Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Veteran Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Rusanowsky returns for his 22nd consecutive season as the “Voice of the Sharks” on Classic Rock KFOX 98.5/102.1 FM and the Sharks Radio Network.
A 33-year veteran of hockey broadcasting at all levels, Rusanowsky is one of the club’s most recognizable figures, both on-and-off the ice. He’s responsible for producing all radio broadcasts, directs and administers the multi-station Sharks Radio Network (which provides coverage of all games for hockey fans in Northern California and parts of Nevada and Oregon) and oversees the relationship with flagship station KFOX 98.5/102.1 FM. A versatile performer, he also contributes to Sharks Magazine, the team’s official game program, and sjsharks.com with regularly featured columns and broadcast reports. He appears on KFOX on weekday game afternoons with “What’s on Tap,” previewing the upcoming action, and frequently joins hosts on KFOX’s sister station, Sports Radio 95.7 “The Game” to talk Sharks hockey.
An active, year-round member of the Bay Area broadcasting community, Rusanowsky is one of a select few play-by-play announcers who have been tapped by NHL Radio to announce the “Game of the Week” on the Westwood One Radio Network. He was on the broadcast team for NHL Radio’s production of the 1997 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose and has presented feature work on the League’s network broadcasts.
Born in Milford, Conn., Rusanowsky’s resume also includes television play-by-play work. A motor racing enthusiast, he currently appears on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s “Race Week” program. He has joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network’s broadcast for live coverage of the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma since 2011. He was a member of the San Jose Grand Prix’s closed circuit track telecast team, covering Champ Car, Toyota Atlantic, Trans-Am, U.S. Touring Car, Historic Stock Car and Formula D action in front of more than 150,000 fans per year from 2005-07. He has called the action on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s coverage of Roller Hockey International telecasts, including the Oakland Skates and the 1995 Murphy Cup Champion San Jose Rhinos. He was also the TV voice of the now-defunct Continental Indoor Soccer League’s San Jose Grizzlies and worked the “CISL Game of the Week” for Prime Network. He also makes regular appearances on Sharks television features.
Rusanowsky has provided the play-by-play call on several Major League Soccer radio broadcasts and A-League “digicasts.” He has served as a guest host on KNBR 680 and 1050 AM, as well as the nationally syndicated “Sports Byline USA/Sports Overnight America” programs. He has brought his voice to radio and television commercials, Atari video games, feature films and corporate video programs over the years. He also hosted “Dan’s Dugout” on Oakland Athletics radio broadcasts in 1993. He ventured back into the baseball world in the summer of 2005 with “Dan’s Diamond Notes,” a regular weekly segment which aired during KFOX’s top-rated morning program.
Rusanowsky was injured in a serious automobile accident on Nov. 25, 2000, ending a continuous broadcast streak of Sharks regular season and playoff games at 774 (he has been behind the microphone for all 158 playoff games in Sharks history). Rusanowsky called his 1,500th Sharks regular season game on October 8, 2011 vs. Phoenix.
Along with his broadcasting duties, Rusanowsky makes numerous public speaking appearances in the community. He serves on the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County Council, Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and Services for Brain Injury. During his years as co-chair of the annual Ultimate Fantasy Hockey Playoffs Draft (thru 2010), benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness, more than $450,000 was raised over its history. He also works with many other community organizations and is an active member of the NHL Broadcaster’s Association.
Before arriving in the Bay Area, Rusanowsky provided the radio play-by-play call for the American Hockey League’s New Haven Nighthawks (1986-91) and was the voice of St. Lawrence University’s NCAA Division I hockey program from 1979-86. He received a bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence and subsequently earned his M.B.A. at Clarkson University.