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Dan's The Community Man

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Ever wondered what a hockey radio broadcaster does in the offseason?

Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Rusanowsky has been making the rounds throughout the Bay Area this summer.
The voice of the San Jose Sharks, Dan Rusanowsky, has spent his summer traveling throughout the Bay Area, lending his famous voice and personable demeanor to various charity functions and local events.

On June 30, Rusanowsky joined other local radio and TV personalities at the Oakland Athletics 12th Annual MUG Root Beer Float Day, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Scooping ice cream, pouring root beer, signing autographs and talking hockey were all in day’s work for Rusanowsky, who happily greeted every fan who waited in line to meet him.

Just a week later, Rusanowsky was once again making floats, doling out smiles and predicting the score of the game at the San Jose Earthquakes Root Beer Float Day, this time benefiting the American Red Cross. Leaving each event covered in vanilla ice cream, Rusanowsky proved that he’s not afraid to make a mess for a good cause.

While most people choose to spend the 4th of July at barbeques or by lounging at the lake, Rusanowsky joined mascot S.J. Sharkie as Co-Grand Marshals of San Jose’s historic Rose, White and Blue Parade. After hitching a ride in a red convertible for the parade, Rusanowsky completed his day by speaking at the event’s picnic.

The Rusanowsky/Sharkie tandem made another stop on July 6, this time to surprise Shirley Lewis when she opened her first meeting as the San Jose Rotary Club’s 99th president. The duo presented Lewis, a long-time Sharks fan with her own Sharks sweater, complete with her name and the number 12 on it to commemorate her year (2012) as the service club’s president.

Rusanowsky has been the voice of the Sharks since the team’s debut in 1991. This 31-year hockey broadcasting veteran is one of the club’s most recognizable figures on-and-off the ice. Rusanowsky, whose calls can be heard on 98.5/102.1 KFOX (KUFX-FM) and the Sharks Radio Network, is responsible for producing all radio broadcasts, directs and administers the multi-station Sharks Radio Network (which reaches fans throughout Northern California and parts of Nevada and Oregon) and oversees the relationship with KFOX.

Rusanowsky will reach an important milestone to start the 2011-12 regular season. San Jose’s regular season opener on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix will be his 1,500th regular season broadcast.

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