“Voice of the Bears” Scott Stuccio begins his third season behind the microphone of the American Hockey League’s eldest and most storied franchise this fall. The 2013-14 season will be his seventh overall in the AHL.
Stuccio credits best friend and former Bears/current Washington Capitals radio voice John Walton for his career start, as Walton once featured Stuccio in a 2006-07 edition of “Bear Trax”. Originally hired by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the summer of 2007 in the marketing department, Stuccio took over the Penguins’ play-by-play duties in October of 2007. After three years of play calling, he served as Director of Communications while simultaneously adding color commentary on game broadcasts throughout the 2010-11 season. Stuccio then joined the Chocolate and White in August of 2011, adding his name to a long list of Bears radio voices including but not limited to Walton, Dave Mishkin, Dan Kamal, J.D. Mathers and Bob Payne.
Stuccio’s tenure on the headset has included calling the action of the 2008 Calder Cup Finals in just his first season. He also assisted on the broadcast of the 2011 Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic at GIANT Center over international radio alongside Grady Whittenburg, the voice of the Binghamton Senators, in January of 2011. He also added behind-the-scenes coverage of the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic on New Years’ Day.
While with the Bears, Stuccio brought the excitement of the largest-attended game in AHL history to Bears Nation when Hershey took on the Adirondack Phantoms at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park on January 6, 2012. This Outdoor Classic was the culminating event of the NHL’s Winter Classic Week.
Last season, Stuccio called his second game within the elements, bringing the action of the Capital BlueCross AHL Outdoor Classic to homes worldwide from Hersheypark Stadium on January 20. He was also selected to serve as on-ice reporter and commentator for the Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic Weekend from Providence, Rhode Island.
Away from his broadcasting duties, Stuccio assists Bears President/GM Doug Yingst in helping coach aspiring young goaltenders with the Hershey Junior Bears Quebec Team, a group that competes with several other nations in an international pee-wee tournament in Quebec each February.
Prior to his entering the AHL in 2007, Stuccio spent 12 ½ years at WYOU-TV in Scranton as chief meteorologist, and played recreational hockey throughout that time. He enjoys playing, studying, and breathing the sport of hockey, and also enjoys golf and racquetball. Stuccio lives in Hershey.
Jim Jones enterrs his fifth season in 2013-14 as a sideline reporter for the Bears Radio Network. Jones is certainly no stranger to Bears fans, as he has served the organization as in-arena host at Giant Center and at Hersheypark Arena. His duties on game nights have prepared him well for his new role on radio, as he has hundreds of player interviews under his belt at ice level. As both a pre-game show host and radio analyst, Jones has the unique distinction of having worked with the last three Bears broadcasters in Dan Kamal, Dave Mishkin and John Walton. In addition to his role in games, fans in Hershey have come to know him as the post game jersey auctioneer, an integral part of Hershey’s commitment to the community.
Having been within the Bears organization since 1994 in various capacities, Jones experienced perhaps the apex of his tenure with the organization in the spring of 2009. He served as sideline reporter not only for Hershey’s television coverage with Walton, Gregg Mace and Ed Coffey on ABC-27’s digital channel, but he also served as analyst for the American Hockey League’s coverage on TSN2 throughout Canada. In TSN’s coverage from Vancouver to St. John’s Newfoundland, he gave viewers north of the border the Hershey perspective of the best-of-seven series. Jones was also on the ice covering the postgame celebration from Winnipeg as the Bears claimed Calder Cup number 10 north of the border. He also anchored the Bears Radio Network’s on-ice post-game coverage at Giant Center in 2010 as Hershey won its 11th Calder Cup over the Texas Stars.
A proud 1980 graduate of Penn State University, Jones is the Director of Golf Operations at Fairview Golf Course in Lebanon, part of the Distinct Golf group. He resides in Lebanon with his wife Sue and their daughter Alex.
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