Roger Hoover, the “voice” of Suns baseball will anchor this year’s radio broadcast joined by Kyle Crooks, and Joe Kuczynski. The team will bring all 140 games to the First Coast airwaves on the Suns Baseball Network, with night games available on AM 600 & FM 100.3 The Answer and day games airing on FM 102.3 The Beach.
Hoover is in his fourth season as the Director of Broadcasting and radio/television play-by-play announcer for the Jacksonville Suns. The 2015 season marks his eighth year broadcasting professional baseball.
Hoover has spent the past seven seasons broadcasting baseball in the Southern League, starting as a broadcast assistant with the Tennessee Smokies in 2009 for three seasons before joining the Suns. His experience in the Southern League includes: providing play-by-play in the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014 Southern League Championship Series, working with baseball Hall of Famer and 2009 Smokies manager Ryne Sandberg, being a part of the radio coverage for the 2010, 2012, and 2013 Southern League All-Star Games, as well as the 2010 Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.
In the baseball offseason, Hoover is the radio play-by-play broadcaster for University of Alabama women’s basketball on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, and also provides play-by-play for SEC Network+ broadcasts of baseball, softball, and soccer. Hoover is also an associate producer of Chicago Cubs Spring Training webcasts since 2011.
Kyle Crooks is in his first season as the Communications Assistant for the Jacksonville Suns. The 2015 season will be his first broadcasting professional baseball.
Crooks spent the last two years as the Sports Director at William Paterson University’s award-winning radio station, WPSC-FM. As Sports Director, Crooks manned a team of broadcasters, created broadcast schedules, and completed routine air-checks. He was the lead play-by-play voice of the University’s football, basketball, baseball, and softball teams.
Crooks was recognized nationally for his play-by-play at the 2014 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards. He was also honored as “Best Sports Broadcaster” at the WPU Communication Department awards ceremony.
While leading the sports department at WPSC, Crooks interned in New York City with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. In the baseball offseason, Crooks provides play-by-play coverage of local high school sports in northern New Jersey for NJ.org/Varsity. For the web-streaming service he voices football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball.
Crooks, a native of Pompton Plains, N.J., began his broadcasting career at County College of Morris, hosting a weekly sports talk show on the school’s radio station. There he received his associate degree in broadcasting while graduating with cum laude honors. At WPU, Crooks hosted a sports talk show called “The Sports Drive” that was recognized nationally as a finalist by the 2014 IBS Awards for “Best Sports Talk Show.” He received his bachelor’s in broadcast journalism and graduated WPU with the honors of magna cum laude.
Allison Banko is in her first season as a reporter for the Jacksonville Suns. She has more than five years of sports reporting experience, most recently as a lead writer for Bleacher Report. Banko is currently an account executive for Reputation Ink, a marketing and public relations firm in downtown Jacksonville.
While obtaining her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida, Banko covered nearly every Gators sports beat, including baseball, basketball, football, swimming, softball and gymnastics. Her content was regularly featured in both print and digital outlets including Fox Sports Scout’s Fightin’ Gators, Gator Country and Alligator Sports.
Banko was also a reporter and on-air personality for MarketingSherpa, writing case studies from her interviews with marketers from around the world. In industry conferences speckled across the United States, Banko starred as the female on-air reporter for a video series she helped found, the Media Center. More of Banko’s media experience is with publications including Good Housekeeping, SRQ Magazine,Back\slash Magazine, The Alligator and Her Campus Media. She is originally from Sarasota, Florida.
Joe Kuczynski is the network producer for the Suns. Along with producing coverage of the Suns home games, he edits video features and in depth shows for the season. This is Joe’s first season with the Suns as well as his first in Jacksonville.
Prior to moving to the sunshine state, Joe lived in Knoxville, Tennessee where he obtained his master’s degree in journalism and electronic media from the University of Tennessee. While at UT, Joe also spent time with the athletic department as an editor and producer covering Tennessee Vols sports and assisting in the live coverage of basketball and soccer games for the SEC Network. Originally from a small town in Western Massachusetts, Joe left his home to get his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. As a member of the Hofstra Pride, Joe was an on air talent for WRHU and served as a play-by-play commentator for Hofstra’s baseball team. After graduation, he would spend five years in New York City working for NY1 News as a video editor and sports producer.
The Suns Baseball Network will once again air each game on radio this season, with night games available on AM 600 & FM 100.3 The Answer and day games airing on FM 102.3 The Beach. In addition, every Suns broadcast will be streamed live and free via the Internet at http://www.jaxsuns.com, as well as available on the Suns mobile app.