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Scott Gross (right) and Mitch Beckstead

Scott Gross

ISU Athletics

I began my broadcasting career at KWIK / KPKY radio in Pocatello in 1986 working for my mentor, former Voice of the Bengals, Jim Fox. I was the fill-in morning sports host producing several segments daily, covering local and national sports scores and highlights.

In 1987 I started working on local high school football and basketball broadcasts for Pocatello and Highland High Schools doing color commentary. My first game broadcast was a bit of a surprise. I had reached out to current ISU radio analyst Brad Bugger to ask if he needed someone do statistics for a Pocatello High School basketball game on a night when Jim Fox was out of town. I showed up with a pencil and a notepad thinking I would merely be handing statistical information to Brad while he did the play-by-play. Before I knew it, Brad handed me a headset and I did my first broadcast as a color commentator.

In the Summer of 1989, I was asked by Jim Fox to take on the play-by-play duties for the Pocatello Giants baseball team of the Pioneer League. This began five summers of being the voice of the Pocatello Giants, Pocatello Pioneers, and lastly the Pocatello Posse in 1993. It was in these years I honed my skills in broadcasting. I had the privilege of covering the early years of several future MLB players including pitchers Pat Rapp, Steve Reed, and Cory Lidle. I also got to meet several MLB executives and traveling coaches. Most memorable of these were Dan Duquette of the Montreal Expos and former Atlanta Braves catcher Bruce Benedict. In 1993 I became the exclusive play-by-play announcer for Pocatello High School football and basketball. I continued in this role for the next 14 years. In that time frame I was fortunate to call several championships for the football and basketball teams at Pocatello High. The most memorable of these was the 1999 A-1 Div. 1 Idaho State Basketball Championship which broke a 30-year title drought for the Indians and then following it up with a back-to-back championship run in 2000.

Eventually I began to cover Highland High and Century High sports along with Pocatello High. Again, I was fortunate to be a part of several championship broadcasts during this time. What I have cherished most during the nearly 40 years covering high school sports in Idaho, is the myriad of friendships I have developed with coaches, players, parents, officials, and fellow broadcasters.

I’m married to Katrina. We are proud parents of seven children and one granddaughter.

I am thrilled and humbled to be the next Voice of the Idaho State University Bengals!