It all started in Philadelphia amid Dean Stone's teenage years, when his Aunt and Uncle took Dean out to a local electronics store to buy him a Hi-Fi Stereo for his birthday. After returning home, Dean proceeded to spend countless hours listening to the radio and playing cassettes and vinyl records. It was during this time that Dean noticed two jacks in the front of the system; one for headphones and the other for a microphone.
After already enjoying hours of talking into a tape recorder his Dad brought home from work one day, Dean was very curious to see how much fun it would be to talk on a microphone through stereo speakers, instead of speaking into a tape recorder then listening to the playback. With a few extra dollars in hand from his birthday, Dean walked across town to the local Radio Shack, where he found and purchased a Realistic brand microphone.
Back at the house, in the basement where the stereo was located, Dean unraveled the microphone, inserted its plug into the "mic" jack and as they say, the rest is history. The main features of the stereo that Dean was initially so thrilled about were now secondary to this newly discovered feature. Dean would continue to spend hours enjoying the stereo, but his voice was the only sound coming through the speakers. From reading sports scores listed in the local paper to announcing every time his mother brought down a load of laundry to the adjoining laundry room, everything and everyone Dean came in contact with in that basement living room became part of the show.
About four years later, Dean took to the local airwaves and hosted his own radio program at WRDV-FM during his senior year in high school. Fun as it was talking on the radio from the cellar of a municipal building in nearby Bucks County, he wanted to do more in communications, and be seen as well as heard.
Dean went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he would obtain a Bachelors of Arts Degree with a major in Communication from the Ivy League institution's prestigious Annenberg School for Communication. Even before graduating, he was made a reporter and fill-in sports anchor during his internship at NBC affiliate WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
After graduating, Dean headed west to become an investigative reporter at NBC affiliate KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, California. Soon after, he would accept a position at WTAJ-TV, a local CBS station based in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It was there he was told by the news director that he should pick another line of work because he wasn't good enough to be in television news. After being let go by the station, Dean was ready to turn a negative into a positive by utilizing his broadcast and announcing skills to the best of his ability.
So, Dean returned to Atlantic City and just by chance, while perusing the classifieds in The Press of Atlantic City, he came across a job at Resorts Casino Hotel for an emcee to host games, tournaments and giveaways. He applied for the post, auditioned, and was immediately hired.
While speaking half of the time on a microphone on The Boardwalk in front of the property and the other half from a balcony overlooking the casino floor, thousands of patrons both indoors and out got an earful of Dean's delivery on a daily basis. Because Atlantic City is synonymous with boxing, people frequently approached him to suggest he should announce the fights. Being a boxing fan and having attended many fights over the years, the idea seemed to be the next logical step in his career path.
Dean, with the help of friends and people he was introduced to in boxing, pursued his first ring announcing job. After months of calling around to local promoters trying to land his first gig, he finally got the break he was looking for and was asked to announce an all-women’s professional boxing card at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City in May of 1998.
Since his debut that night in the ring, Dean instantly put himself on the map as a boxing ring announcer, and before long was hired to introduce a myriad of fights for various promoters. From 1998 to 2003, he became the premier announcer on the East Coast, successfully covering almost every noteworthy boxing event in Atlantic City as well as the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas, many of which were broadcast on ESPN, Showtime and Pay-Per-View. It was also during that time that MMA was making its presence known, and Dean became the voice of the popular King of the Cage series, traveling bimonthly to the West Coast to present their Pay-Per-Views. In 2011, after a few years absence, he reunited with King of the Cage and there is no doubt both sides are thrilled he is back announcing their now weekly televised events around the country.
So far, Dean has announced in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
Outside the U.S., he traveled to Canada and the Philippines for MMA, Thailand for Muay Thai and the US Virgin Islands, Canada and South America to announce boxing.
In August 2014, Dean made his Hollywood debut by becoming the cage announcer on the hit MMA drama series "Kingdom" on DirecTV's Audience Network. Since that time, he has become a SAG-AFTRA member, with hopes of appearing on other fight-related TV shows and movies in the future.
To see where Dean will be announcing next, please visit the Event Calendar page.