John Ireland Named Radio Play-By-Play Voice For Los Angeles Lakers
June 21, 2011 at 4:36 PM (PT)
The LOS ANGELES LAKERS have named ESPN RADIO Sports KSPN-A (710 ESPN)/LOS ANGELES afternoon "MASON AND IRELAND" co-host JOHN IRELAND as the team's new radio play-by-play voice, joining analyst MYCHAL THOMPSON. IRELAND, who has been serving as sideline reporter for LAKERS telecasts on CBS-owned independent KCAL-TV/LOS ANGELES since 2002, replaces SPERO DEDES, who was expected to take the team's television play-by-play position but is exiting the team instead and will join the NEW YORK KNICKS as TV play-by-play announcer, according to sources cited by the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS' TOM HOFFARTH. The LAKERS are heard on a network headed by 710 ESPN.
BILL MACDONALD, host of the LAKERS pre- and plst-game shows on FOX SPORTS WEST, will handle television play-by-play alongside analyst STU LANTZ, replacing JOEL MEYERS, whose contract was not renewed. The LAKERS are entering (barring a lockout) the final season of their deals with FOX SPORTS WEST and KCAL-TV before moving to a new regional sports cable channel formed by the team and TIME WARNER CABLE. FERNANDO GONZALEZ and JOSE "PEPE" MANTILLA will return to call LAKERS games in Spanish on LOTUS Spanish Sports KWKW-A (1330 ESPN DEPORTES)/LOS ANGELES.