Los Angeles Lakers radio networks
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The Los Angeles Lakers radio networks consist of two separate networks for the coverage of Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball. One is an English language network while the other is a Spanish language network. There are 17 total stations in four states (Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico) between the two networks.
- 1 On-air personnel
- 2 English-language network
- 3 Spanish-language network
- 4 Former affiliates for either network
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Current announcers for the English-language network include John Ireland as the play-by-play announcer since 2011. The color commentator since 2004 is former Lakers player (with the team for their 1987 & 1988 championships) Mychal Thompson. Thompson, who originally worked with Spiro Deedes stayed on as announcers when the broadcasts moved from KLAC to KSPN at the start of the 2009-2010 season.
Former on-air personnel for the network have included legendary play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn and former NBA player Stu Lantz as a color commentator. Pat Riley served as a color commentator for the network from 1977 until late 1979 when he became an assistant coach for the team.
The English-language Los Angeles Lakers Radio Network is a three-state, 17-station network with KSPN ("710 ESPN") serving as the flagship. Starting with the 2009-2010 season, KSPN took over the flagship position under a five-year deal, thus ending the Lakers' three-decade relationship with KLAC. KLAC served as the Lakers' flagship station from 1977 to 2009.
- KHTY/970: Bakersfield
- KSZL/1230: Barstow
- KFSD/1450: Escondido
- KYNO/1430: Fresno
- KAVL/610: Lancaster
- KSPN/710: Los Angeles (network flagship since start of 2009-2010 season)
- KSPA/1510: Ontario
- KPSI/920: Palm Springs
- KVTA/1520: Port Hueneme/Ventura
- KLOA/1240: Ridgecrest
- KTIE/590: San Bernardino
- KLSD/1360: San Diego
- KKJL/1400: San Luis Obispo
- KTMS/990: Santa Barbara
- KWAC/1490: Bakersfield
- KWKW/1330: Los Angeles (network flagship)
- KWKU/1220: Pomona
- KURS/1520: San Diego
Former affiliates for either network
- KLAC/570: Los Angeles (network flagship from 1977 to 2009)
- KERN/1410: Bakersfield (2002)
- KGAM/1450: Palm Springs (2002)
- KIXW/960: Apple Valley (2002)
- KKZQ/100.1: Tehachapi (2002)
- KMSL/1510: Ontario (1998)
- KSMA/1240: Santa Maria (2002)
- KXO/1230: El Centro (until 2009)
- KBKY/94.1: Merced (until 2009)
- KGST/1600: Fresno (until 2009)
- Bresnahan, Mike (December 12, 2008). "Lakers' Andrew Bynum wants to be in the game at the end". Los Angeles Times.
- "Lakers moving radio home to 710 ESPN". Los Angeles Business Journal. December 12, 2008.
- "Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Sports Radio Station Lands Lakers Broadcast". Tribune Business News. August 9, 1998.
- Rhoden, William C. (May 13, 2000). "Sports of The Times; Riley Finding His Time Is Passing By". The New York Times.
- "Lakers Broadcast Information". Los Angeles Lakers. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
- Synder, Stephanie (September 1, 2004). "The NBA Finals on Lakers Radio KLAC". Radio Magazine.
- "Follow the Lakers on Radio". Los Angeles Lakers. August 7, 2002.