John Ireland (sportscaster)

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John Ireland
Born (1963-07-15) July 15, 1963 (age 55)
Sports commentary career
Team(s)Los Angeles Lakers
Sports commentator
SportsLos Angeles Lakers

John Ireland (born July 15, 1963)[citation needed], is an American sportscaster based in Southern California, who is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1]

Early Life[edit]

Radio career[edit]

Since 2011 to present, Ireland has been employed as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers.[2][3] He also hosts (along with Steve Mason) a Monday-Friday sports talk show on KSPN-AM radio, from noon to 3 pm.[3]

Previously, Ireland hosted shows at XTRA-AM in San Diego, KLAC-AM in Los Angeles, and nationally on the Fox Sports Radio network. From 1997-2000, Mason and Ireland hosted a live TV/Radio simulcast on the Fox Sports West cable network.

Prior to being named the Lakers announcer, he did part-time play-by-play and sideline work for the Los Angeles Clippers, as well as UCLA football and basketball.

Television career[edit]

From 1995 through 2012, Ireland was employed as a sports anchor/reporter by KCBS/KCAL-TV, the Viacom-owned duopoly in Los Angeles. From 2002-2010, he worked as the sideline reporter for all Los Angeles Lakers broadcasts on KCAL-TV.[4]

Previously, he worked as a sportscaster at KTVE-TV in Monroe, Louisiana; KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas; and KUSI-TV in San Diego, California. In San Diego, he won two Emmy awards for best sportscast.[1]


Ireland is a graduate of Corona del Mar High School, in Newport Beach, California, Class of 1981.[5]

He received a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA in 1985,[1] and was the sports director of the campus radio station, KLA-AM.[6] He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.


  1. ^ a b c "John Ireland". CBS Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09.
  2. ^ Medina, Mark (June 21, 2011). "Lakers name Bill Macdonald and John Ireland as team's play-by-play announcers for 2011-2012 season". LA Times. Archived from the original on Jun 11, 2018. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Lev, Michael (December 12, 2013). "Lev: John Ireland's best call is channeling Chick". OC Register.
  4. ^ Hoffarth, Tom (January 20, 2011). "MEDIA: L.A.'S BEST/WORST TV PERSONALITIES: Maggio brings what KCBS/KCAL is looking for". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Szabo, Matt (August 7, 2007). "IRELAND:Former Sea King no paper boy". Daily Pilot. Archived from the original on June 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Lee, Jordan (February 11, 2015). "Q&A: Lakers radio host, UCLA alumnus discusses his beginnings in the industry". Daily Bruin. Retrieved June 11, 2018.