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.

On-air personnel[edit]

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 an announcer when the broadcasts moved from KLAC to KSPN at the start of the 2009-2010 season.[1][2]

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.[3] Pat Riley served as a color commentator for the network from 1977 until late 1979 when he became an assistant coach for the team.[4]

English-language network[edit]

The English-language Los Angeles Lakers Radio Network is a three-state, 17-station network with KSPN ("710 ESPN") serving as the flagship.[5] 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.[6] KLAC served as the Lakers' flagship station from 1977 to 2009.[7]

Network affiliates[edit]


Callsign Frequency Location
KHTY 970 AM Bakersfield
KMET 1490 AM Banning
KSZL 1230 AM Barstow
KFSD 1450 AM Escondido
KFIG 940 AM Fresno
KAVL 610 AM Lancaster
KSPN 710 AM Los Angeles (network flagship since start of 2009-2010 season)[1]
KSPA 1510 AM Ontario
KKGX 920 AM Palm Springs
KVTA 1590 AM Ventura
KLOA 1240 AM Ridgecrest
KTIE 590 AM San Bernardino
KLSD 1360 AM San Diego
KXTK 1280 AM San Luis Obispo
KTMS 990 AM Santa Barbara


Callsign Frequency Location
KWWN 1100 AM Las Vegas

New Mexico[edit]

Callsign Frequency Location
KYVA 1230 AM Gallup

Spanish-language network[edit]

The Spanish-language network is a two-state, four-station network with KWKW serving as its flagship.[5]

Network affiliates[edit]


Callsign Frequency Location
KWAC 1490 AM Bakersfield
KWKW 1330 AM Los Angeles (network flagship)
KTMZ 1220 AM Pomona
KURS 1520 AM San Diego


Callsign Frequency Location
KENO 1460 AM Las Vegas

Former affiliates for either network[edit]


Callsign Frequency Location
KTKT 990 AM Tucson (until 2009)


Callsign Frequency Location
KLAC 570 AM Los Angeles (network flagship from 1977 to 2009)[2]
KERN 1410 AM Bakersfield (2002)[8]
KGAM 1450 AM Palm Springs (2002)[8]
KIXW 960 AM Apple Valley (2002)[8]
KKZQ 100.1 FM Tehachapi (2002)[8]
KMSL 1510 AM Ontario (1998)[3]
KSMA 1240 AM Santa Maria (2002)[8]
KXO 1230 AM El Centro (until 2009)
KBKY 94.1 FM Merced (until 2009)
KGST 1600 AM Fresno (until 2009)


Callsign Frequency Location
KENO 1460 AM Las Vegas (2002)[8]
KPTT 630 AM Reno (2002)[8]


  1. ^ a b Bresnahan, Mike (December 12, 2008). "Lakers' Andrew Bynum wants to be in the game at the end". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ a b "Lakers moving radio home to 710 ESPN". Los Angeles Business Journal. December 12, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Sports Radio Station Lands Lakers Broadcast". Tribune Business News. August 9, 1998.
  4. ^ Rhoden, William C. (May 13, 2000). "Sports of The Times; Riley Finding His Time Is Passing By". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b "Lakers Broadcast Information". Los Angeles Lakers. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  6. ^ Goffa, Debbie (December 11, 2008). "Lakers set to switch to 710 ESPN next season". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Snyder, Stephanie (September 1, 2004). "The NBA Finals on Lakers Radio KLAC". Radio Magazine.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Follow the Lakers on Radio". Los Angeles Lakers. August 7, 2002.

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