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.
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.
The Spanish-language network is a two-state, four-station network with KWKW serving as its flagship.
Former affiliates for either network
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