Ray Lane (sportscaster)

Ray Lane (born 1930) is an American sportscaster from Detroit, Michigan. During the late 1940s, Ray played baseball and basketball for the Stags of Mackenzie High School. In 1949, he enrolled at Michigan State University and played baseball for the Spartans while earning a bachelor's degree in communications.[1]


From 1967 through 1972 Lane teamed with Ernie Harwell on Detroit Tigers radio broadcasts; he also worked on the team's television broadcasts from 1999–2003. Lane has also broadcast at various times for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, University of Michigan and Michigan State football and University of Detroit basketball. Lane was also sports director at WJBK television (succeeding Van Patrick) and later at WKBD.[2]

Outside of Michigan, Lane's other works include a stint with the Cincinnati Reds.


Lane is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1969 and 1980, inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, and is a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association,[3] which presented him with the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting in 2003 and the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award in 2014. Lane has also been involved with the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame.

More recently, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm declared October 3, 2009 as Ray Lane Day throughout the state.[4]


Lane has been a member of the Corporate Leadership Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Detroit since 1972. He has also been an active fundraiser for the United Foundation and the Sanctuary in Royal Oak, MI. Lane is the father of St. Louis television anchor Deanne Lane.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
  3. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
  4. http://mich.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-25488-223718--,00.html
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