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John Ireland (sportscaster)

John Ireland is an American sportscaster based in Southern California.[1]

Radio career

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

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

Since 1995, Ireland has been 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.

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


Ireland is a graduate of Corona del Mar High School, in Newport Beach, California.

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


  1. ^ Sports Crew, CBS Los Angeles