John Ireland (sportscaster)
John Alexander Ireland Jr. (born July 15, 1963) 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).
Ireland was born in Santa Monica, California, to Myrna and John Ireland and was raised in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach.
Since 2011, Ireland has been 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 3 pm to 6 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.
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.
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 is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.