Lakers Broadcast Information
While entering his 28th season broadcasting Lakers games, this will be Stu Lantz’s 12th season working television exclusively as color commentator. With the end of the Lakers simulcast era prior to the 2003-04 season, Stu now teams with play-by-play man Bill Macdonald and broadcasts every Lakers game televised on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Providing each broadcast with his expert analysis and unique insight garnered through his 40-plus years associated with the NBA as both a player and color commentator, he has received numerous awards over the years. Chosen Southern California’s best radio color commentator six times by the Southern California Sports Broadcaster’s Association and best television color commentator on seven occasions, Stu has also won seven local EMMY Awards for his work in the Best Live Sports Telecast category.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska (1968), the Cornhuskers officially retired his uniform number (22) on October 17, 1989 during halftime ceremonies of a Lakers’ preseason game in Lincoln. Born in Uniontown, PA, Stu was originally a third round draft pick of the San Diego Rockets in 1968. Spending his first three seasons in San Diego, he enjoyed his finest pro campaign in 1970-71, averaging career-high figures in both scoring (20.6) and rebounding (5.0). The following season, Stu ranked sixth overall in the NBA in free throw percentage (.838). He also played for the Detroit Pistons (1972-1974) and New Orleans Jazz (1974) prior to being traded to the Lakers in December of 1974. He played less than two seasons in Los Angeles before announcing his retirement following the 1976-77 campaign due to a back injury.
Immediately following his playing career, Stu embarked on a broadcasting career, serving as a commentator for the San Diego Clippers, San Diego State University, CBS and the NBA Radio Network. In addition to his broadcast work, for 20-plus years, he also served as an instructor at Pete Newell’s renowned Big Man’s Camp during the offseason, helping improve the skill-set of some of the game’s premier big men. Stu and his wife, Linda, live in San Diego and are the parents of Todd, Kristin and Shane.
Stu and his wife, Linda, live in San Diego and are the parents of Todd, Kristin and Shane.
Long-time Southern California area broadcaster and four-time local Emmy Award-winning announcer and host Bill Macdonald enters his fourth season behind the mic as Lakers television play-by-play announcer on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
The versatile Macdonald, a fixture on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket since its inception in 1985 through the Lakers final season on the network (2012), has broadcast in a variety of capacities over the years as host, field reporter and play-by-play announcer for professional basketball, baseball and hockey, among other sports.
The host of pre- and post-game shows “Lakers Live,” “Angels Live” and “Ducks Live” before joining the Lakers announcing team, Macdonald has also served as the play-by-play voice for UCLA men’s basketball and football and Los Angeles Avengers football.
Having filled in as the Angels, Ducks and Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer over the years as well as the Lakers play-by-play announcer on both television and radio, Macdonald most notably called Kobe Bryant’s historic 81-point game on January 22, 2006.
Over the years, Macdonald’s hosting duties have included the “UCLA Sports Magazine,” the Emmy Award winning Kings pre-game show “Break the Ice,” “Carl’s Jr. Sports Roundtable,” the Pac-10 basketball tournament from STAPLES Center, the multiple Emmy award winning nightly sports news program “Press Box” and live, phone-in talk show “It’s Your Call.”
Actively involved with charities such as the Special Olympics, the Ronald McDonald House and the NBA’s Read to Achieve, Macdonald’s work on “Training for Life: The California Special Olympics” was awarded yet another Emmy.
Born in Bronxville (NY) but moving to Corona del Mar (CA) at an early age, Macdonald attended the University of Southern California where he graduated in 1981 with a degree in communications.
Currently residing in Newport Coast, Macdonald is the proud father of three sons: twin boys, Kirk and Cory, and Billy Jr.
Entering his fifth season as the Lakers sideline reporter, Mike Trudell will maneuver around the court and locker room for Time Warner Cable SportsNet alongside play-by-play voice Bill Macdonald and analyst Stu Lantz.
Trudell also serves as the team's beat reporter for Lakers.com, as he has since the 2008-09 season as a full-time member of the team's traveling staff. He added sideline TV duties for road games only during the 2010-11 campaign and handled all locally televised games in the inaugural Time Warner Cable SportsNet season of 2012-13. In addition, Trudell serves as a frequent guest analyst and occasional fill-in host on TWCSN programming.
In 2013-14, Trudell added radio sideline duties during games for ESPN LA 710 alongside play-by-play man John Ireland and analyst Mychal Thompson. He also serves as a sports talk radio host for ESPN LA 710.
Like the Lakers, Trudell came to Los Angeles from Minnesota, where he was the reporter for Timberwolves.com from 2006-08. He also worked for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe and was a play-by-play announcer for the University of Minnesota's women's soccer team, in addition to several high school sports teams. In 2014-15, Trudell did D-League play-by-play for L.A. D-Fenders games as well.
Trudell is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., outside of Chicago, with a double major in history. He played Big Ten varsity soccer and also honed his broadcast skills at the campus TV (NNN) and radio (WNUR) stations.
Raised in Lake Minnetonka, Minn., Trudell currently resides in Marina del Rey with his wife, Annie, identical twin boys Jett and Talan, and French Bulldog, Lyla.
Television en Español
Adrian Garcia Marquez
One of the most diverse sports broadcasters in the country, Adrian Garcia Marquez enters his third season as the team’s Spanish-language television play-by-play announcer. Teaming with color commentator Francisco Pinto on the award-winning broadcast, the duo earned the ‘Best Live Call’ honor at the 2012 NBA Broadcasting Awards, and most recently were part of the broadcast (versus Toronto on December 8th) that garnered a 2013 LA Area Emmy Award for Live Sports Coverage.
A venerable jack of all trades, Garcia Marquez has more than a decade of experience in the industry, having broadcast games in English and/or Spanish for the Lakers, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Clippers and USC Trojans. A Southern California native, Garcia Marquez’s focus on the area’s teams has made him one of the preeminent sports voices in the Southland.
Before joining the Lakers broadcast team, Garcia Marquez was a network anchor and reporter for KMEX –TV in Los Angeles and at Univision Sports. Prior to that, he was FOX Deportes’ lead Major League Baseball play-by-play announcer, calling four World Series for the network, and was also featured as the top boxing announcer for Top Rank Boxing’s ‘Top Rank Live.’
Garcia Marquez spent five years working for Telemundo Los Angeles at KVEA-TV and sister station KWHY-TV. There he served as a sports anchor and was named to the first ever U.S.-based Spanish-language broadcast Olympic team, where he called baseball and basketball for the 2004 games in Athens.
In 2001, Garcia Marquez was hired by ESPN International and ESPN Deportes and served as an announcer, reporter and analyst on programs such as NFL Primetime, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, Wednesday Night Baseball and Sunday Night Baseball. That same year, he was named the voice of the Boston Red Sox en Español before moving on to Univision and Telefutura, for whom he covered the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
The Spanish radio play-by-play man for the Oakland A’s in 2000 after hosting the San Diego Padres pregame show on K-1040 AM in 1999, Garcia Marquez got his first break in 1998 with the San Diego Flash, calling soccer games on TV in Spanish. Over the years, he has also crossed over into English-language broadcasting, working for FSN Prime Ticket as a Dodgers reporter in 2007 and ESPN Radio AM 710 as a reporter and fill in co-host in 2008.
Garcia Marquez currently resides in Corona with his wife Erica and children Andrea and Adrian Jr.
Adrian Garcia Marquez, uno de los comentaristas deportivos mas versatiles en los Estados Unidos se unio a Time Warner Cable SportsNet y Time Warner Cable Deportes para la incepcion de este proyecto historico, como narrador en television de los Los Angeles Lakers, comenzando en la temporada 2012-13. Actualmente trabaja para la cadena narrando en Español los juegos del L.A. Galaxy a traves de KWHY-TV. Un narrador multifacetico venerable, Garcia Marquez tiene mas de una decada de experiencia en la industria y se ha encargado de la cronica tanto en español como en ingles para varias de las instituciones deportivas mas respetadas del pais, en las disciplinas de beisbol, basketbol, futbol americano, boxeo, y futbol, incluyendo Lakers, Galaxy, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels de Anaheim, Boston Red Sox, Oakland A's, Los Angeles Clippers, y USC Trojans. El oriundo de San Diego, California se ha enfocado en los equipos del area lo que hace de el una voz local prominente de los deportes.
Antes de unirse a Time Warner Cable SportsNet y Time Warner Cable Deportes, Garcia Marquez fue uno de los principales presentadores y reporteros deportivos para la cadena Univision y KMEX-TV en Los Angeles.
Previo a su estadilla con Deportes Univision, Adrian fue la voz del Beisbol de Grandes Ligas para Fox Deportes donde aparte de encargarse del juego semanal sabatino, narro los juegos de postemporada y 5 Series Mundiales para la cadena. Igualmente relato la accion golpe a golpe para Top Rank Boxing.
Garcia Marquez fue de los primeros talentos deportivos hispanos en hacer el "crossover" a Ingles cuando paso a FSN Prime Ticket como reportero de los Dodgers para la temporada 2007 y en ESPN Radio 710 en Los Angeles, como reportero y co-conductor en el 2008.
Francisco Pinto, a veteran television sports host, anchor and analyst for more than 15 years, returns for his third season as the team’s Spanish-language television color commentator. Pinto formed the Lakers inaugural Time Warner Cable Deportes broadcast tandem alongside play-by-play announcer Adrian Garcia Marquez in 2012-13, and the pair have gone on to win the 2012 NBA Broadcasting Award for Best Live Call and a 2013 LA Area Emmy Award for Live Sports Coverage for the contest between the Lakers and Raptors on December 8th of that year.
Prior to joining the Lakers broadcast team, Pinto spent 12 years with KMEX-TV, Univision’s LA affiliate, where he was a sports anchor for seven years before switching to news and becoming a host on the station’s morning newscast, Primera Edicion. Having covered many of the biggest sporting events in the world, including two World Cups (2002 and 2006) and several NBA Finals, Super Bowls, World Series and world title boxing matches, in 2002, Pinto was the only television reporter from Los Angeles in New England when the Galaxy won its first MLS Cup.
Pinto, who began his broadcasting career in 1996 with a three-year stint as a sports and news anchor at KUVS-TV, Univision’s affiliate for the Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento areas, has also hosted The Rose Parade in Pasadena on three occasions, interviewed dignitaries that include presidents and Nobel Prize winners and earned four Emmy nominations over the course of his career.
A native of Concepcion, Chile and former soccer player, Pinto studied Physical Education at the Universidad de Concepcion, where he played for the university’s soccer team as well as the Deportes Concepcion Reserve Team. Pinto, who also played and coached squash in Chile, later came to the United States to study Sports Medicine at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California.
He and his wife of 16 years, Rachel, reside in the South Bay with their two children, Sofia and Sebastian.
Francisco Pinto se unio a TWC SportsNet y TWC Deportes como el analista de TV en español para los partidos de los Lakers, comenzando con la siguiente temporada 2012-2013 de la NBA. Actualmente tambien trabaja desempeñando el mismo rol en los juegos del L.A. Galaxy. Pinto fue futbolista en Chile y se une al equipo de TWC Deportes y TWC SportsNet despues de trabajar casi 12 años en KMEX-34, filial de Univision en Los Angeles, donde por 7 años fue uno de los principales presentadores de deportes del canal, antes de convertirse en el presentador de los noticieros del fin de semana de la estacion, y durante los ultimos 5 años, en el conductor del programa matutino de KMEX, Primera Edicion. Sus años como comentarista de deportes para Univision, combinados con sus antecedentes como atleta, hizo de el una opcion logica como analista experto para TWC Sports Net y TWC Deportes.
Pinto comenzo su carrera en TV en 1996, en sus primeros 3 años fue el presentador principal de deportes y noticias para KUVS-19, filial de Univision para las areas de Stockton, Modesto y Sacramento. Ha cubierto en vivo algunos de los eventos deportivos mas importantes del mundo, incluyendo las Copas Mundiales de Futbol del 2002 y 2006, finales de la NBA, Super Bowls, Series Mundiales y peleas por titulos mundiales de boxeo. En el 2002, Pinto fue el unico reportero de TV de Los Angeles que estuvo en New England donde el Galaxy gano su primera copa de la MLS, reportando en vivo, antes, durante y despues del historico momento para el equipo galactico.
Pinto ha sido el anfitrion nacional de El Desfile de las Rosas de Pasadena en 3 ocasiones y ha recibido varios premios, incluyendo 4 nominaciones al Emmy y tambien ha entrevistado a innumerables personalidades, incluyendo ganadores de Premios Nobel y Presidentes de Naciones.
Nacido en Concepcion, Chile, Pinto estudio Educacion Fisica en la Universidad de Concepcion, donde jugo futbol para el equipo universitario y tambien para Deportes Concepcion, donde integro los combinados juveniles y reserva de la institucion. Tambien jugo y fue entrenador de squash. En 1995 llego a los EE.UU. a estudiar Medicina Deportiva en el Master's College de Santa Clarita, CA.
Pinto reside en el area de South Bay con su esposa Rachel, y sus dos hijos Sofia y Sebastian.
Serving as the team’s sideline reporter on KCAL-9 from 2002-11, John Ireland returns for his fourth season behind the mic as radio play-by-play announcer for the Lakers.
A four-time local Emmy Award winner for best sports reporting, Ireland currently co-hosts the Mason and Ireland Show on the Lakers flagship station 710 AM ESPNLA Radio.
A local talent who grew up in Corona del Mar and graduated from UCLA in 1985 with a degree in history, Ireland’s career path took him to stations in Monroe (LA), Beaumont (TX) and San Diego (CA) before bringing him home to the Los Angeles area in 1995.
In addition to his studio and “roving reporter” work over the years, Ireland added the Los Angeles Clippers radio play-by-play announcer responsibilities to his resume in 1997, working five seasons in all for the team on a fill-in basis before joining the Lakers beat in 2002. A three-time recipient of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters (SCSB) Irv Kaze Radio Talk Show Host Award, Ireland also previously filled in on radio play-by-play duties for both UCLA and Lakers basketball games.
Ireland, who enjoys pick-up basketball and golf when away from work, is involved in numerous charity organizations that include Autism Speaks among others.
He and his wife, Leasa, reside in Manhattan Beach with their son, Jack.
KSPN 710 AM - Los Angeles
Lakers Radio Network:
KMET 1490 AM - Banning
KSZL 1230 AM - Barstow
KFIG 940 AM - Fresno
KAVL 610 AM - Lancaster
KPSI 920 AM - Palm Springs
KTIE 590 AM - Riverside/San Bernardino
KLSD 1360 AM - San Diego
KKJL 1400 AM - San Luis Obispo
KVTA 1520 AM - Ventura
KRAK 910 AM - Victorville
Outside of California
KBAD 920 AM - Las Vegas
KYVA 1230 AM - New Mexico
A member of the Lakers championship teams in 1987 and 1988, Mychal Thompson enters his 12th season as the team’s radio color commentator. Formerly the Timberwolves television color analyst for two seasons, Thompson teams with play-by-play announcer John Ireland for all Lakers radio broadcasts.
Thompson, a standout at the University of Minnesota, averaged 20.8 ppg throughout his four-year collegiate career and was named All-America following both the 1976-77 and 1977-78 campaigns. The leading scorer in Golden Gopher history with 1,992 points, Thompson was the first overall selection in the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. In 12 seasons and 935 regular season games with the Trailblazers, Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, Thompson averaged 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Prior to joining the Lakers broadcast team, Thompson co-hosted a radio show in Portland, Ore. and also worked with the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics and Trailblazers as a television broadcast color analyst. Thompson also serves as Sports Ambassador for native Bahamas.
Thompson and his wife his wife, Julie, reside in Rancho Santa Margarita and have three sons.
Beginning his 18th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Lakers, Fernando Gonzalez serves as the Spanish Voice of the team, broadcasting every game on 1330 ESPN Deportes, the Lakers Spanish language flagship.
Gonzalez is quite familiar to the Lakers Spanish-speaking audience as he also served as the news director for KWHY-TV and anchored the popular sports news program “Mundo Deportivo.” Gonzalez has received several accolades for his work including the 1995 Golden Mike Award for best sports segment.
Not limited to basketball, Gonzalez has also broadcast a variety of sporting events including World Cup soccer, the Olympic Games, professional boxing, NHL hockey and Pacific-10 football.
Born in Toluca, Mexico, Fernando graduated from La Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico with a law degree.
He and his wife, Maria Teresa, have two children, Luis Fernando and Tatiana and have been residents of Los Angeles since coming to the United States in 1989.
KWKW 1330 AM - Los Angeles (Flagship)
KWAC 1490 AM - Bakersfield
KWKU 1220 AM - Pomona
KENO 1460 AM - Las Vegas
Jose "Pepe" Mantilla
Since 1993, Jose “Pepe” Mantilla has served as color commentator for Lakers Spanish broadcasts, now serving his 22nd season in that capacity. Along with Fernando Gonzalez, Mantilla broadcasts every Lakers game to the team’s large and growing Hispanic audience.
One of the most active sports journalists in Los Angeles, he is also a popular panelist for radio and TV sports shows. In addition to those duties, Pepe even manages to find time to broadcast Major League Baseball, NFL and World Cup soccer contests as well as college football and basketball for FOX.
A graduate of UNAM in Mexico, Pepe and his wife Ivonne have one daughter, Mercedes and one son, Andres, and make their home in Irvine.