Lakers Announce Hiring of Spero Dedes as Radio Play-By-Play Announcer

EL SEGUNDO, June 30 -- The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Spero Dedes to a multi-year contract as play-by-play announcer for radio, it was announced today. Dedes will join former Lakers player Mychal Thompson who serves as color analyst on radio broadcasts which will be carried on XTRA Sports 570.

“I am elated to join the Lakers organization,” said Dedes. “This is one of the great jobs in all of sports and a tremendous franchise. I am looking forward to bringing the action into the homes and cars of Lakers fans throughout Southern California.”

Dedes was most recently the host of NBA TV's Hardwood Classics, and the NBA "Insiders" -- a nightly, live, 60-minute interview program dealing with "everything NBA." For the past two seasons, Dedes has handled NBA TV's First Round Playoff play-by-play duties as well.

Dedes, has served as the voice of the YES Network's collegiate sports coverage (football and basketball), and served as a fill in as YES' play-by-play announcer on Nets' telecasts behind Ian Eagle and as a studio host for the Yankees' and Nets' pre and postgame shows.

Dedes has been a play-by-play voice on CBS' coverage of NCAA men's college basketball and Westwood One's coverage of NCAA football and basketball. He has also called NFL action on FOX, and this past August was in Athens as a reporter/play-by-play announcer on NBC's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Dedes, 26, began his broadcasting career at WFAN Radio in New York, where he handled 20/20 updates and served as the Jets' beat reporter. Also in 2001, Dedes was the radio voice of the Arena Football League's New Jersey Gladiators, working alongside WFAN's NFL expert, Steve Cohen.

The Paramus, N.J., native and 2001 Fordham graduate was the inaugural recipient of the Marty Glickman Award, given to the Fordham announcer who best exemplifies the standards set by the late sports broadcasting icon.