For the past nine seasons, John Ireland has been the Los Angeles Lakers' sideline reporter for KCAL 9 television. But that has changed because the Corona del Mar High alumnus will now be calling the action.
Ireland, a 1981 graduate of CdM, will be the play-by-play announcer on 710 ESPN radio alongside commentator and former Laker Mychal Thompson, it was announced Tuesday.
Ireland, 47, who has been with KCAL since 1995, replaces Spero Dedes, now with the New York Knicks.
Corona del Mar High must be proud of its alumni. Ireland isn't the only former Sea King with a new Lakers' gig. Bill Macdonald, also a former Sea King, will call the games on TV alongside commentator Stu Lantz on Fox Sports West and KCAL 9.
So, if there is no NBA lockout, Macdonald and Ireland will be the play-by-play announcers for the Lakers for the 2011-12 season.
Ireland has come a long way since his first job in the media business. He began as a paperboy, delivering the Daily Pilot while attending CdM Middle School. He took time out Wednesday to talk to his old paper before working as the emcee at the All-Star Lowsman Trophy Banquet.