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Spero Dedes Dodges DWI, Gets Knicks Radio Job

FishbowlLA is thrilled to hear from ESPN that former Lakers radio play-by-play man Spero Dedes has managed to circumvent some recent, personal July 4 weekend fireworks.

When Dedes was booked on a DWI in Southampton last month, much speculation ensued about whether or not the New York Knicks would back out of plans to hire him as their new radio play-by-play guy. But all is good again in the Dedes world, with the talented 32-year-old set to glide this fall from ESPN 710 Radio in LA to ESPN 1050 Radio in New York:

“I can remember walking into Madison Square Garden for my first Knicks game as a teenager and feeling the magic of the place,” Dedes said in the statement. “I’ve been in love with this franchise ever since. When I was a broadcast student at Fordham all I dreamt about was what it would feel like to be a Knicks announcer and now it’s become reality. I’m truly humbled by this opportunity, and having my family close to me again means a great deal. In addition, I’m forever grateful to the Lakers organization for my time spent there.”

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Spero Dedes Heading to New York to Cover Knicks

It was a bit of a surprise when news broke yesterday that John Ireland was replacing Spero Dedes as the Lakers’ play-by-play man for 710 AM ESPN Radio. Dedes had held the job for the past six seasons. But the Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth seems to have figured out what’s going on. He reports that Dedes has taken a job as the radio and TV play-by-play man for the New York Knicks–”a contract that will allow him to continue working for CBS on the NFL and college basketball.”

Lakers spokesman John Black told Hoffarth that prior to the Knicks deal, the Lakers had worked out a tentative verbal agreement with Dedes to handle the TV play-by-play this season, “but he had a change of heart.”

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Bill Macdonald and John Ireland to Handle Lakers Play-by-Play Next Season (If There Is One)

The NBA is probably headed for a lockout. But if there are games to be played next year, the Lakers have their radio and television play-by-play announcers nailed down. Bill Macdonald, it was announced today, will partner with long-time color commentator Stu Lantz to call TV games on Fox Sports West and KCAL 9 for the 2011-12 season, while former sideline reporter John Ireland will join Mychal Thompson on 710 AM ESPN Radio.

Both Macdonald and Ireland have four local Emmys to their names.

Macdonald is currently the host of the Fox Sports West  pre-and post-game shows “Lakers Live,” “Angels Live” and “Ducks Live,” while Ireland co-hosts the Mason and Ireland Show on 710 AM ESPN Radio.

Cleveland Cavaliers Dunk on LA Sports Media

Oops. That’s all that can be said today in the halls of ESPN 710 AM radio following the Lakers’ embarrassing 104-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Among those rubbing it in: Cleveland ABC-TV affiliate Channel 5. With great glee, the station shares this morning the text of a pre-game promo heard on the LA station:

“Tomorrow, the champs are in Cleveland to get another quality practice in before the All-Star break. Oh yeah, the Cavaliers will be there, too. Doing what? Who knows?”

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The Prop-8 Trial Re-Enactments Coming Soon

Patrick Range McDonald (don’t call him a blogger) at LA Weekly’s Queer Town sent us this. Above is a preview of filmmaker John Ireland‘s re-enactment of inside the courtroom of the Prop 8 trial.

McDonald writes:

Screen Actors Guild actors, who are not being paid for their work, portray the real life participants of the gay marriage ban trial.

Ireland Productions asks for donations to help defray the costs to produce the re-enactments.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Cameras Aren’t Allow at Prop 8 Trial, But Tweeters Are

  • Nancie Clare is the New Editor of LAT Magazine

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    Nancie Clare

    Named Editor of LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 12, 2009 – The Los Angeles Times Media Group announced today that Nancie Clare will take on the role of Editor for The Times monthly, Sunday magazine effective immediately.

    “Nancie Clare brings a wealth of talent to her position as LA’s Editor,” said The Times Editor Russ Stanton. “Her vision for our Sunday magazine’s coverage of all things Southern Californian promises to be fresh and eclectic.”

    As an original member of the LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine’s September 2008 launch team, Clare served as Deputy Editor. She has been involved in every aspect of the publication’s conceptualization and development and became Executive Editor in January 2009. Clare will now oversee all of LA’s multimedia content, creative direction, and editorial staff, and will work alongside Publisher, Steve Gellman.

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