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Steve Mason Reveals HBO Star’s ‘Pocket Personality’

Today at lunchtime, a memorable pair of anecdotes were shared on 710 ESPN Radio by John Ireland and Steve Mason, chatting on the crossover with Mychal Thompson and Mark Willard.

First, Ireland recalled how he and Mason once owned a horse that started out well but then became a loss leader. They wanted to call the horse Pocket Personality, but the name was taken and they settled instead for Phone Abroad.

Mason meanwhile explained that when he worked on The Late, Late Radio Show with Tom Snyder and Steve Mason, he once asked an absolute knockout of a female guest why she was dating a certain celeb. She admitted it was because he had “pocket personality,” e.g. his wallet was the overriding attraction. Mason promised to share the details on Twitter, only, and did.

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John Ireland, Mychal Thompson Sign Contract Extensions

The Los Angeles Lakers radio team of John Ireland and Mychal Thompson are returning for the 2012-13 NBA season as the duo signed contract extensions Monday.

After spending years as a sideline reporter, Ireland was handed the play-by-play gig when Spero Dedes left for a radio position with the New York Knicks. Thompson has been the color analyst since the 2003-04 season.

710 AM ESPN Radio has been the flagship home of the Lakers since 2009.

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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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.