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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.

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Knicks Roll Out Blue Carpet for the Lakers Friday Night
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[Photo of Knicks play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes, formerly a 710 ESPN Radio Lakers man, courtesy @SperoDedes]

Knicks Roll Out Blue Carpet For the Lakers Tomorrow Night

Some things never change at Madison Square Garden. Buzz will be in the air when the Los Angeles Lakers make their one appearance of the season at 7th Avenue and 33rd Street.

With that in mind, MSG will have a special edition of Knicks Blue Carpet beginning at 7 p.m.

Several former Knick stars, will walk the “runway” to the World’s Most Famous Arena. Some of the newly crowned Super Bowl winning Giants will also attend the game.

Bill Pidto, Kelly Tripucka, and Alan Hahn host Blue Carpet in the MSG studios, while Tina Cervasio and Jill Martin interview the celebrities arriving for the exciting matchup.

Basking in the big night, Super Bowl champs Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs; supermodel Kate Upton; actors Billy Crudup, Chase Crawford, and Dylan McDermott; Al Roker; and famed Knicks from yesteryear: Allan Houston, Bernard King, Larry Johnson, Anthony Mason, John Starks, and Herb Williams.

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FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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MSG Network Debuts Two Original Knick-Themed Shows

The lockdown has halted the NBA schedule until at least December, so MSG Network is attempting to pick up the slack.

MSG is debuting a pair of original programs focusing on the Knicks of yesteryear.

Knicks Greatest Rivalries will showcase the epic battles of the early 1990s between the Knicks and their biggest adversaries, including the Bulls, Celtics, Pacers and Heat. Hosted by Knicks radio play-by-play man Spero Dedes, the 20-part series will feature former Knicks Derek Harper and Anthony Mason, who played in some of the most memorable games in team history, as they share stories from each bitter matchup.

“All of these rivalries were crazy,” says Mason. “The buildings were rocking every night and there was trash talking like you’ve never heard.”

The series will include some of the most famous games in Knicks history, including Game 1 of the 1992 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals when the Knicks upset the champion Bulls in Chicago, Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the Bulls featuring “The Dunk” by John Starks at MSG, Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers featuring the Reggie Miller and Spike Lee confrontation, and Michael Jordan’s “Double Nickel” game in 1995.

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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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MSG Network Hires Spero Dedes for Knicks TV and Radio Play-By-Play

MSG Network today made it official, hiring Spero Dedes as the New York Knicks main radio play-by-play voice on ESPN 1050/WEPN. Dedes, who worked Los Angeles Lakers games the last six seasons, is also back-up on the TV side for veteran sportscaster Mike Breen.

“I can remember walking into the Garden for my first Knicks game as a teenager and feeling the magic of the place,” said Dedes. “I’ve been in love with this franchise ever since,” Dedes says. ”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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Newly Named Knicks Announcer Spero Dedes Reportedly Charged with DWI

Spero Dedes, who just nailed down the coveted New York Knicks play-by-play gig, was arrested and charged with DWI in Southampton.

Southampton Patch reports Dedes, 32, was stopped for speeding early Sunday morning. Police say Dedes, driving a 2006 BMW, was intoxicated and charged with the DWI.

Dedes’ attorney, Colin Astarita tells the Southampton Patch that he anticipates a “complete dismissal of the charges due to problems surrounding Mr. Dedes’ traffic stop and ultimate arrest.”

Last month, various reports said Dedes, a former Los Angeles Lakers radio announcer, replaced Mike Crispino as main radio voice and back-up TV play-by-play man.

Police say Dedes posted $500 bail in court Sunday morning.

A spokesman for MSG Network had no comment.

A New Jersey native, and Fordham University gradudate, Dedes also spent time covering the New Jersey Nets on the YES Network.

Former Lakers Announcer Spero Dedes Arrested in Southampton

Looks like former Lakers radio play-by-play man Spero Dedes is having a tough time back east. According to Southampton Patch, Dedes was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving while intoxicated, after getting pulled over for speeding by Southampton police.

Dedes’ lawyer Colin Astarita told Patch he anticipates a “complete dismissal of the charges due to problems surrounding Mr. Dedes traffic stop and ultimate arrest.” He did not give any more details.

Dedes left Los Angeles late last month to take a job as the radio and TV play-by-play man for the New York Knicks. No word yet on how the arrest will impact his new gig.

Previously on FishbowlLA: Spero Dedes Heading to New York to Cover Knicks

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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