Meyers replaces Sunderland in Lakerland

Updated: June 16, 2005, 8:39 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Longtime broadcaster Joel Meyers, the play-by-play radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers the past two seasons, is moving to television.

Meyers will handle the team's play-by-play duties on Fox Sports and KCAL-TV, working with longtime color analyst Stu Lantz.

The 50-year-old Meyers replaces Paul Sunderland, who was let go after last season. Sunderland succeeded Chick Hearn when the longtime voice of the team died nearly three years ago at age 85.

"It's an honor to work for the Lakers, whether it be radio or TV," Meyers said Thursday. "I'm very fortunate to be in the position I'm in."

Meyers was the radio play-by-play voice for the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons before being hired by the Lakers. A native of St. Louis, he has more than 20 years of broadcasting experience, working for NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN and Westwood One. He has covered the NFL, Olympics and golf as well as college basketball.

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