- Ralph Lawler
PRIME TICKET/The Beast 980
Entering his 35th year as the “Voice of the Clippers” and his 38th year in professional basketball, Ralph Lawler looks ahead with unprecedented enthusiasm to what has the potential to be the greatest season in Clipper franchise history. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons weren’t bad in bringing unmatched thrills to Clipper fans as the pairing of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul made the Clips one of the league's most popular teams while giving birth to the “Lob City” mania that swept the land. Ralph is happily reunited with Doc Rivers who becomes the first former Clipper player to serve as the team’s head coach. Doc’s Championship coaching credentials give this team its best ever shot a competing for their first NBA Championship. Lawler is the 3rd longest tenured team broadcaster in the league, but he’s never been more excited about a season than he is for this one.
Ralph’s long tenure with the club saw him approach 2700 Clipper regular season and playoff broadcasts last season with his enthusiastic calls of “Bingo!,” “Fasten your Seat-belts” and "Oh Me Oh My" continuing to be familiar favorites for Clipper fans throughout Southern California. Lawler's active schedule has him handling play-by-play duties for all televised games on PRIME TICKET as well as on the Clippers’ flagship radio station, The Beast 980, for all non-televised contests.
He added to his list of honors last season when he collected his third EMMY as a part of Prime Ticket’s Emmy Award Winning coverage of Clipper basketball. Ralph is a proud member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He happily notes that he broadcast the NBA debuts of 3 of his all-time favorites: Julius Erving (with 76ers in Philadelphia), Magic Johnson (versus Clippers in San Diego) and Blake Griffin (with the Clippers). The NBA has long been Lawler’s great love. However, the versatile broadcaster is one of only a handful of announcers who have worked play-by-play in each of the four major pro sports leagues: NFL (San Diego Chargers), MLB (Philadelphia Phillies), NHL (Philadelphia Flyers) and NBA (76ers and Clippers). His resume also includes broadcasting events as varied as A.B.A. and college basketball, golf, tennis, track & field, box lacrosse, auto racing, boxing and college football.
Ralph is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and was inducted into his alma mater’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He’s another in a long line of sportscasters who honed their craft in Peoria: Chick Hearn, Tom Kelly, Bob Starr, Bill King and Jack Brickhouse, among others. Ralph spends his off-season keeping tabs on all matters involving the NBA and communicates with Clipper fans regularly via Facebook and Twitter. Notable off-season activities have included a week aboard the SS Norway as the radio host of an NBA Cruise of the Caribbean, an 18-day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with former broadcast partner Bill Walton, a full month in Italy with family in 2013 and service one year as the play-by-play voice for one of Nintendo’s “NBA Courtside” video games.
Ralph and his wife, Jo, proudly head a family that includes three grown children and seven grandchildren. The Lawlers spend the season in Marina Del Rey and their summers in Bend, Oregon. Fans can follow Ralph on Twitter: @ohmeomy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ralphlawler.
- Michael Smith
PRIME TICKET/The Beast 980
Former Clipper Michael Smith begins his 16th season behind the microphone for the Clippers and his 12th partnering with Ralph Lawler on all Clippers broadcasts. Prior to his permanent move to the Clippers television broadcast team, Smith served as the Clippers’ radio play-by-play voice for four seasons, where he was one of only two (Hot Rod Hundley being the other) former NBA players, to do play-by-play on radio for an NBA team. Previously, he had worked for NBC in Salt Lake City calling college games.
Smith began his broadcast career just as his playing career came to a close. Smith played eight years professionally. He played with some of the games true greats; Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson and Robert Parish to name a few.
Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1989 as the 13th overall selection, Smith started eight games his rookie year in the middle of the season, a span during which he averaged 18 points per game and the Celtics went 7-1, and later earned all-rookie votes. He played in Europe from 1991-1995, and led the Spanish League in scoring and free throw percentage for two different seasons. He was also the leading American scorer in the Italian League.
In 1995, Smith returned to the Clippers for one season. That season allowed him the opportunity to return to the city where he had excelled in his early days. Smith attended Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, where he set CIF football records for yardage, attempts, completions, and the single-game record for TD’s (8) as a quarterback on the way to a perfect season and the CIF championship. That year, he was chosen the National Male High School Athlete of the Year by the Dial Corporation, after being First Team All-American in football, basketball and volleyball. Smith was recruited by virtually every university in the country to play any or all of the three sports. He chose BYU and basketball. Accolades at the college level continued: he was an All-American his junior year and led the team to a 26-6 record. Overall, he led the conference in scoring three times, was a two-time WAC Player of the Year, led the nation in free throw percentage his senior year, and was a three-time First Team Academic All American, majoring in Spanish with a minor in Communications. In 1988, Smith was invited to tryout for the Olympic volleyball team, the Olympic basketball team, and play Quarterback for the BYU football team. Smith loves to golf, surf, do yoga and play ping pong, and spend every possible moment with his wife, Debra, and their 10 children.
- Mark Rogondino
Mark Rogondino is one of soccer’s most recognized voices and has been in the booth calling the game for the last decade. Most recently, Rogondino joined the FOX Sports West Family at the end of 2012 full time as the pre- and post-game host and reporter for the Los Angeles Clippers, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Dodgers. This fall he can also be seen on FOX Sports West calling play-by-play for CIF Southern Section Football.
Rogondino was a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy broadcast team since 2005, originally serving as a sideline reporter before transitioning to the color analyst role in 2006. Affectionately called “Rogo”, the San Diego native called the 2012 Galaxy Championship season taking the helm as the lead play by play Announcer and was joined by the legendary USC Soccer and former Los Angeles Galaxy great, Cobi Jones. In 2002, Rogondino joined FOX Soccer Channel’s on-air talent team and has been announcing telecasts of the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions’ League, Major League Soccer, College Soccer, Women’s Professional Soccer, USC Men’s and Women’s National Team games and a slew of other domestic and international competitions.
In addition to calling the action on the “pitch”, the SoCal native has served as courtside reporter for the Clippers and UCLA Basketball broadcasts. He has also lent his talents to Pac-12 Network, CBS College Sports, The Mountain Network, Time Warner Cable Sports Net and various Comcast Sports’ outlets. With a passion for football, Rogondino has also called Arena Football league games, as well as hosted Fox Sports West’s “Prep Zone” football coverage.
An experienced event host, Rogondino has been the TV Host for the Drew Brees Celebrity Golf Tour the past seven years. Rogondino’s first foray into sports broadcasting was in 2000 for the San Diego Shockers, a team he grew up supporting as a youngster.
As a collegiate goalkeeper, Rogondino also played soccer at San Diego State University and continues to play in a men’s soccer league in Orange County where he lives with his wife Tiffany and daughter Averi. The couple is expecting their second child in September 2013.
Follow Mark on Twitter @MRogondino
- Kristina Pink
Kristina Pink returns for her second season as a sideline reporter for Clippers broadcasts. Pink joined the FOX family in 2012 serving as both a sideline reporter for Los Angeles Clippers telecasts on PRIME TICKET and as an NFL on FOX sideline reporter alongside play-by-play announcer Ron Pitts and analyst Mike Martz. This year marks Pink’s second in working with the FOX family of networks and she is quickly establishing herself as a trusted, well-informed sideline reporter among players and coaches.
Prior to joining the NFL on FOX, Pink most recently worked as a sports reporter for WTVJ-TV an NBC affiliate in Miami, FL as well as WGNO-TV an ABC affiliate out of New Orleans, LA.
Pink began her broadcasting career during her college years at the University of Florida, providing Florida athletics feature stories on campus. Additionally, Pink contributed as a sportscaster for the University’s television station, WUFT as well as their college radio station, WRUF-AM 850. In October 2009, Pink graduated from the aforementioned University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in telecommunications.
- Kyle Montgomery
Kyle Montgomery has ascended as one of the most versatile young broadcasters in sports. Currently he can be seen on Prime Ticket’s Clippers telecast as the “Clippers Live” pre-game and post-game host. He also contributes to Clippers game telecasts with player and coach interviews.
Most recently, Montgomery anchored NBA TV's Flagship show "NBA Gametime," hosted his own kids hoops show on Cartoon Network and helped launch digital Networks for the ACC and NBA.
Montgomery first received his start in broadcasting with local stints in Houston, Texas, Montgomery, Alabama, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
In his free time Kyle enjoys spending time with his son Makhi and his wife Cam, fishing, working out, and playing hoops and an occasional game of Madden.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Kyle is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a B.A. in Communications.
- Don MacLean
Former NCAA All-American and NBA veteran Don MacLean enters his seventh season providing analysis for “Clippers Live” pre-game and post-game shows surrounding Clippers telecasts on PRIME TICKET and FOX Sports West. Supplementing his NBA work MacLean enters his fifth season as the national Pac-12 men’s basketball analyst for FOX Sports West and PRIME TICKET. In addition to his television duties, MacLean enters his tenth year as a radio analyst for UCLA basketball radio broadcasts on XTRA Sports 570 AM. In 2005, MacLean made his first television appearance as an analyst for FSN during the Pac-10 tournament held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Prior to his broadcast experience, MacLean spent nine seasons in the NBA. Drafted 19th overall in 1992 by the Detroit Pistons, he received the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award for the 1993-94 season, and rounded out his career with the Miami Heat. Before turning professional, MacLean spent four years (1989 — 1992) as a member of the UCLA Bruins basketball program. Coming from a long line of basketball legends, MacLean made a name for himself as a Bruin when he became the all-time career leader for both UCLA and the Pac-10, two records that still stand today. Fittingly, he was inducted in to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. A native of California, MacLean attended Simi Valley High School before UCLA. He now lives in the Southland with his wife and their three sons.
- Brian Sieman
The Beast 980
Brian Sieman enters his seventh season as a member of the Clippers’ broadcast team, handling the radio play-by-play duties on The Beast 980 for all televised games and providing additional analysis alongside Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith on radio for all non-televised contests. Sieman also provides play by play for Fox Sports West’s coverage of High School Football. Prior to joining the Clippers, Sieman was the radio voice for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx (WNBA). Sieman has experience in all levels of broadcast, having worked in the Continental Basketball Association, the International Basketball Association, Drake University, and 950 The Fan, the Flagship station for the Denver Nuggets. A 1998 graduate from the University of Kansas, Sieman, his wife Amy, and their sons Finnegan and Henry, reside in Westchester.
- Isaac Lowenkron
The Beast 980
Isaac Lowenkron is in his fifth season as the Clippers radio host, hosting the Clippers Countdown pre-game show and the halftime show for all games on the Clippers Radio Network. He hosts Postgame Clipper Talk for road games, and teams with Clippers radio play-by-play announcer Brian Sieman for Postgame Clipper Talk after home games. He and Clippers Insider Eric Patten also co-host the popular LobCast podcast on Clippers.com.
Lowenkron, who additionally serves as an anchor and fill-in host for FOX Sports Radio, has broadcast NFL and college football play-by-play for Sports USA Radio. He has also done radio play-by-play for UCLA football, UCLA men’s basketball, USC men’s basketball, the Los Angeles Avengers of Arena Football, and six Pac-12 men’s basketball tournaments.
Beginning their 18th season as telecast partner and fifth campaign as the sole television home for the Clippers, Prime Ticket is scheduled to televise 81 games, including eight preseason and 73 regular season game telecasts.
This marks the fifth complete High Definition (HD) Clippers season for the regional sports network. Ralph Lawler, the "Voice of the Clippers," is in his 35th year as the Clippers play-by-play announcer. He will call the action alongside former Clipper Michael Smith, who is in his 12th season providing color analysis. New to the broadcasts this season, Kyle Montgomery and Mark Rogondino will rotate at the sideline reporter position with second year reporter, Kristina Pink.
Prime Ticket is the exclusive home of “Clippers Live,” the 30-minute pre- and post-game show that provides fans with unmatched access to the team. Montgomery and Rogondino split time at the host position, while former former NBA player Don MacLean, shares analysis. “Clippers Live” keeps fans informed and entertained with player interviews, expert analysis and feature stories.
And as a new fixture this season, “Clippers Weekly” takes fans behind the scenes to showcase the players’ lives off the court, training regimens and more. The half-hour program airs every Wednesday throughout the regular season.
Prime Ticket and sister network, FOX Sports West, have been providing local sports coverage to Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii for over 25 years. Together, the regional sports networks present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market. FOX Sports West provides 24-hour sports programming to more than 6.8 million subscribers; Prime Ticket reaches 6.2 million subscribers. The partner networks combine to produce over 800 live sporting events and telecast 2,500 hours of live programming every year. For complete regional sports news, provocative opinions, telecast schedules and updated statistics, log-on to www.foxsportswest.com.
The Beast 980
The Beast 980 is Los Angeles’ new all-sports radio station with a mix of original programming focusing on the L.A. sports scene, highlighted by the only local sports program during the morning rush-hour commute. The Beast 980
- Spanish Radio
KWKW 1330 AM
Beginning their fifth season as the Clippers’ Spanish radio home, KWKW 1330 AM ESPN Deportes brings Spanish language broadcasts to the Latino community of Los Angeles. Play by play announcer Armando Garcia will call a total of 82 home and road Clipper games for the number one Spanish sports station in country during the 2013-14 NBA regular season.