ESPNLA 710 has reached a multiyear agreement extension with local radio icons Steve Mason and John Ireland to continue as co-hosts of the weekday show Mason & Ireland (noon-3:30 p.m. PT). The midday show Mason & Ireland has been the highest rated sports talk radio show in Los Angeles the last three years.
“Mason and I always say that to succeed in life, you need talent, a strong work ethic, and most of all, luck,” said Ireland. “We feel extremely lucky that ESPN is allowing us to continue with the show.”
Mason added, “It’s a privilege to work at ESPN and it’s an honor to be the OG of sports talk radio in Los Angeles. Special thanks to all the program directors that have worked with us. Can’t wait to meet the next one (after the current guy).”
“We could not be more excited about the fact that Steve and John will continue with ESPNLA for years to come,” said Scott McCarthy, vice president and general manager of ESPNLA. “While the two of them are singlehandedly responsible for the lion’s share of my high blood pressure, they are the best in the business. It’s amazing, and incredibly rare, to see a radio duo delivering their highest numbers ever after 25 years together.”
Steve Mason is a former host of The Mighty 690 (San Diego) in 1992. He later teamed with John Ireland for The Mason & Ireland Show in 1994. Mason is well known for his work on The Late, Late Radio Show with Tom Snyder & Steve Mason, as a broadcaster for seven Olympic Games and red carpet coverage from the Academy Awards.
John Ireland also serves as the Lakers radio play-by-play announcer alongside former Laker Mychal Thompson. A winner of six Emmy Awards for sports television, Ireland also works as a pre- and post-game reporter for the Time Warner Cable Sports Network. A UCLA graduate, Ireland’s career path took him to stations in Monroe, La.; Beaumont Texas.; and San Diego before finding a home at KCBS/KCAL-TV in 1995 as sports anchor and reporter. He is a four-time recipient of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Irv Kaze Award for best sports radio talk show host.
ESPNLA serves fans with total coverage of sports in Southern California and beyond. ESPNLA 710AM provides sports talk, local and national play-by-play, and breaking news coverage. ESPNLA is the official home of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Rams, LAFC, College Football Playoff, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and has a broadcasting agreement with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Live streaming and podcasts for select content, including all talk shows, are available on the ESPN App. Follow ESPNLA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @espnlosangeles.
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