Spero Dedes
Play-by-Play Announcer, THE NFL ON CBS; NCAA Basketball

 

Spero Dedes joined the CBS Television Network’s coverage of THE NFL ON CBS and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship as a play-by-play announcer in 2010. He also calls regular-season college basketball, which began in the 2009-10 season for CBS Sports – nine years after working his first play-by-play assignment for the Network in 2004. Dedes also serves as the preseason television voice of the Los Angeles Chargers and calls play-by-play on Turner Sports’ coverage of the NBA.

 

Dedes spent six seasons as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers and was behind the mic for the franchise’s back-to-back championship run from 2009 to 2010.  In 2011 he returned home to become a radio and television voice of the New York Knicks, where he spent three memorable years chronicling the team’s run to two playoff appearances and “Linsanity” — Jeremy Lin’s storybook rise in early 2012. He has called play-by-play for Turner Sports’ coverage of the NBA since 2015. And he has called select NCAA men’s basketball games for Westwood One Radio since 2017.

 

Dedes continues a long line of sports broadcasting excellence produced by Fordham University’s WFUV Radio that began with the legendary voice of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers Vin Scully in the late-1940s. By the age of 31, he had called games for three of the four major television networks in the country, as well as the nation’s premier radio network.

 

Before his move to Los Angeles to join the Lakers and NFL Network, Dedes was based in New York, working as a play-by-play announcer and host for both NBA-TV and the New York Yankees-owned and operated regional sports network, YES.  His extensive resume also includes play-by-play on Westwood One’s coverage of NCAA football and basketball, the NFL on FOX, and in August of 2004 Dedes was stationed in Athens as a reporter/play-by-play announcer on NBC’s coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Dedes also served as host for NFL Network’s Total Access and called play-by-play on Monday nights during the NFL season from 2006-16.

 

Dedes began his broadcasting career at WFAN Radio in New York where he handled “20/20” updates and served as New York Jets beat reporter.  Also in 2001, he worked as the radio voice of the Arena Football League’s New Jersey Gladiators.

 

The Paramus, N.J. native and 2001 Fordham graduate was the inaugural recipient of the Marty Glickman Award, given to the Fordham student announcer who best exemplifies the standards set by the late sports broadcasting icon. In the off-season, Dedes divides his summer between Southern California, New Jersey and a family home in Greece.

 

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