Joel Meyers is an American sportscaster and current play-by-play announcer of the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
His professional resumé includes NFL telecasts on NBC, Los Angeles Dodgers telecasts from 1990–91, California Angels telecasts from 1987–89, St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcasts in 2002, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders radio broadcasts, San Antonio Spurs telecasts, various assignments for ESPN and FSN, and even the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Meyers called the 2007 FIBA Americas Gold and Bronze Medal games with Steve "Snapper" Jones. Beginning in 2012, he did preseason games for the Houston Texans with Spencer Tillman. He also called games for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Meyers currently calls Big 12 Conference college football games for FSN and NBA games for ESPN Radio. He also worked National Football League games for Westwood One (usually teamed with Bob Trumpy), but left that network after the 2006 season. He also currently works for Fox Sports New Orleans as the play-by-play announcer for the New Orleans Hornets.
Los Angeles Lakers
Meyers most notably started work for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association in 2003 as their radio voice, the year after Chick Hearn died. Two years later, he was moved from radio to television where he was paired with Stu Lantz. Meyers replaced Paul Sunderland, who had succeeded Chick Hearn. Meyers left the Lakers at the end of the 2010-2011 season when the team did not renew his contract. He was supposed to be replaced by Spero Dedes, but Dedes ending up choosing a contract with the New York Knicks instead. Eventually, Meyers would be replaced by Bill Macdonald.
A St. Louis native, Meyers attended the University of Missouri, and served as the public address announcer at Busch Stadium II for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1980 until 1982, with the Cardinals winning the World Series in his final season. He and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Drew and J.J. They reside in Hidden Hills, California.