Ray Lane

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For the American businessman, see Raymond J. Lane.

Ray Lane (born 1930) is a sports broadcasting figure in Detroit, Michigan. During the late 1940s, Ray played baseball and basketball for the Stags of Mackenzie High School. In 1949, Lane enrolled at Michigan State University; he played baseball for the Spartans while earning a bachelors degree in communications.[1]


From 1967 through 1972 Lane teamed with Ernie Harwell on Detroit Tigers radio broadcasts; he also worked on the team's television broadcasts from 1999–2003. Lane has also broadcast at various times for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, University of Michigan and Michigan State football and University of Detroit basketball. Lane was also sports director at WJBK television (succeeding Van Patrick) and later at WKBD.[2]

Outside of Michigan, Lane's other works include a stint with the Cincinnati Reds (1979–1984), and several Big Ten college basketball games on ESPN in the early-mid-1980s.


Lane is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, has been named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year, inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and is past President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the DSBA.[3] In 2003, Lane was the recipient of the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting, awarded by the DSBA. In 2014, Lane received the prestigious Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award from the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Lane has also been involved with the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame.

More recently, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm declared October 3, 2009 as Ray Lane Day throughout the state of Michigan.[4]


He has been a member of the Corporate Leadership Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Detroit since 1972. Lane has also been an active fundraiser for the United Foundation and the Sanctuary in Royal Oak, MI. Lane is the father of St. Louis television anchor Deanne Lane.


  1. ^ http://www.crossandcrescent.com/2007/03/hall-of-fame-sportscaster/
  2. ^ http://www.crossandcrescent.com/2007/03/hall-of-fame-sportscaster/
  3. ^ Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
  4. ^ http://mich.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-25488-223718--,00.html