Ray Lane

Ray Lane has been a fixture in Michigan sportscasting for almost four decades making him one of the most recognized and distinguished sports broadcasters in the market.  He was known in his early days for wearing flashy sport coats as he sat at George Kell’s side in the TV booth.  Then it was on to radio where he teamed with Ernie Harwell through some of the Tigers’ best seasons – 1967 through 1972.  He left following the 1972 season, making way for Paul Carey’s long stint as Harwell’s partner. He had a crackling, high-energy voice and a sharp wit that frequently cracked up Harwell.  Lane has served as the voice of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University football and University of Detroit basketball.  Lane was sports director at WJBK-TV (Detroit) succeeding Van Patrick.  He later was sports director at WKBD-TV (Detroit) where he served as host of Red Wings games.  Lane (nicknamed ‘Razor’ by Red Wings players) still does Tigers play-by-play on occasion for WKBD-TV.  Lane is a past president of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, has been named ‘Michigan Sportscaster of the Year’ and has been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Ray is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the DSBA. He was the 2003 winner of the DSBA’s ‘Ty Tyson Award’ for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting.