Ray Lane Biography
Ray Lane is an American sportscaster located in Detroit, Michigan. Lane played baseball and basketball in the late 1940s, for the Stags of Mackenzie High School. He joined Michigan State University in 1949, where played baseball for the Spartans while earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. Lane has been a sports fixture in Michigan for the past four decades doing play-by-play for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, the University of Michigan football, Michigan State University football, and University of Detroit basketball. Away from Michigan, Lane’s other work included a stint doing play-by-play with the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 to 1984.
Ray Lane Age
Ray Lane was born in the year 1931 February 9th. Lane is a sportscaster, as well as a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1969 and 1980.
Ray Lane Family
Ray Lane is from Detroit Michigan. There is more information about his family, parents, and siblings. Seems Lane would prefer to keep his family very private away from the public. Lane mostly talks about his professional career but never mentions his family.
Ray Lane Wife
Ray Lane had been married to his wife for 50 years before she died in 2004. The two had been high school sweethearts and had dated for several years before they decided to tie the knot in the 1950s. Their marriage was blessed with three children though there is no information about them.
Ray Lane Career | Ray Lane Detroit
Ray started out his radio and TV career as an announcer in Cadillac, Michigan. He later moved to station KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, working as a staff announcer after six months in Cadillac. Lane had his first experience as a play-by-play baseball broadcaster in KWWL filling in on broadcasts of the Waterloo White Hawks. After one whole year in Waterloo, lane found work in WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Michigan where he worked for three years before he got a chance to work in Detroit his home town. He was hired at WJBK-TV, Channel 2, in Detroit and after a few months, Lane was providing color commentary on Detroit Lions broadcasts. Detroit Tigers began looking for a new broadcaster after the 1964 season, creating another chance for Lane. Ray was hired by Tigers owner John Fetzer who asked him to team up with George Kell for two years.
Lane teamed with fellow sportscaster Ernie Harwell from 1967 through 1972 on Detroit Tigers radio broadcasts. Ray also worked on the team’s television broadcasts from the year 1999–2003. He has also broadcast at various times for the Detroit Lions, University of Michigan, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Michigan State football and University of Detroit basketball. Lane was also sports director at WJBK television after succeeding Van Patrick and later at WKBD. Away from Michigan, Lane’s other works include a stint with the Cincinnati Reds. Lane who is also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1969 and 1980.
He inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and is also a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. This presented him with the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting in 2003 and the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award the following year in 2014. 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. Ray Lane has been a member of the Corporate Leadership Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Detroit since 1972. He has also been an active fundraiser for the United Foundation and the Sanctuary in Royal Oak, MI.