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Lon McEachern Biography

Sports commentator

Fast Facts

  • Anchored local sports news for three California stations in the 1980s and early 1990s
  • Also won a Golden Mic Award for radio work
  • Worked as a mortgage lender in California beginning in 2002, when he received the call from ESPN to work as WSOP commentator
  • The "poker boom" followed, allowing McEachern to drop his desk job and focus on broadcasting after juggling the two jobs, with the support of his financial bosses, who were sports fans
  • Serves as the "voice of poker" for ESPN, annually calling hand-by-hand action alongside analyst Norman Chad at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and other events
  • Appeared as himself in several episodes of "Tilt," the 2005 poker-themed ESPN series
  • Commented on a variety of events for ESPN beginning in 1994, including X Games, World Cup Skiing, billiards, kickboxing and the U
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  • Scrabble championships
  • Called blow-by-blow mixed-martial-arts action for Strikeforce on NBC as well as the defunct PRIDE fighting pay-per-view series