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NBA on ESPN Radio
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GenreNational Basketball Association
Running time150 minutes (approximate)
Country of originUnited States USA
Home stationESPN Radio (1996–)
StarringAdam Amin
Jon Barry
Hubie Brown
P.J. Carlesimo
Sean Kelley
Marc Kestecher
Kara Lawson
Original releaseJanuary 21, 1996 – present

The NBA on ESPN Radio is a broadcast of National Basketball Association games on the ESPN Radio network. The program began on January 21, 1996 and the current contract runs through the 2025–26 season.[1]

Coverage overview

The NBA on ESPN Radio broadcasts games on a weekly basis, many more than once. Game coverage includes:


See also: List of ESPN NBA commentators

Currently, the lead commentary team for the NBA on ESPN Radio is Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry, with occasional contributions provided by P.J. Carlesimo, Kara Lawson, and Hubie Brown, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Corey Alexander and Kelenna Azubuike as analysts along with Adam Amin and Sean Kelley for play-by-play.[2] Sideline reporter-turned full-time color commentator Doris Burke joins the radio crew calling the conference finals and the NBA Finals since 2020.[3] Past contributors to the NBA on ESPN Radio have included Jim Durham, Kevin Calabro, Brent Musburger, Mike Tirico, Dave Pasch, Dave Flemming, Doug Brown, Tim Legler, Howard David, Dr. Jack Ramsay, and Will Perdue.


As of 2022, the NBA on ESPN Radio is part of ESPN Radio’s main lineup, instead of in an opt-in/opt-out basis by ESPN Radio affiliates like in previous years (although affiliates retain the ability to opt out of broadcasts involving their in-market teams). It is also available in several regions outside the U.S.

Most NBA on ESPN Radio games can be heard on mobile devices and connected televisions via the ESPN app as well as many other radio apps, including TuneIn and iHeartRadio (mostly from ESPN Radio affiliates streaming on iHeartRadio).


  1. ^ "ESPN Audio & NBA Reach Nine-Year Agreement Through 2024-25". ESPN MediaZone. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ Chozet, Tara (13 July 2016). "Seasoned Commentator Marc Kestecher Named Lead Play-by-Play Voice for the NBA on ESPN Radio". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Doris Burke to make history by calling conference finals, NBA Finals on radio". Pro Basketball Talk. Associated Press. September 10, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
Preceded byNBA Radio National radio broadcaster, NBA 1996–present Succeeded byIncumbent