Dick Nelson, the “Voice of Laker Football,” announced Thursday he will step down due to lingering health concerns. Nelson was set to begin his 38th season broadcasting Lakers football next Thursday at Azusa Pacific over the 16-station Grand Valley Sports Network.
Nelson missed just the second game of his career last December when an irregular heartbeat forced him off the Lakers’ flight prior to the team leaving for the NCAA Division II semifinals at Northwest Missouri State. The only other game Dick missed was because of poor weather conditions as he was en route to Northern Michigan in 1984.
“It was quite a run, but not one that I was intending,” Nelson said. “I only planned on helping Grand Valley State get its radio broadcast off the ground for one year (1977), but it ended up lasting 37 years and I am forever grateful to GVSU for allowing me to be a part of the winningest college football program in the country.”
Steve Lloyd-Jones will take over doing play-by-play.
Lloyd-Jones has been a part of the sports broadcasting fabric in West Michigan since 1998, calling the action for every mainstream sport, including GVSU football, basketball and baseball. Lloyd-Jones has been honored 12 times by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Awards in play-by-play, sports talk radio and television work during his career.
He began his career with the Lakers in 1998, broadcasting basketball and hosting the GV Sports Report from 1999-2011 on WGVU-TV. He handled the play-by-play duties for the Grand Rapids Hoops for three years (1998, 1999, 2001), while also calling West Michigan high school football games from 2003-2010.
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