Radio broadcasts of Green Bay Packers games have always been an important factor in developing and keeping the fan base entertained. Nowadays, television also plays a key role. However, it’s the radio voice of the announcer of the games that fans relate to and form a bond. And Jim Irwin has become the play-by-play announcer as the radio voice of the Packers for 30 years.
Irwin began as a color analyst in 1969 and then became a play-by-play announcer in 1975. Starting in 1969 to the conclusion of the 1998 season Irwin worked for the Packers flagship station – AM620 WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee. He retired in July of 1999.
Irwin was named Wisconsin sports Announcer of the Year a record-setting 10 times and has already been inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame and the Camdenton High School (Missouri) Hall of Fame. In addition to Packers football, Irwin was a long-time broadcaster of Milwaukee Bucks basketball and Wisconsin Badgers football.
Irwin broke into the business in 1964 as sports director with WLUK-TV in Green Bay. He was assisted on the Packers broadcasts by color man Max McGee, the former Packers receiver.
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