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Former Packers radio broadcaster Jim Irwin dies

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 23, 2012 – 1:46 pm

Jim Irwin, a radio voice of the Green Bay Packers for 30 years, died on Sunday at the age of 77.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Irwin died of complications from kidney cancer.

Irwin originally joined the Packers radio broadcasts for color commentary in 1969, working alongside Ted Moore and Gary Bender. Then in 1975, Irwin took over play-by-play duties until retiring after the 1998 season. Irwin’s color commentators included Lionel Aldridge, Max McGee and Larry McCarren.

In two of Irwin’s last three seasons, the Packers went to the Super Bowl, winning the title following the 1996 season.

During his distinguished career, Irwin also worked as a play-by-play announcer for Wisconsin Badgers football and Milwaukee Bucks basketball.

Irwin was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2003. He was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year 10 times and is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

For an extended version of this story, including comments from McCarren and former Packers president/CEO Bob Harlan, click here.


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4 Responses to “Former Packers radio broadcaster Jim Irwin dies”

  1. By Bob on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sincere Condolonce’s to Jim Irwin’s Family,Packer Organization.Our sincere’s Prayer’s,Thought’s are with you at this sorrowful time.I believe God said,”Jim,I need a True Professional to Man the Kingdom’s Booth,Welcome aboard”.

  2. By Lee on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I remember Jim’s UW and Packer broadcasts. He held both of the teams close to his heart. I am fortuante to have Jim and his cohorts on a CD made in the ’90s prior to the Packers going to the Super Bowl. Thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family.

  3. By Cali on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Talk about a rough January………@Bob, nicely written, heart felt post there. Good job. Condolences to the Irwin family.

  4. By montanapackfan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    So long Jim, God Bless you and your family. Though I never heard a broadcast, I’m sure you were just one more intergral part of a great Packer family and tradition. Say Hello to Vince and the rest of the Green and Gold.

    Roll on Green Roll on

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