Jim Irwin, Former Voice Of The Packers On WTMJ, Dies At 77
January 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM (PT)
JIM IRWIN, the voice of GREEN BAY PACKERS football on JOURNAL's WTMJ-A/MILWAUKEE for almost 30 years until his 1998 retirement, died SUNDAY of complications from kidney cancer, according to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, citing information from IRWIN's son.
IRWIN, also known for calling MILWAUKEE BUCKS basketball and UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN football and basketball on WTMJ, was 77 and living in the SAN DIEGO area at the time of his passing.
IRWIN, who started his career at WLUK-TV/GREEN BAY in 1964, called PACKERS ames as color analyst from 1969 through 1975 with play-by-play men TED MOORE and GARY BENDER, and then became play-by-play voice in 1975, first alongside former PACKER defensive end LIONEL ALDRIDGE and then with the late former PACKERS wide receiver and SUPER BOWL I star MAX MCGEE for 20 seasons until both retired in 1998.
He also handled play-by-play of BUCKS games in 1979-93, mostly with former BUCKS player JON MCGLOCKLIN, and called UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN football and men's basketball in 1969-90. IRWIN offered sports commentary on WTMJ's "WISCONSIN'S MORNING NEWS" even after his retirement, and filled in for BOB UECKER on BREWERS broadcasts in the 1970s and '80s.