Legendary Packers Broadcaster Irwin Dies

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 7:01 am

Jim Irwin, the longtime radio voice of the Green Bay Packers, has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 77.

His wife, Gloria, told the Associated Press that he died Sunday of metastatic cancer at their home in Southern California, where he was in hospice care.

Irwin worked as a color analyst for Packers games on WTMJ-AM in the 1960s and ’70s. He then worked as a play-by-play announcer until he and his longtime on-air partner, former Packers receiver Max McGee, retired at the end of the 1998 season. During his run, Irwin called 612 consecutive Packers games.

In addition, Irwin also called University of Wisconsin football games for 22 years, Milwaukee Bucks games for 16 years, University of Wisconsin basketball games for five years and UW-Milwaukee basketball games for two years. He also filled in for Bob Uecker on Milwaukee Brewers games.

Irwin was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2003 and was recognized as Wisconsin sports Announcer of the Year 10 times. He’s in the Wisconsin Broadcasting Association Hall of Fame.

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