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Update: Fans Salute Brandstatter -- 'the Ernie Harwell for Lions Football,' One Says


July 10, 2018, 6:18 PM

Football fans and fellow broadcasters are among admirers posting salutes to legendary sportscaster Jim Brandstatter, whose three decades as the Detroit Lions' radio voice end abruptly with a termination decision delivered by phone.


Jim Brandstatter: "I had a great run." (Photo from his Facebook page)

After he tweeted news of WJR's sudden dismissal Tuesday morning, the 68-year-old saw how widely respected and even beloved he is.  

"Jim, you’re a legend that is loved," tweets Fox 2 newsman Roop Raj. "Your voice is and will always be synonymous with Lions broadcasts."

"Wow. Just wow. I’ve always been one of your biggest fans," comments Roberta Jasina, a reporter and anchor at the region's other main news station, WWJ.

From WXYZ, anchor-reporter Carolyn Clifford posts: "Jim was and is simply one of the best ever in the Lions Broadcast booth. He will be dearly missed!"

This e-hug is from a 23-year veteran of WDIV:

Here's another, coming from a Metro Detroit communication firm co-owner whose career started in studios:

And these are among hundreds of other tributes  

Original article, Tuesday morning:

Jim Brandstatter,  the voice of Detroit Lions radio for 31 years, is fired by WJR-AM. He'll be replaced by former Lions player Lomas Brown, The Detroit News reports.

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The broadcaster at work. (Twitter photo)

He got the word by phone Tuesday morning. "You’re expecting a little more than that. I’ve been doing this for 31 years," he tells sportswriter Angelique Chengelis.

His contract runs until 2021, she reports, and the station presumably must pay his salary until then.  

Brandstatter broke the news on Twitter, where his post earns more than 2,100 "likes" and over 600 supportive comments.

One fan calls him "the Ernie Harwell of Lions football on radio." (A sampling of other salutes is below.)

Brandstatter, 68, lives in Commerce Township with Robbie Timmons, who retired as a WXYZ anchor in 2010.

He played three varsity seasons as an offensive tackle for the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 1972.

The broadcast veteran has done color analysis at UM games since 1979 and hosted "Inside Michigan Football" telecasts since 2008, an online biography says. His two-volume "Tales from Michigan Stadium" was published in 2002 and 2005.

Here are more online salutes:


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