Jim Irwin Remembered

Badgers voice Lepay calls working with Irwin 'true privilege'

CREATED Jan 25, 2012

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MADISON - The current radio voice of the Wisconsin Badgers on Newsradio 620 WTMJ remembers one of his predecessors as a man with whom working was a "true privilege."

"Jim was the consummate professional. There is a reason he is a Hall of Famer," said Matt Lepay, who calls Wisconsin football and basketball games.

"Like so many sports fans in this state and beyond, I am saddened at the news of his passing."

Irwin, the longtime voice of the Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks, passed away Sunday after losing a battle with kidney cancer.  He was 77.

Lepay was Irwin's pregame, halftime and postgame host during the 1989 and 1990 Badgers football seasons - Irwin's last in a 22-year career as voice of the Badgers.

"Someone like Jim could have "big timed" me, but he always offered words of encouragement. In a sense, perhaps he was taking me under his wing," Lepay wrote in his blog on the Wisconsin Badgers web site. 

Click here for more of Matt Lepay's thoughts on Irwin.