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'A Tribute to Jim'

CREATED Nov 22, 2012

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  • Green Bay Packers radio announcer Jim Irwin shakes hands with fans in the stands as he walks around the field during halftime of the game between the Packers and Tennessee Oilers on Dec. 20, 1998, in Green Bay. Irwin retired at the end of the 1998 season. Image by Associated Press

  • GillesP2 GillesP2 - (l to r) Jim Irwin, Ted Moore, Earl Gillespie, Lloyd Larson, Elroy Hirsch. PUBLISHED: 9-16-1969, Milwaukee Sentinel Image by Roy Zalesky

  • Chicago Bears announcer Wayne Larrivee (please check the spelling on this) and Green Bay Packers announcer Jim Irwin meet before the Packers-Bears game Sunday, December 13, 1998 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.(MIlwaukee Journal Sentinel photo by Tom Lynn) Image by Tom Lynn

  • Present voice of the Green Bay Packers, announcer Jim Irwin (left) chats with the new Packers announcer Wayne Larivee following an interview at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, WI., December 9, 1998. Image by Jim Gehrz

  • MAX20pMax McGee and Jim Irwin. Max McGee died Oct. 20, 2007. Image by x

  • A commemorative issue of the new Vince Lombardi stamp was unveiled Tuesday, August 5, next to Lambeau Field by the U.S. Postal Service during a brief ceremony featureing comments from several persons including from left to right Ray Nitchke, Packer player from 1958-1972; William Brown, Vice President, Area Operations, Midwest Area for the U.S. Postal Service; Packer President Bob Harlan; and Jim Irwin, Radio boice of the Green Bay Packers. Several hundred fans attended the ceremony. Image by Rick Wood

  • Max McGee, left, and Jim Irwin returns to the booth to record a series of commercials for Bank Mutual at IV Media in Brookfield Thursday, August 4, 2005. Image by Benny Sieu

  • Max McGee (left) has been announcing Packer games since '80. Says partner Jim Irwin: "He's irreverent, he's humorous (and) he's quick-witted." October 1, 1992 Image by Staff Photo

  • BACK ROW (L-R) Lionel Aldridge (Sports) Don Parcher (News) Bill Carlson (Weather) Jim Irwin (Sports) CENTER ROW (L-R) Bunny Raasch (Features) Ed Hinshaw (News/Editorials) FRONT ROW (L-R) Hank Stoddard (Sports) Judy Marks (Weather) John McCullough (News) - For obit on Jewell "Judy" Chaudoir, earlier known as "Judy Marks." She was a weather girl on WTMJ and other stations in the 1950s and 1960s, also working other assignments. Photo courtesy of Dan Chaudoir

  • Max McGee, left, and Jim Irwin returns to the booth to record a series of commercials for Bank Mutual at IV Media in Brookfield Thursday, August 4, 2005. Image by Benny Sieu

  • Radio announcers Max McGee, left, and Jim Irwin announced Monday, June 22, 1998, at Packers headquarters in Green Bay, that the upcoming Green Bay Packer football season will be the last they will broadcast for the Packers Radio Network. (AP Photo/Green Bay Press-Gazette, John Roemer) Image by John Roemer

  • MAX20pMax McGee and Jim Irwin. Max McGee died Oct. 20, 2007. Image by x

MILWAUKEE - Once again, Newsradio 620 WTMJ is honored to bring you another classic rebroadcast of some of the greatest games in Packers history.

This year, it's with special poignancy as we remember Jim Irwin, who passed early this year. 

Our tribute includes a re-broadcast of Jim and Max McGee's call of the 1993 NFC Wildcard Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.

At 9:00 a.m., Dennis Krause will host a special retrospective on Irwin's 30 years with 620WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4.

Dennis will offer great memories from Jim's broadcast colleagues including:
- Ted Moore, Jim's first broadcast partner with the Packers Radio Network in 1969
- Jon McGlocklin, Jim's longtime color voice with the Bucks Radio Network
- Brian Manthey, who worked with Jim on Wisconsin Badgers broadcasts and then succeeded him as Voice of the Badgers
- Larry McCarren, who joined Jim and Max for the final four seasons of their tenure on the Packers Radio Netork
- Wayne Larrivee, who followed Jim and now serves in his 14th year as Voice of the Packers

You can also hear those interviews in our online coverage by clicking the following links:
- Dennis with Irwin, Larrivee and Moore (More than five decades of Packers play-by-play announcers in one conversation from 2005)
- Dennis with Manthey
- Dennis with McGlocklin
- Dennis with Larrivee and McCarren

Then, after Dennis' 75-minute special, we'll bring you the main course - one of Jim's classic broadcasts, against a team that traditionally plays on Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit Lions.

You'll hear the 1993 NFC Wildcard Game, Jim's first non-strike playoff game as voice of the Packers, and the first for the franchise since 1972.

The Packers had produced their second straight 9-7 season, but six days beforehand, they fell to the Lions in the very same Silverdome. 

On January 8, 1994, the Packers looked for revenge, redemption, and the team's first non-strike playoff victory since Super Bowl II - a game Irwin covered as a TV reporter in Green Bay.

Throughout our Thanksgiving Day re-broadcast, we'll sprinkle in dozens of Jim's best, most famous, and most memorable calls as voice of the Packers, Badgers and Bucks. 

You'll hear Jim with color commentators like McGee, McCarren, Lionel Aldridge, Ron Vanderkelen and sometimes a gleefully screaming "Johnny Mac."

It's all part of our "Tribute to Jim."

Sit back at 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and enjoy Jim Irwin and Max McGree calling the Packers and Lions in the NFC Wildcard Game from 1993, preceded by Dennis Krause's own "Tribute to Jim" on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.