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Jim Jackson won’t return to Phillies radio broadcasts in 2021


Another prominent, long-time voice in Philadelphia Phillies broadcasts will not be brought back next season.

Citizens Bank Park has been home to the Phillies since 2004. (Tim Kelly/Phillies Nation)

Radio broadcaster Jim Jackson has been let go by the team after 14 seasons, he announced on Twitter Wednesday.

“The Phillies have informed me that they are no longer in need of my broadcasting services,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’m told I’m a ‘luxury the organization can no longer afford in such uncertain times.'”

Jackson is now the second member of the team’s broadcast crew to be laid off ahead following the end of the 2020 season. Television broadcaster and sideline reporter Gregg Murphy was also let go by NBC Universal.

Jackson had been a part of the Phillies’ radio team since 2007 in both pre- and post-game show and play-by-play roles. He could be typically be heard on the air calling the fourth and fifth innings of games.

In addition to doing radio for the Phillies, Jackson has been the play-by-play announcer for Philadelphia Flyers hockey since 1993. He will still continue in that role during Flyers broadcasts.

Jackson mentioned in his statement his appreciation for his time with the Phillies and especially for late Phillies president David Montgomery for bringing him into the organization.

“David Montgomery gave me the opportunity to be a part of Phillies’ baseball all those years ago,” Jackson said. “It lasted longer than either of us could possibly have expected it to. In all honesty, for me, it hasn’t really been the same since David left the scene. I miss that guy.

“But it was always an honor and a privilege to be part of the Phillies’ organization. I’ll take my many cherished memories with me into my next life chapter and will always look back at my time with the Phils with a smile on my face.”

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Rick Morton

    October 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    The Phillies are always the worst of Philly’s teams on announcing. For years we had to deal with the insufferable Chris Wheeler, now it’s a so-so Kruk and totally annoying Frandsen. At least we still have Franzke and Anderson, although Larry doesn’t do enough games. Jim Jackson has always been an understated but pleasant and knowledgeable announcer who talks as much as he should and no more, I would have been happy to see him continue with the Phillies in any role. I’m afraid to ask, but who’s in charge here?

    • Ken Bland

      October 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Guessing you meant Tom McCarthy based on the totally annoying phrase. I have NEVER seen a comment on McCarthy that was complimentary, and never seen one that was negative on Franzke. Until now, if you actually meant Franzke is totally annoying, which I assume you didn’t.

      Guess you realize your assessment of the Phils having the city’s worst announcing teams was a real stretch considering HK’s long tenure, but they have had some misses along the way, for sure.

  2. Larry Jones

    October 15, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Instead of worrying about the broadcast team they need to worry about the bullpen, I have been a Phillie fan since 1947 and the front office of today may be one of the worst Phillies ever had.

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