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