DETROIT (AP) — Jim Brandstatter is out after 31 years as a radio broadcaster at Detroit Lions games.
Brandstatter says he got the news Tuesday from radio station WJR, which carries the Lions. General manager Tom O’Brien says Brandstatter was “excellent,” but the station decided to hire a former Lion, Lomas Brown.
Brown will work with play-by-play man Dan Miller.
Brandstatter says he’s had a “great run.” He says he’ll now be free to enjoy Thanksgiving at home. The Lions always play on the holiday.
The Lions released a statement, praising Brandstatter for his “unwavering passion” and knowledge of the game:
As a color analyst for the Detroit Lions Radio Network for more than three decades, Jim Brandstatter helped bring together Lions fans everywhere. His unwavering passion and knowledge for the game of football, both as a broadcaster and former player, were instrumental to our radio broadcasts. We sincerely thank Jim for his countless contributions to our team over the years and for the positive impact he’ll continue to make in the football community.
Brandstatter still will be heard on Michigan football radio broadcasts.