Jim Brandstatter Biography
Jim Brandstatter is a well-known American sports announcer. He’s a radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Michigan Wolverines football team. He worked with the Detroit Lions as a color commentator for 31 years, until the 2017 season finished.
How old is Jim Brandstatter? – Age
He was born as James Patrick Brandstatter on the 19th of June 1950 in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. He is 72 years as of 2022.
Where did Jim Brandstatter go to school? – Education
Jim Brandstatter elected to attend the University of Michigan, an in-state opponent, despite his family’s history at MSU.
Jim Brandstatter – Family
He came from a family of five siblings. His father, Art Brandstatter, Sr., was a Michigan State Spartan All-American fullback in 1936. His father went on to work for the Detroit Police Department as a police officer. At Michigan State University, he served as the Dean of the School of Criminal Justice. In Glynco, Georgia, he was then promoted to Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Jim’s older brother, Art Brandstatter, Jr., played defensive end for the Spartans from 1959 and 1961.
Jim Brandstatter Wife
He married Robbie Timmons, whom he met at WILX-TV when they were both working there. In 1972, she became the first American woman to anchor the evening news. From 1972 to 1976, she was employed by WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan. In 1982, Timmons joined WXYZ-TV as a co-anchor, with Carolyn Clifford and Bill Bonds, for newscasts. Timmons announced her retirement in 2010, and her final appearance that year was on October 14th.
What is Brandstatter Salary?
He receives an annual estimated salary of $200,000.
Brandstatter Net Worth
His net worth is predicted to be $2 million.
Jim Brandstatter Book
Tales from Michigan Stadium: Volume I (published in 2007) and Tales from Michigan Stadium: Volume II (published in 2002) are two nonfiction volumes about the University of Michigan football team.
Both books were best-sellers in the subject of sports.
Following his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1972, Brandstatter worked as the sports director of WEYI-TV in the Flint/Tri-Cities area. In 1975, Brandstatter worked for WILX-TV in the Lansing/Jackson area as a sports director. Brandstatter moved to Detroit to work as a sports producer for WDIV after two and a half years in New York.
While working at WDIV in 1980, Brandstatter became the host of Michigan Replay, a weekly half-hour football debate, interview, and highlights program. The first episode featured Bo Schembechler, his former head coach. Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr, both former head coaches, were later added. In 2008, the program was renamed “Inside Michigan Football with Coach Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.”
Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, continues Inside Michigan Football. After 30 years, Brandstatter is still the show’s original host, and it has grown from a regional broadcast to a statewide cable and satellite broadcast.
Did Jim Brandstatter play pro Football? – Did Jim Brandstatter play in the NFL?
During Coach Bo Schembechler’s first three seasons as head coach, he played offensive lineman for the Michigan Wolverines from 1969 to 1972. In a 1971 win over Michigan State, Brandstatter recalls one of his favorite moments as a player.
Brandstatter earned an All-Big Ten selection in 1971 and played in two Rose Bowls during his time at Michigan.
Brandstatter signed with the New England Patriots of the National Football League after going undrafted in the 1972 NFL Draft but was released during training camp in June. In August 1974, he joined the Lansing All-Stars of the Midwest Football League, coached by his brother Art. He played for the Lansing Capitals when they were renamed the Lansing Capitals in 1975.
Jim Brandstatter Radio
Brandstatter joins color commentator Dan Dierdorf, sideline reporter Doug Karsch, and studio analyst Jon Jansen on the Michigan Wolverines Football Radio Network to broadcast play-by-play of his alma mater’s football games. Brandy used to host a weekly college football radio show called Brandy and Bo with Coach Bo Schembechler. He worked as a broadcaster for the Detroit Lions Radio Network from 1987 to 2018. Jim has served as a radio and television announcer for the Michigan Open Golf Championship, in addition to football.