Jim Brandstatter has been broadcasting since his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1972.
An offensive lineman for Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines between 1969 and ‘72, “Brandy” played on two Big Ten Champion teams including the 1969 squad that upset #1 ranked Ohio State, and the unbeaten ‘71 Conference Champs. Along the way, he participated in two Rose Bowls.
After graduation, it was off to Saginaw, Michigan, then Jackson, then Detroit, working television newscasts. In 1980, Brandstatter was named to host “Michigan Replay,” the U of M football coach’s TV show. It re-united Brandstatter with his former coach, Bo Schembechler. While the name has changed to “Inside Michigan Football,” the program is still going, and Jim is still hosting. He has worked with Bo, Gary Moeller, Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez, and now Brady Hoke in a run of 34 years. During that time, Jim also served as color analyst on Michigan Football games for PASS-TV, ON TV, and different radio outlets. He still holds that post with longtime broadcast partner and friend Frank Beckmann of WJR, Radio.
In 2013, Jim was elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
Jim has twice been named sportscaster of the year in Michigan by the National Sportcasters and Sportwriters Assn. And, he has served as President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Assn. for four terms. Jim is also a past DSBA Ty Tyson winner.
Since 1987, Jim has also served as the NFL’s Detroit Lions color analyst on their state wide radio network.
2013 will be his 27th year as the Lions analyst. His Play by Play partner for Lions broadcasts is 2013 Ty Tyson sportscaster of the year honoree and friend Dan Miller of Fox 2 Detroit, TV.
---Listen to Michigan Football on WWJ NewsRadio 950AM, Detroit.
---Listen to Lions Football on 97.1 The Ticket, in Detroit.
---Watch Inside Michigan Football on Fox Sports Detroit.
--Listen to Inside Michigan Football Wednesday Nights at 7PM in the Fall, or join us Live at the Pizza House in Ann Arbor.
Jim is married to former WXYZ-TV Detroit news anchor Robbie Timmons. Robbie is now retired but working hard on her favorite charity, CANTER, a thoroughbred horse rescue. See what Robbie is up to these days at her website: robbietimmons.com