Jim Paschke, play-by-play television presenter said Tuesday that his 35th season calling the Milwaukee Bucks would be his last, ending a decorated career.
He is one of the many famous broadcasting voices who brought Wisconsin sports to life, many of which will live on as state sports royalty forever. Consider our embarrassment of wealth:
Let’s start with the obvious. Uecker has been the radio voice of the Brewers since the franchise’s childhood, and he is perhaps the most identifiable personality in baseball Brewers.
You can still hear his eternally familiar voice emanating from the radio during the Brewers’ home games, even at 87.
The Wisconsin sports treasure received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, and his trademark humor guided Milwaukee fans through long stretches of under 0.500 baseball. Generations of fans know the benchmark when you say “Get up, get out of here, go!”
He’s also had great partners, including several announcers who are now the play-by-play voices for other MLB teams: Pat Hughes, Jim Powell, Cory Provus and Joe Block. His current partner, Jeff Levering, takes the lead in road games and also appears on television.
Just as the Brewers got their start in the early 1970s, so did the Milwaukee Bucks, and radio / TV personality Eddie Doucette was tasked with making the 1968 expansion squad interesting.
Using an arsenal of nicknames and coining terms like “skyhook” and “Bango,” Doucette helped make the Bucks a mainstay of the city, and the addition of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar certainly didn’t hurt. For 16 years he was the voice of the franchise.
Before “Holy cow!” was owned by Harry Carey, he was employed by that play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Braves, who brought the team to life for fans from 1953 to 1963, a highlight for sports fans in Wisconsin.
The eight-time Wisconsin Sports Presenter of the Year, alongside partner Blaine Walsh, called the Braves’ two World Series appearances and the only title, and he also called Marquette University sports, Packers games and Wisconsin football.
When Gillespie was forced to retire due to heart disease, it was Harmon who stepped in, first announcing the Braves games, then the Brewers games when Milwaukee again secured a baseball team in 1970 and worked on radio and television during the 1979 season.
Harmon called games alongside Blaine Walsh and Tom Collins for two years, and his career included a number of national assignments in a variety of sports before finally returning to Milwaukee as the Brewers’ lead announcer, eventually teaming up with a young Uecker. In all, Harmon has been on the announcing teams for five Major League teams.
Harmon and Uecker also worked with Mike Hegan, who became a key part of TV shows for a decade.
Scott, who became synonymous with the great Packers teams of the Vince Lombardi era, was among those who described perhaps the most legendary moment in the NFL, the 1967 NFL Championship game, better known as by Ice Bowl.
Scott started with the Packers in 1956, paired up with Tony Canadeo, and was on call for Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. He kept it simple and low key: “From Starr to Dowler, touchdown, Green Bay.”
Scott became a primary broadcaster for CBS when the NFL moved away from team-specific broadcast teams, and he called four Super Bowls. He also served in play-by-play roles for the Brewers for two years.
For 10 years he was also the voice of the Green Bay Packers, including a famous radio call in the Ice Bowl: “Starr starts the count, takes the snap, he’s got the stealth quarterback and he’s ready for the touchdown, and the Packers are ahead, 20-17. “
In all, he oversaw five NFL championships and two Super Bowls, and then hosted games for the Baltimore Colts in the season they won Super Bowl V.
The former program director at WTMJ also spent time with WEMP and WOKY in Milwaukee and is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. His work extended to University of Wisconsin basketball (for two decades, no less) and football teams.
Jim Irwin (and Max McGee)
Irwin has served in a number of functions, but will be remembered for his 30 seasons on the mic as the radio voice of the Green Bay Packers, including the Super Bowl triumph in early 1997. In partnership with the former Casual and colorful Packers player Max McGee, Irwin was the man who delivered the line, “Edgar Bennett with a hole on the right side, you could drive a truck to the Super Bowl through” as the Packers clinched a victory in the NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers.
Irwin also called the Bucks games for 16 years, Wisconsin football games for 22 years, and Wisconsin basketball games for five years, plus two years with Bob Uecker for UW-Milwaukee games. He called two memorable UW moments, an upheaval of Michigan’s No.1 in 1981 by the football team and an all-field ringing batsman by Wes Matthews in 1979.
When Irwin and McGee retired in 1998, to Larrivee, a former Bears announcer with a number of domestic assignments already under his belt.
Known for his “dagger” appeal at crucial endgame moments, he was on the mic alongside Larry McCarren as the Packers won the Super Bowl in early 2011. Larrivee has also worked with the Big Ten Network and the Chicago Bulls.
Lepay, whose profile has reached greater heights in recent years with limited appearances as a play-by-play announcer for the Brewers games, has been the voice of Wisconsin basketball since 1988 and Wisconsin football. since 1994.
With calls like “book it” for a big three point or emphatic “Wisconsin touchdown!” Lepay was on the mike as programming reached a new level in the late 90s and into the new millennium.
Anxious Brewers fans have worried that Anderson has been going to a “national” concert for years, but the truth is that Anderson was able to maintain his role as the Brewers play-by-play TV presenter and hold a telecast. national simultaneously for years. .
One of the main voices on Turner’s NBA playoff coverage (not to mention baseball playoff coverage), Anderson has been the main TV man for the Brewers since 2007. He also had assignments. for the Big Ten Network and the NCAA Tournament. He called out Roy Halladay’s non-hitter, Damian Lillard’s ridiculous hitter in the 2019 playoffs and Washington’s World Series triumph later that year, but he will be forever known in Milwaukee for his call of the Ryan Braun’s eighth punch in 2008. regular season finale.
It’s hard to mention Anderson without noting the color commentator who has been by his side, the former Brewers wide receiver who has been in his current role for a quarter of a century.
Member of Team Streak in 1987 (and receiver of Juan Nieves No-hitter), Schroeder has been a constant on Brewers’ shows, working alongside a large number of play-by-play announcers such as Matt Vasgersian, Daron Sutton and even Paschke for two seasons. Schroeder overcame a health scare in 2020.
Jim Paschke and Jon McGlocklin
Back to Paschke; it’s hard to mention without also mentioning his three-decade-long broadcast partner former Bucks star Jon McGlocklin. They were honored for 30 years of working with a banner in the rafters of the arena in 2016, and McGlocklin’s role as co-founder of the MACC Fund has further strengthened his place in the community.
A latest shout out to current Bucks radio play-by-play presenter Ted Davis, who has been calling games in Milwaukee for 24 years with his mark of infectious enthusiasm. Bucks fans know what it means when “it’s in the bank and earns interest.” And that?
Update: This story has been updated to add Ted Moore.