Jim Brandstatter posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he had been terminated from his role as color analyst on Detroit Lions radio broadcasts. It is a position that he held for 31 years.
A quick heads up guys. This morning, WJR let me know they were going a different direction and terminated me from their Lions broadcasts. I had a great run of 31 years. I can’t thank Lion fans enough for spending time with me on all those Sundays. #ILoveDetroit #OnePride
— Jim Brandstatter (@jimbrandstatter) July 10, 2018
WJR released a statement on the firing that read
Jim Brandstatter did an excellent job for the past 2 years on WJR and for many years prior. We felt the addition of a former All-Pro Lion will bring a unique perspective to the game-day broadcast.
That “former All-Pro Lion” is reportedly 11 year NFL veteran Lomas Brown. He spent his entire career on Detroit’s offensive line.
Brandstatter will continue to call play-by-play of games for the University of Michigan. He immediately told colleagues that the silver lining in the firing was that he was happy to get Thanksgiving back.
The Detroit Lions released a statement of their own in the wake of the news.
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.