October 27, 2017
Jim Brandstatter, Television and Radio Personality
A Broadcasters Life in Detroit
Jim Brandstatter has been a Michigan Sportscaster since his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1972, where he was a 3-year football letter winner as an offensive lineman who helped the Wolverines win two Big Ten Titles and played in two Rose Bowls.
Called “Brandy” by his broadcasting partners, has vividly brought University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football games to life for more than 39 years on various outlets throughout Michigan on the Wolverines statewide networks. His background as a player and 45 years in the radio/TV business gives Jim a perspective unique to football broadcasts, and listeners benefit from his experience.
Jim has hosted “Michigan Replay” and “Inside Michigan Football,” the Michigan Football Coach’s television show since 1980. From Bo Schembechler, to Gary Moeller to Lloyd Carr, to Rich Rodriguez, to Brady Hoke, and now, Jim Harbaugh, Brandstatter has been getting the answers for Wolverine fans on this Emmy nominated program.
In 2004 and 2008, Brandstatter was named “Sportscaster of the Year in Michigan” by the National Sportscasters/Sportswriters Association. In 2006, Jim was named the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Ty Tyson award winner for excellence in sports broadcasting. In 2014, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame. In 2016, Jim added the Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame to his list of honors.
Jim is also a published author. “Tales from Michigan Stadium” and “Tales from Michigan Stadium-Volume II” became top sellers for college football fans.
Married to Robbie Timmons, the recently retired noon and 5PM anchor of WXYZ-TV’s award winning newscasts in Detroit and MAB Hall of Famer. For relaxation, Jim enjoys playing golf, cooking, spending time up north, and reading mystery thrillers.
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Paul Traub, Sr. Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Detroit
Update on the U.S. & Michigan Economy and an Economic Forecast for 2018
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