Philadelphia Phillies radio broadcaster Jim Jackson has been let go by the organization, which said he’s a “luxury the organization can no longer afford in such uncertain times.” For 14 years, Jackson hosted the pre-game and post-game shows on the Phillies Radio Networks and flagship radio station Entercom sports WIP-FM Philadelphia (94.1).
Since 2010, Jackson has also handled play-by-play responsibilities, usually during the middle innings of a game, and has also handled other broadcast assignments for the team.
Jackson will continue as the lead play-by-play TV announcer for the Philadelphia Flyers, which he has been doing for the past 25 years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Jackson announced the news in a lengthy letter typed on Phillies stationery that was posted to Twitter. After describing his meetings with team owner David Montgomery and how he came to join the team, along with some of the highlights during his tenure, Jackson wrote, “But, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The Phillies have informed me that they are no longer in need of my broadcasting services. I’m told I’m a ‘luxury the organization can no longer afford in such uncertain times.’”
He went on to thank many of the people who he has come in contact with over the years, including players, coaches, managers and other broadcasters. “I truly treasured being able to share the laughs, cheers, and yes, tears over the years.”