For over 35 years, Jim Brandstatter has been broadcasting sports in Michigan. Jim is a two-time past president of the Detroit Sports Broadcaters Association. After graduation from the University of Michigan in 1972, Brandstatter was hired as the sports director of WEYI-TV in Saginaw. His duties included covering breaking news stories in the Tri-Cities, an occasional fill-in job as the weather reporter, and full-time sports anchor.
In 1975, WILX-TV in Jackson called, and Brandstatter moved to a similar position. It was in Jackson when Jim started to free-lance in his spare time, and picked up play-by-play and analyst jobs on football and basketball broadcasts in the area.
Following his 2 and a half years in Jackson, Brandstatter got the chance to move to Detroit as a sports producer for the NBC affiliate in town, WDIV-TV. His duties included producing sports segments for the early and late news, and after a while he also became a regular sports anchor/reporter.
In 1980, while at Channel 4, Brandstatter became the host of ‘Michigan Replay’, U of M coach Bo Schembechler’s television show.
Additionally, Jim began working more in the free-lance market, and started doing more live events for radio and cable television outlets.
Since 1983, Brandstatter has been working strictly as a free-lancer, and has flourished as one of the more well-known sports broadcasters in the Midwest.
His current duties include the analyst job for Detroit Lions football broadcasts on the state-wide radio network and flagship 97.1 FM The Ticket, and the University of Michigan football games for the Micigan Sports Network and flagship WOMC-FM 104.3 in Detroit. He also continues to host ‘Inside Michigan Football’ with Coach Rich Rodriguez.
During recent summers, Jim has worked for the Michigan Open Golf Championship radio and television network, and was an associate producer on the ‘Ameritech Showdown’, the Emmy award winning telecast of the states PGA Skins game tournament.
Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Brandstatter is a life-long Michigan resident.
Jim bucked the odds as a high school senior and enrolled in the University of Michigan despite having a father on the faculty at Michigan State, and a mother and brother who were both Spartan graduates. He lettered for three years at Michigan playing football for the legendary Bo Schembechler. He was named All Big Ten in his senior year and played in two Rose Bowls for the Wolverines.
Jim is married to WXYZ-TV news anchor Robbie Timmons. They met when both of them worked at WILX-TV in Jackson. Both Jim and Robbie enjoy the outdoors, and are active golfers and love to go fishing. When at home, their pet dog ‘Brandy’, a shelty, gets most of their attention.