South Jersey Baseball:
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
By Bill Cook
The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that Philadelphia Flyers play-by-play broadcaster Jim Jackson will call two games on the Thunder radio network this season.
Jackson will call the Trenton vs. New Britain game on August 14 at 7:05 and the Trenton vs. Binghamton game on August 28 at 7:05. The games will be broadcast on WBUD 1260 AM, WHTG 1410 AM and online at www.nj.com starting at 6:45.
Jackson will be joined in the radio booth by Thunder broadcast intern Steve Rudenstein. Dan Loney, the regular play-by-play broadcaster for the Thunder, will be on the air with CN8 TV those nights.
“We have always been fortunate to have great broadcasters here in Trenton and we are lucky to be able to have someone of Jim’s caliber step in while Dan is working with CN8,” said Thunder General Manager Rick Brenner.
Jim Jackson has spent the last eleven seasons as a play-by-play broadcaster with the Philadelphia Flyers. The last nine seasons he has been on television after having handled the radio call his first two years with the team. A five-time Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award Winner for sports play-by-play, Jackson joined the Flyers’ organization in 1993 after having been the radio voice of the Utica Devils (American Hockey League) for six seasons. In all, he has been involved in hockey play-by-play for almost twenty years at various levels.
Jackson has also provided the call for Minor League Baseball with eight years broadcasting the Utica Blue Sox of the NY-Penn League. He has also worked in college football, basketball, and lacrosse during his career. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1985 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
"I can't wait to call a baseball game again. I'd done eight years of Single A ball in the New York-Penn League then when I got the NHL job I got away from it. I got the itch again and am looking forward to it," said Jackson.
A native of upstate New York, Jackson currently resides in Gloucester Township, NJ with his wife, Bernadette and their two children: daughter, Deanna and son, John.
The Thunder will begin a three game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins) Thursday at 7:05 at Waterfront Park. Tickets are available for all Thunder games by calling 609-394-3300 or online at www.trentonthunder.com.