Meet Jim Brandstatter

Jim Brandstatter has been broadcasting since his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1972.

An offensive lineman for Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines between 1969 and ‘72, “Brandy” played on two Big Ten Championship teams including the 1969 squad that upset #1 ranked Ohio State, and the unbeaten ‘71 Champions. Along the way, he participated in two Rose Bowls.

After graduation, it was off to Saginaw, Michigan, then Jackson, then Detroit, working television newscasts. In 1980, Brandstatter was named to host “Michigan Replay,” the U of M football coach’s TV show. It re-united Brandstatter with his former coach, Bo Schembechler. While the name has changed to “Inside Michigan Football,” the program is still going, and Jim is still hosting. He has worked with Bo, Gary Moeller, Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez, Brady Hoke and now Jim Harbaugh in a run of 39 years. Since 1979, Jim also served as color analyst on Michigan Football games for PASS-TV, ON TV, and different radio outlets.


In 2014, Jim moved to the play-by-play chair on the broadcasts, and he was joined by friend, teammate,  former Michigan All American, and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf. With over 60 years of broadcast experience, and a deep love for U of M football, this duo brings unmatched intangibles to the Wolverines radio broadcasts. 

In 2013, Jim was elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014 Jim was inducted into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2016, Jim added induction to the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame. 

Jim has twice been named sportscaster of the year in Michigan by the National Sportcasters and Sportwriters Assn. And, he has served as President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Assn. for four terms. Jim is also a past DSBA Ty Tyson broadcast excellence winner.

Jim also served as the NFL’s Detroit Lions color analyst on their state wide radio network. In 2016 Jim and broadcast partner Dan Miller were honored as "Best in Category" winners by the Michigan Assoc. of Broadcasters in play by play sports for their Lions broadcasts. Jims last year on Lions broadcasts was 2017 as he completed 31 years in the Lions radio booth.