About Jim Jackson
Jim Jackson is a veteran of almost four decades of sports broadcasting with a heavy emphasis on play-by-play, but also including anchoring, sideline reporting, and talk show hosting. He has been a play-by-play voice of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers for the last 29 years, 27 of them on television. He has also broadcast games nationally on OLN, Versus, NBCSN, and TNT. Jackson joined the Flyers in 1993 as the team’s radio play-by-play voice and served in that role for two seasons before moving over to television.
From 2007 through 2020, Jim was also part of MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies’ broadcast team, hosting the pre and post game shows on the Phillies Radio Network before adding play-by-play responsibilities and other broadcast assignments in 2010. He was part of the coverage of five straight division titles for the Phillies (’07-’11) as well as their World Series title in 2008. In August of 2006, Jim was the television voice of the Cal Ripken World Series on the Outdoor Life Network.
Additionally, he has served as a part-time host on SportsRadio 94WIP, authored a book, Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now, and provided the call for college football, basketball and lacrosse during his career. He has also been a voice-over artist, public speaker, and since November 2020, has begun narrating audiobooks.
Jackson is a six-time Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award winner for Sports Play-By-Play/Color Commentary and twice a winner for Best Live Sports Coverage Series. He was selected as the 2011 Pennsylvania Broadcaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association, and in 2019 he received the Bill Campbell Award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association for excellence in broadcasting.
Jackson’s journey to Philadelphia began in upstate New York. His first pro hockey experience came calling games of the ACHL’s Mohawk Valley Comets in 1986-87. He spent six years (1987-1993) doing radio play-by-play for the Utica Devils, the New Jersey Devils’ American Hockey League affiliate in Utica. He also served as sports director for WTLB (AM) Radio in Utica and was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Utica Blue Sox (New York Penn League, Class “A” Baseball).
In September of 2022, Jim was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame.
Jackson was a product of New York Mills High School (Class of 1981) before attending Syracuse University and graduating in 1985 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He currently resides in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, with his wife, Bernadette, and their two children, daughter Deanna and son Johnny.