For 28 years, Jim Brandstatter, part of the radio broadcast teams for Michigan and Lions football, has not missed working a game.
But that streak will end Sunday.
Brandstatter will handle the play-by-play for the Michigan football broadcast from Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, but will not be able to pull off the doubleheader as he always has done. With the Lions playing early Sunday in London, he logistically can’t make the trip.
“I don’t like missing it,” Brandstatter said. “I wish there was a way, but given the circumstance, it’s out of my control. I looked at every possibility to go there, and the best scenario if everything worked out perfectly, would get me there right at the start of the game.
“It’s a bummer, but I’ve had a year to think about it.”
When the schedule came out, Brandstatter went to station executives at 97.1 and told them there likely would be a conflict. For nearly three decades he has been able to call a Michigan game and then make the Lions game, despite some hectic travel plans.
Rob Rubick will fill in for Brandstatter as the analyst on the Lions game with Dan Miller on the play-by-play.
Brandstatter will get to the radio studio early Sunday, however, and will be on air for pregame, halftime and postgame work.
Meanwhile, he will be without radio partner Dan Dierdorf for Saturday’s Michigan-Michigan State radio broadcast. Dierdorf, who had major back surgery earlier in the year, recently underwent a medical procedure that is expected to sideline him for one game only. Dierdorf is anticipated to return to the booth for the Indiana game Nov. 1 at Michigan Stadium.
Jon Jansen, also a former Michigan offensive lineman like Dierdorf and Brandstatter, will fill in as the analyst for Saturday’s game. Jansen already is part of the game-day radio crew.
Read more at the Detroit News where this story was originally published.