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Jim Irwin's family to receive honor at Milwaukee Bucks game

Jim Irwin's family to receive honor at Milwaukee Bucks game

By Jodi Becker and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Apr 11, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The family of Newsradio 620 WTMJ broadcasting legend Jim Irwin is reaching out to the community to say thank you for support after Irwin's death in January. 

Irwin, the longtime radio voice of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Badgers, passed away after a fight with cancer. 

Irwin's family will appear at the Milwaukee Bucks-New York Knicks game Wednesday night at the Bradley Center to accept the Kapco Homecourt Hero Award. 

It recognizes Jim Irwin's exceptional and lasting contribution to the community.

"We are so pleased and honored for him," explained his widow Gloria.  "He might be a little bit embarrassed to be called a hero...he would be very, very happy."

Gloria joined Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" to say thank you to Jim's fans for their support.

"It's been marvelous, the TMJ audience, all of Jim's colleagues, our friends, all the fans.  I can't tell you how comforting it's been for us," said Gloria.

She told us Jim was tuned in to Wisconsin sports until the very end of his time. 

"When the games were on, he was right there, either listening or watching.  Hank (Stoddard, former TODAY'S TMJ4 sports director) and Nan, his wife, live about 10 miles south of us in San Juan Capistrano.  The two of them, they watched whatever the game was, and they'd call one another and talk for hours."