Former WTMJ colleague Richardson calls Irwin's work ethic 'incredible'

Jay Sorgi

Former WTMJ colleague Richardson calls Irwin's work ethic 'incredible'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jan 24, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Respect, memories and condolences after the loss of former 620WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 sports voice Jim irwin are coming from many areas, including longtime colleagues who worked with Irwin for decades.

"His work ethic was incredible, and once he got in that broadcast booth, this unassuming man was just a totally different person," said former Newsradio 620 WTMJ anchor Frank Richardson on Tuesday's edition of "Wisconsin's Morning News," the show he and Irwin made into a longtime tradition for radio listeners in the state.

"I couldn't figure out it until I tried it, and this guy made a small screen TV much larger.  He captured things that a camera couldn't.  I've never seen anything like it since."

Richardson told 620WTMJ's Gene Mueller about how Irwin and Max McGee were able to make the long-suffering Green Bay Packers must-listen-to radio, despite the team's streak of 20 years without a playoff berth in a non-strike year.

"It was an inspiration working with the guy, because he could do that," said Richardson. 

"Jim would get wound up and get going, but Max would bring it right back down.  The next snap of the ball, Jim was up and going again." 

Every morning for 17 years, Richardson and Irwin shared the 620WTMJ studio microphones for "Wisconsin's Morning News," and he talked about the joy of being his co-worker.

"People like you and me would get up early in the morning and go to work, but when you were in this guy's company, you were laughing, you could kid with him, and all the while, you could certainly respect him."