1929 IN REVIEW
The Packers signed B Johnny Blood (McNally), T Cal Hubbard and G Mike Michalske, leading to a 12-0-1 record and their first NFL title, posting 12-0-1 record. Curly Lambeau appeared only once on the field, playing in the November 17 win over the Cardinals. He was the last remaining member of the 1921 Packers which played in the NFL. Upon their return to the city after beating the Bears in Chicago for their first NFL title, the Packers were greeted at the Chicago & North Western railroad depot by an estimated crowd of 20,000. At a dinner the following night, each player was rewarded with $220 and a watch raised through public donations. The year also saw Packer games broadcast on the radio for the first time, when WTMJ recreated a game from New York between the Giants and Packers. Russ Winnie recreated the broadcast using raw data from a teletype machine.
ON THE AIR IN PACKERLAND
Before radio, when Packers played on the road, as many as 500 fans turned out at Legion Park to “watch” game on Playograph board (telegraph reports from press box re-created game on screen, complete with PA). Milwaukee radio station WTMJ broadcast its first Packer game on November 24, 1929, a Packer win in New York. Announcer Russ Winnie was not actually in the Big Apple. He "re-created" the broadcast based on teletype report. The first live broadcast came in 1931 when Winnie traveled to Chicago. Though its broadcasts began in 1929, WTMJ did not begin paying the Packers for broadcast rights until 1943; it paid the team $7500 to broadcast the season. In the early 1930s, there was no exclusive right given to broadcast games, and WHBY in Green Bay often sent its own announcers to call the game. Here are the primary radio announcers in Packer history, although the list is by no means complete:
Russ Winnie (1929-1946) - Winnie, with assistance from his spotter, his wife, was the first radio voice of the Packers. He stepped down in 1947 to become station manager of WTMJ, then died too young, at age 49, of a heart attack in 1956.
Bob Heiss (1947-54) - Heiss had started with WTMJ in 1938 broadcasting Wisconsin Badger football.
Earl Gillespie (1952 -?) - Gillespie was the voice of the Packers when the games were on WEMP, as well as WTMJ.
Tony Flynn (1954-?)
Bob Forte (1954-?)
Larry Clark (1947-1960) - Clark left to do the Cardinals broadcasts when they moved to St. Louis.
Blaine Walsh (1957-
Mike Walden (1957-
Ted Moore (1960-1969) - He is the voice of the famous Ice Bowl call: “Starr begins the count … takes the snap … he’s got the quarterback sneak and he’s in for the touchdown and the Packers are out in front, 20 to 17 … and the Green Bay Packers are going to be … world champions … NFL champions, for a third straight year!”, although the game was not quite over at that point. He left to work on the Baltimore Colts radio broadcasts.
Jim Irwin (1969 to 1998) - Irwin first worked with Ted Moore, then Gary Bender before getting the Packer play-by-play job by himself in 1975. Irwin worked with Max McGee from 1979 until the two retired after the 1998 season.
Gary Bender (1970 to 1974) - Bender and Irwin used to announce the Packers and the Badgers, each alternating play-by-play — Bender would do the first and third quarters, and Irwin would do the second and fourth quarters, before Bender left for CBS.
Lionel Aldridge (1975 to 1979) - Aldridge worked with Jim Irwin and for NBC before his life unraveled due to paranoid schizophrenia in the late 1970s. Homeless for a time, he eventually recovered, working as an advocate for the homeless and mentally ill until his death in 1998.
Max McGee (1979 to 1998) - The former wide received was the color man with Irwin for twenty season, before both hung up their microphones following the 1998 season.
Larry McCarren (1995 to present) - The former standout center was the third man in the first three-man team in Packer radio history from 1995 until 1998, then became the primary color man with Wayne Larrivee in 1999.
Wayne Larrivee (1999 to present) - Wayne Larivee joined WTMJ as the new "Voice of the Green Bay Packers" when Irwin retired. Before joining the Packers, Larrivee called games for the Chicago Bears for 14 seasons. He also was the television play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls during WGN-TV games for 17 seasons
And if you are wondering where Ray Scott, the "voice" of the Packers on television in the 1960s, rests on this list. He does not...as he was on television. Scott was paired primarily with Tony Canadeo on Packers telecasts.