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Flyers' Jackson joins the Phillies
02/27/2007 5:11 PM ET
Jim Jackson is joining the Phillies broadcast team for the upcoming season, Rob Brooks, Phillies Broadcasting Manager announced today. He will be hosting the pre-game and post-game shows, a role handled last year by Scott Franzke, who will be doing play-by-play exclusively this year.

"We are pleased to have a broadcaster of Jim's caliber in our mix," said Brooks. "He brings a lot of experience with him, and a passion for baseball that not too many people were aware of."

Jackson, 43, has been broadcasting hockey games for 20 years, the last 14 with the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, but this will not be his first baseball experience.

A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism, he did radio play-by-play for the Utica Blue Sox of the New York-Penn League from 1986 to 1993. He spent the summer of 2005 broadcasting the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League and was the television voice of the Cal Ripken World Series on OLN in August 2006.

Hockey fans fear not, Jackson will continue to do play-by-play during the Flyers' season.

Let the games begin

The Phillies will begin to play ball with an exhibition game against Florida State University at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla.

Their 32-game Grapefruit League schedule officially begins begins the next day (March 1) with a game in Lakeland against the defending American League Champion Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m. They open their home schedule on Friday, March 2, with a 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Cleveland Indians.

The spring schedule ends with two games against the Boston Red Sox in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on March 30 (7:05 p.m.) and 31 (1:05 p.m.).

TV RECOGNITION: The Phillies will have eight spring games televised this year, including two national broadcasts on ESPN - March 22 vs. the Red Sox (1:05 p.m.) and March 23 vs. the Atlanta Braves (1:05 p.m.), both from Bright House Networks Field - a first for the Phillies.

The other telecasts will be on weekends - three on Comcast SportsNet (March 4 and 17 vs. New York Yankees and March 25 vs. Minnesota Twins) and three on the CW Philly 57 (March 18 vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays, March 24 at Cincinnati Reds and March 31 vs Red Sox) - all at 1:05 p.m.

RADIO WAVES: Of the 32 games this spring, 15 of them will be broadcast on WPHT 1210 AM. In addition to the opener at 1:05 p.m. on March 1 at Detroit, every night and weekend game will be on the radio, along with both exhibition games from Citizens Bank Park against the Red Sox.

INTERNET ACCESS: For those yearning for more coverage, each of the home spring dates (except the home opener on March 2), without radio or television coverage and the game on March 26 at the Yankees will be heard via the internet on www.phillies.com, an additional seven games.

PHILLIES UP CLOSE: Scott Palmer will continue to uplink daily spring interviews, which can be seen on www.phillies.com. Once the games begin, most of those interviews will be with the starting pitcher and a player who had an impact on the game.

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