Last month, Jim Jackson took to Twitter to announce that the Phillies were letting him go after 14 years with the team. He’s still got his Flyers play-by-play job, which is his main gig, but noted in his letter to fans that he’d be looking “for new opportunities in the hockey offseason.”
It looks like Jackson will be filling that time with a new venture called “JJ Broadcasting Coaching,” which is exactly what it sounds like. He’s going to swap out the Phillies gig for a new project in which he’ll work with young, would-be broadcasters.
Here’s a portion of the press release:
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 12, 2020: Longtime Philadelphia sports television and radio play-by-play broadcaster, Jim Jackson, announced today that he is launching “JJ Broadcasting Coaching”.
The veteran sports broadcaster is launching a long-desired broadcast coaching program. The coaching offerings will be tailored to aspiring broadcasters as well as young professionals already in the industry. Jackson is offering the services in two separate formats:
– One-on-one coaching and teaching; and
– Small group session coaching and teaching.
As for why Jackson decided to launch his coaching services, Jackson said “It’s something I have always wanted to do. It feels that every day I’m receiving messages on LinkedIn and social media from young professionals and aspiring broadcasters asking if I do any coaching and the opportunity now presents itself.”
“It’s important to me that regardless if I’m coaching one-on-one or in a group setting, it remains a very personal experience in a small setting where I hope it also morphs into a mentorship to a lot of these aspiring broadcasters,” Jackson said. “This is something where it’s going to be much more than just giving a quick one-sided lecture or a simple review of their reels.”
Jackson is going to limit his coaching to a max of five people at any given time, or eight aspiring broadcasters in a group session.
If you’re interested in being part of the program, you can send an email to JJBroadcastingCoaching@gmail.com.
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