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Jim Henderson (sportscaster)

Jim Henderson (born July 29, 1947) is an American sportscaster based in New Orleans. He is the radio voice of the New Orleans Saints and also works as a football analyst for WVUE-DT.[1] Before that, he worked for WWL-TV from May 1, 1978 to January 31, 2012.[2]

Biography

Henderson began reporting on Little League baseball games in his native Rochester, New York. After receiving his bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Cortland, Henderson went on to achieve a Masters in Radio and Television at Syracuse University.[3]

Henderson began his sports reporting career with the sports director position at a Panama City station, then became a sports reporter in Atlanta.[4] Henderson joined Channel 4 (WWL-TV in New Orleans) on May 1, 1978 when he was offered a job as a sportscaster, succeeding exiting Lloyd "Hap" Glaudi.[3] Henderson and news anchors Garland Robinette and Angela Hill helped WWL become the nation's top-rated local news affiliate, a place it continues to hold to this day.

Henderson is a 13-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Sportscaster of the Year Award, an award conferred by sports journalists from all over Louisiana. Henderson regularly traveled to the Super Bowl, The Masters, and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game because of his work as a reporter for CBS Newspath.

Henderson is currently the play-by-play announcer on Saints radio broadcasts, formerly teaming with former Saints quarterback Archie Manning. Henderson and Manning broadcast Saints games to listeners (and preseason TV viewers) from 1986 to 1997, with the exception of the 1990 season (when Henderson called regional NFL telecasts on CBS). Henderson currently teams with former Saints running back Hokie Gajan on radio. Henderson was at the microphone for both of the Saints' NFC Championship Game appearances, in 2006 and 2009, as well as their appearance in Super Bowl XLIV.

In August 2012, six months after retiring from WWL, Henderson joined rival station WVUE-DT, owned by Saints owner Tom Benson, as an analyst and commentator for the Saints.[1][5]

Henderson has residences in both Poplarville, Mississippi, and Mandeville, Louisiana. He is married and has two grown children.

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—Henderson's call of Tracy Porter's pivotal interception in Super Bowl XLIV.

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—The Saints win the 2009 NFC Championship on Garrett Hartley's field goal in overtime, 31-28, over the Minnesota Vikings on January 24, 2010. The Super Bowl berth was the first in Saints history.

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—Henderson's call of the final seconds of the Saints' victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

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—Henderson's call of Az-Zahir Hakim's fumble in the final two minutes of the Saints' 2000 wild card playoff game against the St. Louis Rams. The game was the first playoff win in the Saints' 34-year history.

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—Henderson's call of Peyton Manning's final pass in Super Bowl XLIV: an incomplete pass on 4th down that gave the Saints the ball and their first and only Super Bowl victory

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