WWL's Voice of the Saints Jim Henderson retires

Hondo wraps up his career with WWL and Saints Radio

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 01, 2018 - 1:01 pm

After decades of calling the play-by-play for New Orleans Saints games on WWL Radio, Jim Henderson has decided to step away from the microphone.

“It’s time.  This is a good year to go out," Henderson explained after 30 years.  "I will miss our Saints Radio broadcast team; I will miss calling the games.  But, I’m looking forward to experiencing Saints football purely as a fan.”

Henderson, or Hondo - as his colleagues call him, has been there for the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.  From bags over fans heads to the amazing season that ended with a Saints Super Bowl win.

Watch Jim's announcement:

Deuce McAllister has sat next to Jim in the booth the past two seasons as the WWL. Saints color analyst.

“It’s a bitter sweet moment.  In a way you wanna cry, but in a way you’re so happy and proud; because you know the work, the heart Jim put into his job," the Saints all-time leading rusher said. "(Jim) brought joy to everyone who loves Saints football.”  

Jim says he is trading mic for a fishing pole and world travel with his wife.

WWL leaders say filling Henderson's shoes will not be easy.

“Jim is a beloved member of our WWL radio team and part of a larger sports broadcast community that includes WWL-TV, FOX 8, and national sportscasters and sportswriters,” said Chris Wegmann, Senior Vice President & Market Manager for Entercom New Orleans. “Nobody in sports broadcasting has more respect, is a better writer, anchor, play-by-play man than Jim Henderson.  He has raised the bar for all sportscasters.”

Diane Newman, WWL Operations and Program Director agrees, “Jim Henderson is the pros pro.  He makes a very complex job look and sound easy, that’s because he loves the game... Hondo deserves time to just be.” 

Newman added, “Now the search begins.” 

Listen to some of Jim's iconic calls... 

NFC Championship, Saints Tracey Porter intercepts Brett Favre:

1-24-2010 16 SAINTS INT Tracey Porter

NFC Championship, Saints Garret Hartley kicks the Saints into the Super Bowl:

1-24-2010 17 SAINTS FG Garret Hartley.mp3

Saints QB Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas' consecutive game with a TD record:

1rst qtr NO Brees record breaking to Henderson TD.mp3

Saints recover onside kick to start the second half of the Super Bowl:

2-7-10 4 Saints recover onside kick to start 3rd.mp3

Saints score TD in Super Bowl:

2-7-10 5 Saints Brees to P. Thomas 16yd TD.mp3

Saints Tracey Porter intercepts Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl:

2-7-10 9 Saints Porter INT 70yd TD.mp3

Saints QB Drew Brees breaks Dan Marino's passing record:

4th qtr SAINTS Darren Sproles TD (BREES surpasses Dan Marino's record).mp3

Saints Steve Gleason blocks Falcons punt in first game in the Super Dome after Hurricane Katrina:

Blocked punt in 06 opener.mp3

Saints recover muffed punt to win first ever playoff game in team history:

Hakim drops the ball!.mp3

Final call of the Saints Super Bowl victory:

Final Call in the Saints Super Bowl win.mp3

Final Call in the Saints Super Bowl win.mp3

Final Call in the Saints Super Bowl win.mp3

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