Legendary voice of the Saints Jim Henderson joins Fox 8 sports

Fox 8 is proud to announce the legendary "voice of the Saints", Jim Henderson, is the newest member of our sports team providing the station with his unique and in-depth analysis of the Saints.

Henderson's duties will include providing his popular commentaries every week during the Saints season. You will also be able to get Jim's thoughts on our Fox 8 morning show the day after every Saints game as well as a weekly web chat, a preview of each Saints game and he'll be a regular guest on our Fox 8 Live Tailgate shows and Final Play on Sunday nights. Henderson is very happy in semi-retirement so you won't see him on the anchor desk.

Jim becomes the third member of the Fox 8 sports team with network experience and says he's thrilled to join Fred Hickman, Jennifer Hale and Sean Fazende to provide sports fans with the best local sports coverage imaginable.

"I'm excited about the new challenge," said Henderson. "I'm just going to be a part of the veteran bench strength that Fox 8 already has in place and I'm just happy to be joining Fred, Jen and Sean. I leave a lot of good friends behind but I get reunited with a lot of good friends as well. There are an awful lot of people at Channel 8 that I know and have respected and known for a number of years."

Fox 8 President and General Manager Joe Cook is honored to have Henderson join his decorated sports staff.

"Over the past year, Fox 8 has built the best TV sports department in the region, on the air and behind the scenes," said Cook. "Our promos have said this, and our promos are true. Now Jim Henderson joins our team and brings his legendary talent to add the exclamation point. Pigs are flying, so Fox 8 is aiming higher. Hell has frozen over, so we're going ice skating! Jim is a perfect fit on the Fox 8 sports team. "

News Director Mikel Schaefer has a long history with Henderson having worked with the veteran sportscaster for nearly 25 years, 12 of those as one of Jim's producers.

"I couldn't be more proud or humbled to have Jim join our sports team," said Schaefer. "It's an honor to have someone as credible, talented and beloved as Jim on Fox 8. Who doesn't want to know what the voice of the Saints thinks about the team after a game. His weekly commentaries are legendary and fans will continue to get them on Fox 8."

Henderson role as the Saints play by play announcer with WWL-AM will be unchanged and as far as working for Tom Benson's television station, Jim says that's not a problem for him.

"If people say can you still be objective? Well in my role as Saints play by play man, he (Tom Benson), has to pass judgment on me every single year as to whether I would be retained or not. He had the right of refusal on the Saints broadcast team. Not only did he allow me to stay on since 1986 but I never got one word of advice, one word of a threat or any heavy handiness in any way and there were times he certainly could have."

Since he arrived in New Orleans in 1978, Jim established himself as the preeminent sports voice in the Gulf South. But while Henderson's love affair with New Orleans sports fans began more than three decades ago, it was an inauspicious start. When Henderson was set to replace then sports legend "Hap" Glaudi, sports fans picketed outside of the station. But it didn't take long for Henderson to win over his detractors. With a smooth as silk broadcasting style, uncharacteristic wit and an unmatched ability to craft sports prose, Jim became a local legend.

Never has his talent been more on display than his three decades calling Saints games on the radio. He's given sports fans a great reason to "turn up the sound on your radio." Henderson's radio calls are synonymous with Saints football and with the exception of a year calling NFL network games, his trusted perspective has been a part of Saints football for three decades.

Henderson's ability to describe the action is unparalleled and like every great announcer he has left Saints fans with some of the most memorable lines ever. His most famous coming when the Saints clinched a Super Bowl berth after winning the NFC Championship game in 2009, "Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!" Or when the Saints won its first Super Bowl, "Get ready to party with the Lombardi New Orleans! The miracle in Miami has happened! The Saints have won the Super Bowl!"

Jim's resume is as decorated as any sportscaster in the country and he's covered it all from the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball to The Masters. Jim's also one of the most honored sportscasters as well having won 13 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Sportscaster of the Year Awards. In 2011 The Press Club of New Orleans bestowed Jim with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can see Jim's interview with Lee Zurik about joining the Fox 8 sports team and his thoughts on the 2012 Saints team.