The 2017 Major League Baseball season marks Powell's 24th as a Major League broadcaster and his ninth year in the Atlanta Braves radio booth working alongside Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton.
He spent the previous 13 seasons as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team, teaming with another Hall of Famer, Bob Uecker, longer than any other broadcaster.
Powell joined the Brewers in 1996 and was named the 1998 Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year... In addition to his radio duties, he spent time as a member of the Brewers television team during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
He began his Major League broadcasting career with the Minnesota Twins in a reserve role in 1993 and 1994....Prior to this, he accumulated extensive experience at the minor-league level, serving as play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Knights (1990-91, 1995) and the Columbia Mets (1987-89, 1993-94).
Powell has also worked at the collegiate level, taking on play-by-play duties for the University of South Carolina baseball program in 1989 and 1994, as well as the University of Georgia baseball team in 1985 and 1986.
Before going into baseball full-time, Powell received national exposure through play-by-play for CBS Radio for several college football games, including the 1997 Sun Bowl... He also worked on Host Communications telecasts, calling University of South Carolina football action in 2000.
He served as the color analyst for the South Carolina football and basketball programs from 1993-95 and hosted the coaches' shows for those two sports on television... He also did play-by-play for Davidson College basketball in 1990.
Powell started his broadcasting career with an internship in the newsroom and sports office at WGST-AM while he was in high school. He then worked at WRFC in Athens while attending the University of Georgia, followed by positions in Columbia, South Carolina, with WOLO-TV and then WVOC radio.
In 1991, Powell was hired by WSB-AM to work weekends, where he covered the Braves, Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons for two years.
Both he and his wife Emmy are active members of their community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Prevention Fund for several years...He spends his winters coaching youth basketball and is also an avid tennis player.
A native of Roswell, Ga., Powell attended the University of Georgia as a National Merit Scholar.
Jim and Emmy, also a Georgia native, have three daughters, Allie, who attends the University of Georgia, Sabrina and Julia.