The 2021 season marks Powell's 28th as a Major League broadcaster and his 13th year in the Atlanta Braves radio booth.
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.
In January of 2020, Powell was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
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 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, supporting numerous charities such as the Rally Foundation, the Child Abuse Prevention Fund, Jungle Kids for Christ, the Dunamis Foundation, Camp Kudzu, UGA Miracle, Make a Miracle and local youth athletic programs. 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, Sabrina and Julia.