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John Murphy will not return as Bills play-by-play announcer
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John Murphy will not return as Bills play-by-play announcer

Longtime Bills radio play-by-play announcer John Murphy will not return to the team’s broadcast booth.

Murphy suffered a stroke late in the 2022 season and remained out for the entire 2023 season as he went through rehabilitation in hopes of returning to the microphone. However, Murphy’s recovery is not going as hoped in terms of his ability to communicate, and he will not return to his job.

“I’ve lost a lot of weight, I’m working out every day,” Murphy said on WBEN. “I feel good. I just can’t talk, and that keeps me from being on the radio. I just can’t talk, and that wouldn’t be fair. Last year I thought I might come back, but that didn’t work, and this year I tried again it’s not going to happen. It’s slow progress, but it’s progress. Hopefully I can talk a little bit by September.”

“John’s love and enthusiasm for the Bills and Western New York has been evident in the booth for the past thirty-plus years. We will all miss his great calls and passion as a play-by-play announcer. We continue to wish him and his family the very best during his recovery and hope he can continue to be part of our organization in the future,” Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement.

Chris Brown has been filling in for Murphy since his stroke, but plans for the 2024 season have not yet been announced.