John Murphy, the longtime “voice of the Bills,” is stepping away from play-by-play duties by playing on the radio

John Murphy, the longtime “Voice of the Buffalo Bills” performer, has announced that he will step down from his position before the 2024 season.

Murphy has spent the last 35 years in Bills radio broadcasts, including 16 years as a color analyst (1984-1989 and 1994-2003) and the last 19 years as a play-by-play announcer (2004-2022). The Lockport, NY native still leaves the door open to participate in game day broadcasts in a different capacity.

“John’s love and enthusiasm for the Bills and Western New York has been evident over the past 30 years in the booth. We will all miss his great calls and passion as a play-by-play broadcaster. We continue to wish him and his family the very best during the season,” Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “His recovery and we hope he will remain a part of our organization in the future.”

In an interview with WBEN’s Susan Rose, Murphy shared that he is ready to move on to a new chapter of his life.

“I’m going to miss her so much.” Murphy said. “I will miss the people more than anything.”

Murphy also shared that he and his wife, Mary, have agreed that this is the right time for him to step down and that he feels at peace with the decision.

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