Frank Beckmann, voice of Michigan football, retiring after this year

Beckmann has been calling play-by-play for Wolverines since 1981

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Legendary voice of Michigan football, Frank Beckmann, is calling it a career after the 2013 college football season.

Beckmann, a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, has been calling play-by-play for the Wolverines since 1981. He is only the second person to handle play-by-play duties for the flagship network broadcast of Michigan football in the past 65 years.

"We appreciate all that Frank has done for Michigan football for the past 33 years," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics at U-M. "Frank has dedicated his Saturday afternoons to telling the story of Michigan football through the radio to our fans. His voice has become synonymous with some of the great calls in the history of our football program. We look forward to enjoying one more season of Frank being the voice of Michigan football before he begins his well-deserved retirement. We thank Frank for all the years of talent, travel and support of Michigan Athletics. We look forward to celebrating his contribution to our football program as the 2013 season unfolds."

A Michigan native, Beckmann took his first radio job in 1969 at an AM station in Alpena, working as a one-man news staff. Six months later he landed at WPON-AM in Pontiac, where he did play-by-play for the Midwest Football League's Pontiac Arrows.

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