Detroit broadcast legend Frank Beckmann retires after nearly 50 years
DETROIT – Metro Detroit bid a fond farewell to one of its longtime radio friends Friday as Frank Beckmann retired after 48 years behind the microphone. Just shy of five decades, the one constant voice from the golden tower of the Fisher Building and WJR was that of Beckmann. He started out doing sports before he branched into talk radio. “I don’t even realize how much I’m going to miss it yet. Ad“I promise I’ve gotten more return for doing this job than I ever could have given and I’ve tried my hardest to give,” Beckmann said.
Detroit’s historic WGPR-TV station helped amplify Black voices for decades
DETROIT – For decades, WGPR-TV in Detroit provided a distinct perspective as the first Black-owned TV station in the country. It was a movement spearheaded by Karen Hudson Samuels, who worked as the station’s news director for years. He sold several properties to raise enough money, with which he launched the TV station in 1975. “My mom said to call the station and talk to Karen Hudson or Joe Spencer,” James Jackson said. WGPR aired its last TV show in 1995, offering a distinctly Black perspective for three decades.
Hockey broadcasting legend Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick is retiring, NBC announces
Mike “Doc” Emrick is calling it a career. NBC announced Monday that Emrick, 74, is retiring from broadcasting after a career that included his voice over more than 3,750 professional and Olympic hockey games. After 3,750+ Professional and Olympic hockey games, 100 different verbs used to describe a pass or shot, and 22 Stanley Cup Finals, the legendary Mike "Doc" Emrick has announced his retirement from broadcasting. From hockey fans around the world, we say #ThankYouDoc! His career took him to New Jersey, Philadelphia and all over the world for international hockey coverage.
97.1s Mike Stone talks about his friend and colleague Jamie Samuelsen
Jamie Samuelsen lost his 19-month battle with colon cancer Saturday and now a family is mourning a husband and a father. Mike Stone has hosted the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket with Samuelsen for four years. Jamie Samuelsen; impactful, funny kind and smart, Stone says of Samuelsens legacy. Jamie Samuelsen, the best damn friend you could ever have, a tremendous broadcaster on @971theticketxyt passed away tonight at 48. Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) August 1, 2020I am heartbroken by the passing of my great longtime friend and radio partner Jamie Samuelsen.
Detroit sports personality Jamie Samuelsen dies at 48
DETROIT Longtime Detroit sports writer and radio host Jamie Samuelsen died Saturday, The Ticket reported. Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports, Samuelsen said. Everything youre going to read and hear about Jamie Samuelsen is on the money - he was just the best - as a broadcaster, of course. Jamie Samuelsen, the best damn friend you could ever have, a tremendous broadcaster on @971theticketxyt passed away tonight at 48. Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) August 1, 2020I am heartbroken by the passing of my great longtime friend and radio partner Jamie Samuelsen.
Detroit sports personality Jamie Samuelsen says hes battling colon cancer
DETROIT Longtime Detroit sports writer and radio host Jamie Samuelsen revealed on Monday that hes been fighting colon cancer. Samuelsen announced the news on his radio show, the Jamie & Stoney Show, on 97.1 The Ticket. Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports, Samuelsen said. So I wanted to continue to have fun and not let cancer get in the way of doing what I loved. Samuelsen has been a Detroit sports media staple since 1994, when he first joined WDFN.
Television icon Regis Philbin dies at 88
Regis Philbin, the legendary broadcaster who hosted the talk show "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee!" and later "Live With Regis & Kelly!," has died at age 88. Philbin died of natural causes on Friday night according to a representative with the family. Philbin had hosted multiple television shows, including Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, Americas Got Talent and more.