By Ashley Dunkak
FORD FIELD (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan fans will not have to wait too much longer to find out who will replace football play-by-play announcer Frank Beckmann. While athletic director Dave Brandon declined to give any specifics, he said the announcement of Beckmann’s successor will be coming soon.
“We hope to have something announced in a matter of a few days,” Brandon said at WWJ News Radio’s Business of Sports panel on Wednesday.
Brandon told MLive that the new radio play-by-play man will have some kind of connection to the university and will be a name fans will recognize. The official announcement, however, will come not from the university but rather from IMG, the management company in charge of all Michigan’s sports broadcasts.
“It’s IMG’s situation to announce,” Brandon said. “(But) our input was that we believe strongly that the voices of Michigan football should have a connection with our university and a sense of the tradition that makes Michigan football special.
“We were not particularly interested in someone parachuting in from the outside and kind of learning the words to ‘The Victors,'” Brandon added. “We felt it was important to have people in the booth who really understand what Michigan football’s all about.”
Beckmann had been the voice of Michigan football since 1981.