ANN ARBOR – The new radio voice of Michigan football could be revealed as early as this week, according to the Detroit News.
I’m not one for recycling another person’s reporting, but I thought this news was too good to pass up.
The former Michigan play-by-play radio announcer, Frank Beckmann, retired after last season, and Michigan and business partner IMG have been actively seeking for his replacement.
The Detroit News also cites Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon in its report who said the next radio voice will have ties to the Wolverines in some way.
Brandon … said it was important to have radio announcers with some connection to U-M.
“Our input was we believe strongly that the people who are the voices of Michigan football should have a connection with our university and a sense for the tradition that makes Michigan football special,” Brandon said.
A long list of replacement names come to mind, but there’s two in particular that stick out to me: Matt Shepard and Marcus Ray.
Shepard has worn many hats in the greater Detroit area when it comes to sportscasting. His resume in lengthy, and he already has experience as the current Eastern Michigan football and Michigan basketball play-by-play announcer. Right there, there’s your tie to the school.
As the radio voice of EMU football, Shepard, alongside former NFL player Rob Rubick, has made listening to Eagles games interesting for quite some time. The fact that he already calls the Michigan basketball games is just a bonus.
Shepard also recently called the Michigan spring game for the Big Ten Network. He is quite familiar with the team and its personnel.
Ray is a former player on the 1997 National Championship team at Michigan. He has experience as a BTN studio analyst and also helped current radio voice Jim Brandstatter call the Michigan spring game for radio this spring.
Whoever gets the nod for the position will cherish it, however. It’s a quite prestigious gig, one Beckmann held for 32 years.
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