(WXYZ) — Detroit radio legend Frank Beckmann announced he is retiring after nearly half a century at News Talk 760 WJR. His last day will be Friday, March 26.
Beckmann announced his retirement on Wednesday morning. He has hosted "The Frank Beckmann Show" on WJR from 9 a.m. to noon for the last 18 years.
He first joined WJR in 1972 and he took over as the play-by-play announcer for Michigan Football in 1981 succeeding Bob Ufer. He was the announcer for 33 seasons before leaving after the 2013 season.
He was inducted in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
“I will be forever grateful to WJR for helping all of my boyhood dreams to come true. As a youngster growing up on the east side of Detroit, I always imagined sitting behind a microphone, announcing Lions and Tigers games. It was surreal for me to actually have been able to do that, along with experiencing the other great opportunities this radio giant known as WJR provided me. I only hope I’ve met some of the expectations of me, and I thank every person I’ve worked for, or with, at WJR," Beckmann said in a release.