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Most little boys dream of playing professional sports; Frank Beckmann grew up wanting to broadcast them. As a teenager, his family moved so he could attend Cousino High School in Warren, which had its own 10-watt radio station. That station was soon carrying Beckmann's first play-by-play broadcasts.
In 1969 Beckmann took his first radio job at an AM station in Alpena, working as a one-man news staff. Six months later he took a job at WPON-AM in Pontiac, where he did play-by-play for the Midwest Football League's Pontiac Arrows.
After stints at WKNR-AM in Dearborn, WDRQ-FM and Channel 2, Beckmann joined the WJR news staff in 1972. As news reporter he specialized in the kind of hard-hitting reporting that won him numerous awards, including the National Headliner. He also received a citation for "Best Coverage of a Single News Event" ... the Hoffa Disappearance.
Three years after joining the news team Beckmann switched to the WJR sports staff. He eventually became sports director, lead announcer for the Detroit Lions and, in 1981, succeeded Bob Ufer as the play-by-play announcer for University of Michigan football. Here, too, he has won numerous awards. The Associated Press and United Press International have named him "Top Michigan Sportscaster", and the National Association of Sportscasters voted him "Michigan's Sportscaster of the Year".
In February of 2004, Beckmann launched his own weekday talk show on WJR. Beckmann continues his role as the play-by-play voice of University of Michigan Football.
Beckmann and his wife, Karen, have two children: Jon and Tori.