April 17, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department and IMG College, the university's multimedia rights partner, announced today (Thursday, April 17) that college and NFL Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf will be joining Jim Brandstatter in the radio booth for Wolverines football broadcasts on the Michigan IMG Radio Network beginning this fall.
Brandstatter, who has served as the team's color commentator on the flagship radio broadcast for the past 34 years, will handle play-by-play duties, and Dierdorf will provide color commentary for the flagship broadcast of Michigan football, heard on WWJ-AM (950) in Detroit.
"Jim and Dan are hall of fame broadcasters and great Michigan men," said Brady Hoke, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. "They will provide a unique perspective to the broadcasting booth that I'm sure our fans will enjoy on football Saturdays, and you can guarantee they will have a keen analysis of Michigan Football on each broadcast."
"I'm so excited to be able to come back to my alma mater and contribute in this manner," said Dierdorf. "This is the only broadcasting job that I would have considered after retiring from network television. It's a chance to return to the city where Bump (Elliott) gave me an opportunity to play for the greatest program in the world and Bo (Schembechler) made me a man.
"I was always jealous of Jim calling games at Michigan and often said that one of my goals was to come back and call a couple of series with him," added Dierdorf. "To work with one of my best friends, someone that I've known my entire adult life, is really special, and I'm looking forward to getting in the booth with Jim this fall."
"I'm really excited about the challenge of moving to play-by-play," said Brandstatter. "I have huge shoes to fill, but I have learned so much from the great ones I've worked with and I can't wait to get started. And, it's Michigan Football ... .it doesn't get any better than that!
"Dan knows the game inside and out and is an outstanding broadcaster," added Brandstatter. "First and foremost, he loves Michigan Football, but he's also a good friend, a teammate, an NFL Hall of Famer, and we have fun when we're together. I just hope the listeners have as good a time as we expect to have broadcasting Michigan victories this fall."
"We are more than excited to have two great Michigan men who are great broadcasters teaming up to paint the picture for the fans listening each week to the Michigan IMG sports network," said Chris Ferris, VP of broadcasting for IMG College.
Brandstatter and Dierdorf were teammates at Michigan during the 1969 and 1970 seasons, with Brandstatter being Dierdorf's backup for those two seasons at the strong tackle position. Brandstatter joined Dierdorf (2001) as a member of the state of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame this winter (2014).
Following are biographical sketches on Dierdorf and Brandstatter:
Dan Dierdorf joins the Michigan football radio broadcast after spending the past three decades in the television booth calling NFL games for ABC and CBS. He was a member of ABC's Monday Night Football crew from 1987-99 before moving to CBS until his retirement from television following this past NFL season.
Dierdorf got his first taste of radio during the final years of his playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was on an afternoon talk show at KMOX Radio in St. Louis. After retiring as a player, Dierdorf joined the broadcast booth as the color announcer on Cardinals and Missouri Tigers game in 1984 before joining CBS for his first stint with the network (1985-86).
Regarded as one of the finest offensive tackles to ever play the game, Dierdorf was a consensus All-American for the Wolverines in 1970 and earned All-Big Ten accolades in 1969 and 1970. He helped lead the Wolverines to a 25-6 record during his three years as a starter and was a member of Bo Schembechler's 1969 team that won the Big Ten championship. Dierdorf was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Dierdorf was a second-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1971 NFL Draft. He played his entire 13-year career with the Cardinals (1971-83) and anchored a line that led the NFL in fewest sacks allowed three straight seasons. Dierdorf was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and was named NFL All-Pro five times. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in his hometown of Canton, Ohio, in 1996. In 2008, Dierdorf was the recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award for his work in radio and television.
Dierdorf and his wife, Debbie, have four children.
Jim Brandstatter is in his 35th season affiliated with the University of Michigan football radio broadcast. He takes over the play-by-play duties after working as the team's color commentator on the flagship radio broadcast for the past 34 years. Brandstatter also serves as the host of the Michigan football coach's television show, a role that he has held since 1980.
Brandstatter first covered U-M on the radio during the 1979 season and has brought Michigan football into the homes of Wolverine fans ever since. He has garnered the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award twice (2004 and 2008).
Outside of game day broadcasts, Brandstatter served as co-host on Michigan Replay with former coaches Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez and continues these duties on Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke. In the professional ranks, Brandstatter joined the Detroit Lions radio broadcast in 1987, where he currently contributes as a color analyst.
Brandstatter, a 1972 University of Michigan graduate, was a three-year letterman at offensive tackle for the Wolverines (1969-71). During his time at U-M, he was named to the 1971 All-Big Ten second team and helped Michigan capture two Big Ten championships and two Rose Bowl berths.
Brandstatter and his wife, Robbie Timmons, reside in Commerce Township. Timmons was a news anchor for WXYZ-TV in Detroit.
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