Football PA Announcer Sidelined Until Big Ten Season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Friday, Sept. 2) that longtime Michigan Stadium public address announcer Howard King will be sidelined for the first three non-conference games following surgery last week. King has been the official PA announcer for U-M football for the past 33 years (begins 34th in 2005).

"We hope for a full and speedy recovery by Howard and look forward to his return in a few weeks," said director of athletics Bill Martin.

King is recovering from surgery and plans to return to the PA booth for the Big Ten Conference home opener against Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.

Carl Grapentine, the Michigan Marching Band announcer, will fill in for King on a temporary basis. Grapentine is celebrating his 36th season of service to the Marching Band in 2005. A resident of Oak Park, Ill., he is the morning host of WFMT radio in Chicago, the country's leading classical music station.

The fourth-ranked Wolverines open the 2005 season Saturday (Sept. 3), hosting Northern Illinois in a 3:30 p.m. game that will be televised regionally by ABC Sports.

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