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13/1/2021 - WJR-AM talk host Frank Beckmann retiring in March
Frank Beckmann, who spent nearly 50 years with Detroit's WJR-AM radio station, told listeners Wednesday morning that he's retiring next month.
The on-air veteran has filled many jobs, from news reporter to University of Michigan football play-by-play broadcaster to mid-morning talk host.
Beckmann's morning show, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, maxisys elite
. is known for being a forum for conservative talk. It has been praised by President Donald Trump. During a live interview in November on election day, Trump told Beckmann, "Your show is great."
On Wednesday during his show, callers expressed their sadness on the air for the loss of his voice on a station that also runs syndicated right-wing programs by Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Ben Shapiro.
During an interview before the November 2020 election, President Donald Trump told Beckmann, "Your show is great."
Beckman has spent 48 years with WJR and did 33 seasons on the air with University of Michigan football and has earned numerous honors for his work in sports and news talk, including induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
According to his WJR biography, he has been noted for being the only person to broadcast games for all four of Detroit's professional sports teams.
Beckman also has been involved in community organization and charities, including his annual hosting of a March of Dimes golf event.
He left the University of Michigan football booth in 2013. It was the same year that he stirred controversy for his Detroit News column on golfer Sergio Garcia's racist joke about inviting Tiger Woods to a dinner of fried chicken.
Beckmann described the protest over Garcia's remark as coming from "politically correct elites" and defended Garcia's comment as not being malicious. Beckmann apologized shortly afterward for the column, saying in print that it was "off base."
In 2014, Beckmann was given the Chris Schenkel Award by the National Football Foundation (named for the legendary ABC sports broadcaster), which made him a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
In WJR's official announcement of Beckmann's retirement, Cumulus Detroit vice president and marketing manager Steve Finateri said, "Frank's career over the past 48 years has made him one of the most elite members of the media, and deservedly so."
The same announcement quoted Beckmann as saying, "I will be forever grateful to WJR for helping all of my boyhood dreams to come true ... 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 told one caller that he'll still be doing some things on the air. WJR-AM hasn't said who'll be replacing him in the mid-morning slot.
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