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WJR Radio’s Frank Beckmann reflects on his 30+ years broadcasting University of Michigan football games. He says he isn’t concerned about college football’s future.

“This is a sport that builds character, personal responsibility and team work in young men, and these are all skills that will be valuable in the real world,” Beckmann says. And he adds that the playoff system is the biggest change he’s seen in the game.

“The game itself still comes down to blocking and tackling. You can have all the spread offenses you want and throw the ball all around the field, you still have to block and tackle. If you don’t do that, you can’t play football and that’s never going to change.”

Beckmann is looking forward to the Dantonio/Harbaugh rivalry starting up this fall. He feels that Harbaugh will return U of M to football prominence but wonders how long he’ll stay in Ann Arbor because “his track record has been four years and out” at his previous coaching stops.

Mark Dantonio has done a super job at MSU; you can’t do anything but tip your hat to him. He’s put Michigan State into the upper echelon of college football.”

Frank broadcasts to “the best informed audience in all of radio” from 9 to noon weekday mornings on WJR.

“We cover a wide variety of topics. You can’t be afraid to speak your mind and ask tough questions.”

Beckmann is bullish on terrestrial radio’s future in the midst of a lot more choices from which citizens can get their information – “there’s room for everybody”, and he advises young people who want to get into radio and communications to “follow your dreams. The only way you fail is by not pursuing your dreams.”

Frank feels the state of Michigan is “in a good spot right now, and the city of Detroit has a chance to be one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of the country.”

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