Legendary Detroit broadcaster Frank Beckmann died Saturday in a hospice following a battle with vascular dementia, he was 72.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the former WJR Radio host had been sick for nearly a year since his retirement from the station.
Beckmann began his career at WJR in 1973, starting as a sports talk show host. He would later go on to do play-by-play for the University of Michigan Football, the Detroit Lions, and the Detroit Tigers.
Beckmann was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He would later evolve into a conservative talk show host.
“He knew how to press the professionals, so they didn’t disassemble or reflect,” WJR host Guy Gordon told the paper. “He would nurse the novices through their nervousness.”
Never one to shy away from a good debate on the air, Beckmann famously took on fellow WJR host Mitch Albom for 30 minutes over Albom’s support for Michigan’s film tax credits.
Gordon referred to Beckmann as the “the Swiss Army knife of broadcasters.”
“With the equanimity to moderate a panel discussion, the focus, and spontaneity to handle play-by-play, and the sharpened instincts of a reporter,” he added.
Beckmann is survived by Karen, son Jonathan of Rochester Hills, daughter Tori (Andrew) Kughn of Clarkston, and grandchildren Pierson, Brooks, and Sawyer Kughn.
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Ron Roberts Joining AmericaOne Radio
“The talk radio format is saturated with conservative voices, with the industry having little to no room for a reasoned response from a liberal/progressive perspective,” says Roberts.
Ron Roberts is joining AmericaOne Radio in Atlanta.
The Ron Show will air weeknights at 5:00 PM on the city’s progressive outlet. Roberts says he’s happy to offer a counter to the conservative domination of talk radio.
“The talk radio format is saturated with conservative voices, with the industry having little to no room for a reasoned response from a liberal/progressive perspective,” says Roberts. “My aim is to bring some balance to the dialogue by adding my voice to the fray. I’m a lifelong southern liberal, and know, from my travels throughout the southeast, that there are a lot more of us out there being drowned out by all the shouting from the other side. My goal is to provide a platform for them, and to rationally spell out how our nation’s problems are solvable with substantive ideas and conversation, instead of demonization and division. Make no mistake, though; I’m not holding back punches and I’ll call out bullshit when I see it, too. The future of this country, democracy in general, and the world on the whole, are all on the line.”
Roberts, a 25-year radio veteran, will make his first entry into talk when his show premieres today.
Launched in 2020, AmericaOne in Atlanta airs several left-leaning shows. The station bills itself as bringing “a Progressive voice to the overly crowded radio landscape.
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Mike Gallagher Raising Funds For Hurricane Ian Relief
“This is what radio does best: opening the hearts and wallets of listeners to help fellow Americans they will likely never meet,” Gallagher said.
Mike Gallagher spent his Monday radio show broadcasting from various locations around southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian ravaged areas of the region last week.
Gallagher has partnered with Food For The Poor, a non-profit relief organization, to bring flood relief and hurricane emergency kits to areas affected by the Category 4 storm.
“This is what radio does best: opening the hearts and wallets of listeners to help fellow Americans they will likely never meet,” Gallagher said. He spent a portion of his show broadcasting from a car dealership in Venice, Florida, which saw several automobiles damaged by falling trees, power lines, and debris.
A Tampa resident, Gallagher was forced to relocate his show to New York last week to remain on the air as Hurricane Ian barreled down on the Florida coast.
Chris Stigall Inks Extension With AM 990 The Answer
He continued by saying he is “so grateful, and blessed, and humbled to be able to continue to do this and call this my job and talk to you every day.
AM 990 The Answer morning host Chris Stigall has signed a multi-year extension with the Salem Media Group-owned station.
“I will be staying put with Philadelphia’s AM 990 The Answer, every morning in Philadelphia, for the next three years,” Stigall said on his podcast.
He continued by saying he is “so grateful, and blessed, and humbled to be able to continue to do this and call this my job and talk to you every day. It is never lost on my what a privilege it is that God has blessed me with the ability to do this for a job.”
Stigall also announced a one-year extension for his show on KCMO in Kansas City to continue.
“Since the day Chris began with Philadelphia’s AM 990 The Answer, he has engaged Philadelphians in intelligent and relevant conversation that has served to entertain and stimulate much thought in the minds of our audience,” Salem Philadelphia General Manager Lorenzo Caldara said. “He has secured such an attentive audience that can’t wait to listen and call in to him everyday Monday through Friday.”