After a radio career spanning almost five decades, Detroit radio veteran Frank Beckmann has announced his retirement.
Beckmann has served as a mid-morning host at News Talk 760 WJR, hosting “The Frank Beckmann Show” from 9 a.m.-noon the last 18 years. His last show will air on Friday, March 26, 2021.
“I will be forever grateful to WJR for helping all of my boyhood dreams to come true,” Beckmann said in a statement. “As a youngster growing up on the east side of Detroit, I always imagined sitting behind a microphone, announcing Lions and Tigers games. It was surreal for me to actually have been able to do that, along with experiencing the other great opportunities this radio giant known as WJR provided me. 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 joined WJR in 1972. He became the station’s lead play-by-play announcer in 1981 and stayed in that role until 2014. That same year, he received the Chris Schenkel Award by the National Football Foundation, making Beckmann a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Beckmann has also been actively engaged in community fundraising efforts throughout his tenure. He’s helped raise millions of dollars for The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund; Dutton Farm, which serves those with Down Syndrome; the Autism Alliance of Michigan; and numerous other nonprofit organizations. Beckmann is also a longtime major supporter of the March of Dimes, and has hosted an annual golf tournament fundraiser for the charity for 37 years.
“Frank’s career over the past 48 years has made him one of the most elite members of the media, and deservedly so,” said Steve Finateri, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Detroit. “Most importantly, Frank Beckmann is one of the kindest, most honorable and passionate individuals to those who know him. He will be sorely missed, but we wish him all the best as he enjoys his next chapter as full-time family member and avid golfer!”
Minnesota Talk Station Without Program Director
The station has recently undergone some changes with the news that morning-drive personality Dave Lee will retire in April.
Minnesota’s News Talk 830 WCCO is without a program director following the sudden departure of John Hanson last week, according to an internal memo.
“Reaching out this afternoon to notify the staff that John Hanson is no longer with the company, effective today,” said Shannon Knoepke, the senior vice president, and Twin Cities market manager for Entercom, which owns the station.
Hanson, who grew up in the Twin Cities, helped launch KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live in 2008. Five years later, he left the show to program a sports radio station in Kansas City.
Hanson returned to Minnesota in 2018 to accept a programming job at WCCO. The station has recently undergone some changes with the news that morning-drive personality Dave Lee will retire in April.
Morano Pays Tribute to Larry King
“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general.”
Broadcasting legend and interviewer extraordinaire Larry King passed away Saturday, January 23rd at the age of 87. An emotional Frank Morano, host of The Other Side of Midnight on WABC, paid tribute to King during his opening monologue on Monday, saying King’s death “Marks the end of an era in broadcasting”.
Morano began his tribute by discussing King’s impact on the world of broadcasting.
“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general. Watching his work, sometimes he would make you laugh, sometimes he would make you cry, sometimes he would surprise you and then sometimes he would make you scratch your head. But that was Larry. Because of that, it is a struggle to find what made Larry King so great. I have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t one thing, but a combination of many, many things.”
Morano adds that King had many similarities with another television icon, Alex Trebek.
“There are a lot of people in television or radio that can find success for a moment,” Morano said. “But to have longevity and be on the air for literal decades, you have to be relatable to audiences. You have to be ‘just a regular guy from the neighborhood’. You have to be curious and you have to be humble. Both Larry and Alex had those qualities and that’s why people loved them.”
While Morano does compare King to Trebek, he said it was King’s differences from other broadcasters that set him apart.
“Let’s be honest. Larry King was no Ken Doll,” he said. “He would wear those suspenders that nobody else would think about wearing. He didn’t look like the picture of somebody you thought was supposed to be on TV. He did not ask the same erudite questions that everyone else was asking. No, Larry King was different and that’s what made him so special.”
Morano closes his monologue by crediting King with shaping the modern news format, saying that his death leaves a void in the world of broadcasting,
“I didn’t know Larry personally aside from meeting him a couple of times for about ten seconds, but I feel like I lost a friend,” Morano said. “He was one of the people that helped define and create modern day cable news and call-in radio formats. That era has closed with his passing. That is really sad.”
Later in his program, Morano interviewed King’s producer Tammy Haddad. Morano also invited listeners to call in and share their memories of King throughout the program. In addition, Morano played some rare clips of King from his career, but stopped short of devoting the entire four hour show to him because, “I don’t think Larry would have wanted it that way”.
Amy Anderson Makes Jump from TV to Talk Radio
Anderson will be paired with Will Sterrett who was hired in 2019 after spending years as an afternoon news anchor.
Former television news anchor Amy Anderson has been hired to co-host Kansas City’s Morning News on Entercom’s KMBZ Radio. Anderson will be paired with Will Sterrett who was hired in 2019 after spending years as an afternoon news anchor.
“Amy is a familiar face and is well-known in her hometown of Kansas City, spending nearly 18 years working as a television news anchor and reporter for KCTV-5,” Entercom said in a statement.
Before working in Kansas City, Anderson worked in Joplin, MO, and Orlando, FL.
“Amy brings strong news ‘chops’ and news sense to the KMBZ newsroom, and will form a power team with Will Sterrett, building on KMBZ’s tradition of delivering credible, factual news to listeners in Kansas City and beyond,” a station website post read.
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