Side-by-side once again.
Michigan football teammates back in 1969 and 1970, Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf will team up once again this time in the radio booth to call Michigan football games beginning this fall, the Michigan athletic department and IMG College announced Thursday.
Spending the last 34 years handling color commentary for the Wolverines’ broadcasts, Brandstatter will take over play-by-play duties in place of longtime partner Frank Beckmann who retired following the 2013 season.
“I’m really excited about the challenge of moving to play by play,” said Brandstatter in a statement. “I have huge shoes to fill, but, I have learned so much from the great ones I’ve worked with and I can’t wait to get started. And, it’s Michigan football….it doesn’t get any better than that!”
For Dierdorf, a college and NFL hall of famer as a player as well as broadcaster at the professional level, his retirement from CBS this off-season quickly comes to an end. Dierdorf has spent the past three decades doing color commentary for NFL games for both ABC and CBS, including a stint with Monday Night Football from 1987-1999.
“I’m so excited to be able to come back to my alma mater and contribute in this manner,” said Dierdorf in a statement. “This is the only broadcasting job that I would have considered after retiring from the network television. It’s a chance to return to the city where Bump gave me an opportunity to play for the greatest program in the world and Bo made me a man.
“I was always jealous of Jim calling games at Michigan and often said that one of my goals was to come back and call a couple of series with him,” added Dierdorf. “To work with one of my best friends, someone that I’ve known my entire adult life is really special, and I’m looking forward to getting in the booth with Jim this fall.”
Brandstatter also offered his support, welcoming Dierdorf to the booth, a player he actually backed up at strong tackle in their two seasons together in Ann Arbor.
“Dan knows the game inside and out and is an outstanding broadcaster,” Brandstatter said. “First and foremost, he loves Michigan Football, but he’s also a good friend, a teammate, an NFL Hall of Famer, and we have fun when we’re together. I just hope the listeners have as good a time as we expect to have broadcasting Michigan victories this Fall.”
Michigan coach Brady Hoke certainly is hoping for more wins this fall, now heading into his fourth season as the man in charge of the Wolverines.
“Jim and Dan are hall of fame broadcasters and great Michigan men,” Hoke said. “They will provide a unique perspective to the broadcasting booth that I’m sure our fans will enjoy on football Saturdays, and you can guarantee they will have a keen analysis of Michigan Football on each broadcast.”
Brandstatter and Dierdorf will call their first game together on Saturday, Aug. 30 as Michigan hosts Appalachian State on the Michigan IMG Radio Network.
“We are more than excited to have two great Michigan men who are great broadcasters teaming up to paint the picture for the fans listening each week to the Michigan IMG sports network,” said Chris Ferris, VP of Broadcasting for IMG College.