Michigan radio broadcast team to retire at the end of 2021 season
Both members of the Michigan radio broadcast team are going to retire at the end of the 2021 season, they announced on Saturday morning.
Play-by-play man Jim Brandstatter, 72, and color commentator Dan Dierdorf, 73, will both retire at the end of the year. The duo has spent the last eight years together working in Michigan’s broadcast booth.
“Neither of us wants to make this about us,” Brandsatter told The Detroit News on Saturday. “It’s about Michigan football. We had a great run. I have had the best run of all. It’s been a dream job. Now, it’s time to move on and get somebody else in there.
“I thank the gods of broadcasting that brought Dierdorf to work the final eight years. It isn’t often when you get an opportunity to go out on your own in this business and do it in the best scenario possible, and that’s exactly what I got.”
The pair said they started mulling retirement back in January, according to the Detroit News’ report.
Michigan opens its 2021 season on Saturday against Western Michigan. The Wolverines are hoping to rebound from a 2-4 campaign in 2020.