Beckmann was the radio play-by-play announcer for University of Michigan football from 1981 (when he succeeded Bob Ufer in the role) to 2013, and has hosted a daily weekday talk show on WJR-AM in Detroit since 2004. Beckmann, who began his sportscasting career in 1969, was also an announcer for the Detroit Lions (1979-1988) and Detroit Tigers (1995-2003) and served as WJR's sports director for several years. He also hosted Sportswrap, one of the first all-sports talk shows in the nation, on WJR in the early 1980s.
He has been honored with “Top Michigan Sportscaster” awards by the Associated Press and United Press International and “Michigan Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for his accomplishments in sports broadcasting.
In 2011, Beckmann considered a campaign for the United States Senate seat occupied by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, but said that the need to register as a Republican and quit his broadcasting positions made him decide against a candidacy. He is generally supportive of conservative and free market views, and lists himself as a supporting member of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.