The University of Michigan Athletic Department and The Michigan IMG Sports Network has announced that WXYZ-TV (Detroit) sports anchor Brad Galli will host the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show, held Mondays throughout the football season.
“Bringing fans closer to the Michigan football program and providing unique access every week will be a lot of fun,” said Galli. “I have a lot of enthusiasm about hosting the show — and I think I’m smart enough to know I don’t have to do much talking with Coach Harbaugh on the microphone next to me.”
The past two seasons, Galli has interviewed J. Ira, the Nicki Harris Family and Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh on Mondays as part of WXYZ-TV’s Sunday broadcast of the Inside Michigan Football TV show.
A Detroit native who grew up in Troy, Galli anchors sports on WXYZ’s 7 Action News. He earned an Emmy in 2016 for Excellence in Sports Anchoring in the state of Michigan after winning his first Emmy in 2014 for Excellence in Sports Reporting. Galli also received a Merit Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Best Sportscast in 2014. He began working at WXYZ-TV in 2011 after graduating from Marquette University.
Jim Brandstatter, the host since the inception of the weekly radio show, has decided to step away from the Monday night show. Brandstatter will continue to handle play-by-play duties for the IMG/Michigan Sports Network and host the Inside Michigan Football TV show as well as provide color commentary on the Detroit Lions radio broadcast.
“The decision to step away from the Monday night Inside Michigan Football radio show with Jim Harbaugh was mine,” said Brandstatter. “I made the decision based on the increased responsibility of the Michigan football play-by-play position and the travel involved in my fall weekends broadcasting both the Wolverines and Detroit Lions NFL games.
“I had a blast doing the show and thank IMG for the opportunity, and especially Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan media staff over the past couple of years,” added Brandstatter. “I have loved working with producer Kathleen Stevens and engineer Tony Butler and the wonderful staff and Michigan fans at the Pizza House. Going forward, I wish for continued and increased success (with new host Brad Galli) of this popular radio program.”
IMG is the multimedia rights partner of University of Michigan Athletics.