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Matt Shepard had hopes of staying on the call for Michigan men's basketball on the radio, even after becoming the lead television voice of the Detroit Tigers.

But given the likelihood of conflicts, particularly early in the baseball season which runs parallel to the NCAA Tournament, Michigan has decided to go with one constant voice.

Brian Boesch, who had been hosting halftime and postgame shows on the basketball broadcasts, will be the play-by-play man on the radio starting this season.

Boesch will work alongside longtime analyst Terry Mills.

Boesch filled in on the broadcast late last season, and in the NCAA Tournament, after Shepard replaced Mario Impemba on the Tigers broadcasts.

"I know Matt really wanted to keep doing it, and if it was feasible, I think (they) would've," Boesch told The News on Wednesday. "I'm indebted to Matt. He was willing to get me involved on the broadcast doing when he was doing play-by-play at a level that just doesn't happen a whole lot in this business. He had a trust in me, and I'm grateful for that."

Michigan basketball is broadcast locally on WWJ 950-AM.

Boesch, who turns 30 in November, has a lengthy broadcasting resume, including time as the play-by-play voice of the Winston-Salem Dash, a Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. During his time in Winston-Salem, N.C., Boesch twice was named the Carolina League's broadcaster of the year.

He also called basketball games for his alma mater, Ohio University, on ESPN3. He's been broadcasting since he was 18, starting with college baseball.

Boesch also works with Jon Jansen on a Michigan football podcast.

He still works for Learfield IMG College, a wing of the marketing firm that makes the personnel decisions for Michigan athletic broadcasts.

He's based in North Carolina, but will be moving to Ann Arbor in October.

"I love it here," Boesch said. "It was going to take something really special to leave, and getting up there is really special.

"It's just such a thrill."

Boesch is a native of Medina, Ohio.

Shepard also had been the play-by-play voice of Eastern Michigan football. Tom Helmer has been on the call this season, with Shepard scheduled to rejoin the broadcast after the Tigers' season comes to an end Sunday.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @tonypaul1984

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