Mark Beier, the longtime radio play-by-play voice of Toledo Rockets football and men’s basketball who announced his retirement in March, will be honored by the Toledo City Council Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m.
The council will present a resolution recognizing his contributions to UT in his 21 years as the “Voice of the Rockets.”In addition to calling play-by-play for the Rockets, Beier also hosted the “UT Coach’s Show” for football and men’s basketball on the Rocket Radio Network since 1995. He also hosted “Rocket Replay,” a 30-minute coach’s highlight television show from 1995 to 2001. He is the voice of “The Rocket Insider,” a 90-second news vignette that runs on WTVG-TV, and has served as emcee for countless football, basketball and Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame banquets.
In 2014, Beier was honored by the Varsity ‘T’ Club with the Distinguished Service Award for his efforts on behalf of the Rockets.
Beier is perhaps best known for his trademark call, “Touchdown R-r-r-r-r-r-r-rockets!” He began his journey with UT in the 1995 football season, a year that saw star running back Wasean Tait power the Rockets to an 11-0-1 season and a victory in the Las Vegas Bowl. A year later, he also assumed the play-by-play role for men’s basketball.
Over the years, Beier called the action for 252 UT football games and 607 men’s basketball games.