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Beal joins Florida A&M University athletics broadcast network

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Aug 25, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University announced Sunday that Melvin Beal is the new play-by-play analyst and coaches show host for Rattler athletics on the university's media platforms.

Beal will assume the role of play-by-play analyst from Michael Thomas.

According to the Strong & Jones Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Thomas, age 64, died Aug. 1.

Thomas was a longtime fixture on FAMU athletic broadcasts on the radio.

FAMU athletics notes in a news release Beal has a history as a broadcast television journalist and college football announcer.

According to FAMU, Beal, a native of Tallahassee, is the general manager of WVUP-TV in Tallahassee.

FAMU begins its 2022 college football season Saturday at 8 p.m. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.