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DSBA History

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association was founded in the fall of 1948 by Ty Tyson and other sports announcers in metropolitan Detroit. Tyson and others were disenchanted with what they perceived as ‘second class citizenship’ in the press box at then-Briggs Stadium. It seems the electronic media were not granted the access afforded the baseball and pro football writers in Detroit. Recognition of the organization came quickly. Regular sportscasters
of all major Detroit stations became members and took an active role in supporting the DSBA. Membership later swelled as color analysts and sportscasters from other radio, television and cable stations joined. Meetings were held weekly at the Detroit Press Club as major sports news was broken at the Wednesday noontime gatherings. For several years, the name of the organization was unofficially changed to Detroit Sports Broadcasters and Sports Writers Association to reflect the diverse media membership.

The DSBA presidency: Ty Tyson, Don Wattrick, Paul Williams, Al Nagler, Fred Wolf, Van Patrick, Budd Lynch, Bob Reynolds, Fred Huber, Bill Flemming, Bruce Martyn, Joe Gentile, Dave Diles, Don Kremer, Ray Lane, Vince Doyle, John Fountain, Bill Humphries, Larry Adderley, Chris McClure, John Cwikla, Dave LewAllen, Kurt Schneider, Dave LewAllen, Gary Ratski, Paul Chapman, Mark Unger, Raymond Rolak, Rich Kincaide, Jim Brandstatter, Jim Stark, Ken Kal, Will Tieman, Vicki Foley and Trevor Thompson. Also of note: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame inductees from the ranks of the DSBA include Ernie Harwell, Bob Ufer, Frank Beckmann, George Blaha, Paul Carey, Tyson, Flemming, Patrick, Lynch, Reynolds, Martyn, Diles, Lane and Brandstatter.

Weekly DSBA meetings are now replaced by special media events with guests and program themes, held at Hockeytown Cafe (Detroit), Ginopolis On The Grill (Farmington Hills) or other venues. Sports broadcasters, sports writers, sports photographers, P.A. announcers, sports public/media relations/SIDs, sports marketing professionals, ADs, as well as student electronic journalists from high schools and colleges, comprise the DSBA.

The DSBA reaches out to the community with its successful Grant Fund program, an executive director, popular awards such as the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Achievement Award, Ty Tyson Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award, Kathy Best ‘Best of the Best Award’, the Tigers/Lions/Red Wings Rookies of the Year, and the Lions Media-Friendly ‘Good Guy’ Award. Our charity Golf Outing includes the President’s Cup Trophy and Challenge Cup to low-score winners from general golf foursomes and athletics/sports departments foursomes, respectively.

For further information on the DSBA or to apply for membership use the tab at the top of our home page or e-mail Dsba1@yahoo.com, call (586) 558-9103, fax (586) 558-9104, or write to P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-1222. Dues are $60.00 annually plus a one-time $20.00 initiation fee. Student (Junior) members who are in college or high school journalism programs, pay $20.00 annually plus the one-time $20.00 initiation fee.

DSBA Presidents:
Ty Tyson, Don Wattrick, Paul Williams, Al Nagler, Van Patrick, Budd Lynch, Bob Reynolds, Fred Huber, Bill Fleming, Bruce Martyn, Fred Wolf, Joe Gentile, Dave Diles, Ray Lane, Don Kremer, Larry Adderly, Vince Doyle, John Fountain, John Cwikla, Bill Humphries, Chris McClure, Kurt Schneider, Dave Lew Allen, Gary Ratski, Paul Chapman, Mark Unger, Raymond Rolak, Rich Kincaide, Ken Kal, Jim Brandstatter, Jim Stark. Will Tieman, Vicki Foley and Trevor Thompson.

DSBA Lifetime Honorary Members:

Tom Ryan, Jim Streeter, Nick Vista, Richard Wilson, Bill Wischman, Al Ackerman, Jack Adams, Larry Adderley, Edmund Barber, Kathy Best, Paul Carey, Jerome Cavanaugh, Jim Chapman, Jim Cornelius, Fritz Crisler, John Cwikla, Istvan Danosi, Hugh (Duffy) Daugherty, Dave Diles, Anne Doyle, Vince Doyle, Marvin (Sonny) Eliot, Les Etter, Dan Ewald, Roger Faulkner, Bill Fleming, John Fountain, Gus Ganakas, Joe Gentile, Steve Ham, Jim Hart, Ernie Harwell, Edgar Hayes, Jim Hendrick, Fred Huber, Bill Humphries, Bill Jamieson, Jerome (Buck) Jerzy, George Kell, Don Kremer, Ray Lane, Vito LoPiccolo, Budd Lynch, John MacInnes, Bruce Madej, Leo Martin, Bruce Martyn, Chris McClure, Hal Middlesworth, Johnny Mowers, Al Nagler, Bennie Oosterbaan, Paul Pentecost, Bob Reynolds, Jack Riggs, Glenn (Bo) Schembechler, Elliott Trumbull, Ty Tyson, Bob Ufer and Paul Williams.

DSBA AWARDS:

  • DSBA Lifetime Honorary Member Award
  • Detroit Tigers DSBA Rookie of the Year
  • Detroit Red Wings DSBA Rookie of the Year
  • Detroit Lions DSBA Rookie of the Year
  • Detroit Lions PFWA-DSBA ‘Good Guy’ Media-Friendly Award
  • Retired-Detroit Shock DSBA Player of the Year
  • DSBA Ty Tyson ‘Excellence in Sports Broadcasting’ Award
  • DSBA Kathy Best ”Best of the Best’ Award
  • DSBA Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award
  • DSBA President’s Trophy (First Place General Team at annual DSBA Charity Golf Outing)
  • Retired-DSBA (Kurt) Schneider Cup (First Place General Team at annual DSBA Charity Golf Outing)
  • DSBA Challenge Cup (First Place Sports Organization Team at annual DSBA Charity Golf Outing)
  • NOTE: Many DSBA trophies are on permanent display at Hockeytown Cafe in downtown Detroit

DETROIT TIGERS/DSBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 2016 – Michael Fulmer
  • 2015 – James McCann
  • 2014 – Nick Castellanos
  • 2013 – Jose Iglesias
  • 2012 – Quintin Berry
  • 2011 – Al Alburquerque
  • 2010 – Austin Jackson
  • 2009 – Rick Porcello
  • 2008 – Armando Galarraga
  • 2007 – Ryan Raburn
  • 2006 – Justin Verlander
  • 2005 – Curtis Granderson
  • 2004 – Nook Logan
  • 2003 – Craig Monroe
  • 2002 – Carlos Pena
  • 2001 – Victor Santos
  • 2000 – Jose Macias
  • 1999 – Gabe Kapler
  • 1998 – Matt Anderson
  • 1997 – Deivi Cruz
  • 1996 – Tony Clark
  • 1995 – Bobby Higginson
  • 1994 – Chris Gomez
  • 1993 – Chris Gomez
  • 1992 – Scott Livingstone
  • 1991 – Milt Cuyler
  • 1990 – Travis Fryman
  • 1989 – Kevin Ritz
  • 1988 – Paul Gibson
  • 1987 – Matt Nokes
  • 1986 – Eric King
  • 1985 – Nelson Simmons
  • 1984 – Barbaro Garbey
  • 1983 – Dave Gumpert
  • 1982 – Glenn Wilson
  • 1981 – No Award
  • 1980 – Rick Peters
  • 1979 – Lynn Jones
  • 1978 – Lou Whitaker
  • 1977 – Dave Rozema
  • 1976 – Mark Fidrych
  • 1975 – Vern Ruhle
  • 1974 – Ron LeFlore
  • 1973 – Dick Sharon
  • 1972 – Chuck Seelbach
  • 1971 – No Award
  • 1970 – Elliott Maddox
  • 1969 – Mike Kilkenny

DETROIT RED WINGS/DSBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 2015-16- Dylan Larkin
  • 2014-15- Petr Mrazek
  • 2013-14- Danny DeKeyser
  • 2012-13- Gustav Nyquist
  • 2011-12 – Cory Emmerton
  • 2010-11 – Jakub Kindl
  • 2009-10 – Jimmy Howard
  • 2008-09 – Jonathan Ericsson
  • 2007-08 – Derek Meech
  • 2006-07 – Jiri Hudler
  • 2005-06 – Johann Franzen
  • 2004-05 – None Awarded
  • 2003-04 – Niklas Kronwall
  • 2002-03 – Henrik Zetterburg
  • 2001-02 – Pavel Datsyuk
  • 2000-01 – None Awarded
  • 1999-2000 Jiri Fischer
  • 1982-1998 None Awarded
  • 1980-81 – John Barrett
  • 1979-80 – Mike Foligno
  • 1978-79 – Wilhelm Huber
  • 1977-78 – Dale McCourt
  • 1976-77 – Jim Nahrgang
  • 1975-76 – Michel Bergeron
  • 1974-75 – Bill Lochead
  • 1973-74 – Bill Hogaboam
  • 1972-73 – Henry Boucha
  • 1971-72 – Marcel Dionne
  • 1970-71 – Tom Webster
  • 1969-70 – Al Karlander
  • 1968-69 – Paul Popiel
  • 1967-68 – Gary Jarrett and Roy Edwards
  • 1966-67 – not awarded
  • 1965-66 – Bert Marshall
  • 1964-65 – Roger Crozier
  • 1963-64 – Pit Martin
  • 1962-63 – Doug Barkley
  • 1961-62 – Bruce MacGregor
  • 1960-61 – Hank Bassen
  • 1959-60 – Murray Oliver
  • 1958-59 – Len Lunde
  • 1957-58 – Don Poile
  • 1956-57 – Billy Dea
  • 1955-56 – Glenn Hall
  • 1954-55 – not awarded
  • 1953-54 – Bill Dineen
  • 1952-53 – Marcel Bonin
  • 1951-52 – Glen Skov
  • 1950-51 – Terry Sawchuk
  • 1949-50 – Steve Black
  • 1948-49 – Max McNab

DETROIT LIONS/DSBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 2015 – Ameer Abdullah
  • 2014 – Travis Swanson
  • 2013 – Larry Warford
  • 2012 – Ryan Broyles
  • 2011 – Titus Young
  • 2010 – Ndamukong Suh
  • 2009 – Louis Delmas
  • 2008 – Kevin Smith
  • 2007 – Gerald Alexander
  • 2006 – Ernie Sims
  • 2005 – Shaun Cody
  • 2004 – Kevin Jones
  • 2003 – Boss Bailey
  • 2002 – Joey Harrington

DETROIT LIONS/DSBA-PFWA ‘Good Guy’ AWARD

  • 2015 – Darryl Tapp
  • 2014 – Glover Quin
  • 2013 –  Rob Sims
  • 2012 – Stephen Tulloch
  • 2011 – Nate Burleson
  • 2010 – Calvin Johnson
  • 2009 – Dominic Raiola
  • 2008 – Corey Smith
  • 2007 – Roy Williams
  • 2006 – Mike Furrey
  • 2005 – Cory Schlesinger
  • 2004 – Eddie Drummond
  • 2003 – Dre’ Bly
  • 2002 – Jason Hanson

DETROIT SHOCK/DSBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 2009 – Deanna Nolan
  • 2008 – Deanna Nolan
  • 2007 – Deanna Nolan

DETROIT SHOCK/DSBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 2006-2009 – None Awarded
  • 2005 – Kara Braxton
  • 2004 – Chandi Jones

TY TYSON ‘EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS BROADCASTING AWARD’

  • 2015-16 –  Jennifer Hammond, Fox-2
  • 2014-15 – Trevor Thompson, FSD
  • 2013-14 – Mario Impemba, Tigers & FSD
  • 2012-13 – Dan Miller, Lions & Fox-2
  • 2011-12 – Will Tieman, MSU  Spartans
  • 2010-11 – Ken Daniels/Red Wings Hockey & Fox Sports Detroit
  • 2009-10 – Frank Beckmann/U-M Football & WJR-AM
  • 2008 – Dan Dickerson/Tigers Baseball & WXYT-FM
  • 2007 – Ken Kal/Red Wings Hockey & WXYT-FM
  • 2006 – Jim Brandstatter/Lions/U-M Football
  • 2005 – Budd Lynch/Red Wings Hockey
  • 2004 – Mark Champion/Lions Football
  • 2003 – Ray Lane/Tigers/Lions/Red Wings/Big Ten
  • 2002 – George Blaha/Pistons/MSU Football
  • 2001 – Ernie Harwell/Tigers Baseball
  • 2000 – Josh Lewin/Tigers Baseball & Fox Sports Detroit

KATHY BEST ‘BEST OF THE BEST AWARD’

  • 2015-16 – Merrill Cain, Penske Racing/Detroit Grand Prix
  • 2014-15 – Jeff Weiss, WSU Warriors
  • 2013-14 – Bill Harrington, DSBA
  • 2012-13 –  John Hahn, Red Wings
  • 2011-12 – Kevin Grigg, Pistons
  • 2010-11 – Tim Pendell, Lions
  • 2009-10 – John Johnson, MHSAA
  • 2008 – Will Tieman, Spartan Sports Network
  • 2007 – George Eichorn, DSBA
  • 2006 – Jim Streeter, EMU Eagles
  • 2005 – Mark Engel, UDM Titans
  • 2004 – Dennis Davidson, Boxing
  • 2003 – John Lewandowski, MSU Spartans
  • 2002 – Risa Balayem, Ford Field/Lions
  • 2001 – Bill Keenist, Lions
  • 2000 – Matt Dobek, Pistons
  • 1999 – Tyler Barnes, Tigers
  • 1998 – Tommy Cameron, MIS Speedway
  • 1997 – Mike Murray, Lions
  • 1996 – Bruce Madej, U-M Wolverines
  • 1995 – Kathy Best, Red Wings

DSBA ERNIE HARWELL LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD

  • 2014 – Jonathan Yinger
  • 2013 – Ray Lane
  • 2012- Paul Carey
  • 2011 – No Award
  • 2010 – John Fountain
  • 2009 – Ernie Harwell

DSBA CHALLENGE CUP (First Place Sports Team at annual DSBA Charity Golf Outing)

  • 2015- MSU & Spartan Sports Network
  • 2014- Oakland University Atheletic Department
  • 2013-  Oakland University Athletic Department
  • 2012- Detroit Lions – Ford Field
  • 2011 – MSU & Spartan Sports Network
  • 2010 – Eastern Michigan University Athletic Dept.
  • 2009 – Oakland University Athletic Dept.
  • 2008 – Oakland University Athletic Dept.
  • 2007 – Oakland University Athletic Dept.
  • 2006 – Oakland University Athletic Dept.

 

DSBA CHIP CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE (Uncle Ray’s Potato Chips and Snacks Mascot Event)

  • 2015-  SPARTY (Michigan State Athletics)
  • 2014-  ROARY (Detroit Lions)
  • 2013-  GRIZZ (Oakland University Athletics)

 

DSBA CHIP CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE (Uncle Ray’s Potato Chips and Snacks Mascot Event)

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