George Eichorn is the long-time executive director of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
George joined the DSBA in 1980, and now assumes numerous responsibilities for the organization, which include writing and editing the monthly newsletter, public relations, web site overview, mailings and other member services.
He has been instrumental in organizing a luncheon annually at the DSBA to salute the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Eichorn also is sports editor and columnist for the New Monitor (formerly Detroit Monitor) newspaper, and a former Wayne State University football announcer on WDET-FM. He has covered the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Bowl games, All-Star Games, U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Frozen Four, Gold Cup races and other sporting events.
His published works include articles in the Basketball Times, Basketball Digest, Red Wings Magazine, Baseball Bulletin, Sports Fans Journal, Soccer World, Bowler’s Digest, City Magazine and the Northeast Detroiter.
Eichorn covered the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, including the historic “Miracle on Ice” hockey game when the United States shocked the Soviet Union. His live updates were heard on WXYZ’s ‘Sportstalk’ show, the only Detroit radio reporter to provide such feeds.
“It was amazing being one of only 10,000 or so in that tiny arena in Lake Placid on that cold February day thirty years ago, and to witness history unfolding before my very eyes,” he said.
In 1983, George was part of an American press contingent that toured the Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games site with ABC-TV personnel such as Jim McKay, Al Michaels, Peggy Fleming, Frank Gifford and others.
Another highlight for Eichorn occurred in July 1984 when he was invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan for the Midwest Regional Press Conference. George was seated at the President’s table for lunch, an honor reserved for just four reporters that day.
“I was honored to represent my newspaper and really all of southeastern Michigan at the press conference with President Reagan,” he said. “He was a genuinely nice man to chat with over lunch, and told us how pleased he was to have us there at the White House. This was definitely a career highlight for me as a journalist.”
Eichorn, has won numerous broadcasting and writing awards, and was inducted into the Detroit Catholic High School League Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service.
In 2003, George authored a book about the rich history of Michigan sports broadcasting, titled ‘Detroit Sports Broadcasters: On the Air.” The late Ernie Harwell wrote the forward for it.
‘The perfect selection to write this inside look at the Detroit sports media is George Eichorn,’ said Harwell. ‘And nobody could have done it better.”
“I am so very grateful for everything the Lord has provided me, and happy to return those gifts in various ways to our community. I want to say thank you again for this special honor by the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. It really means a lot to me and my family,” he said.