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Figure skater Elaine Zayak (left), former NFL lineman Jim Dombrowski (right)

We are delighted to inform you that champion figure skater Elaine Zayak and former New Orleans Saints lineman Jim Dombrowski are being inducted on Thursday, June 13th into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in Troy, Michigan.
ALSO on June 13th - The DSBA has made special arrangements for a LUNCHEON at Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit at 11:30 a.m. to meet and greet Elaine and Jim as well as the NPASHF Board Chairman Jim Conrad and executive board members in attendance:
RSVP Now for Media - DSBA members - Guests of members:
Date: Wednesday, June 13th
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Site: Detroit's Hockeytown Cafe
Lunch: $15

Former CMU lineman Eric Fisher.  Photo courtesy of Lars Hjelmroth.

By Raymond Rolak

NEW YORK-  Central Michigan's Eric Fisher realized a lifelong dream and made history on when he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.  The All-American offensive tackle etched his name in the record books when he took the stage at the renowned Radio City Music Hall in New York, becoming the highest NFL draft pick in CMU and Mid-American Conference history.

After his name was called, Fisher made his way to the stage, donned a red and white hat, and, while holding a Chiefs jersey bearing the No. 1, carried out a first round draft day tradition by getting his photo taken with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"I can't even process what's happening right now," Fisher said.  "This is a dream come true, the fact that I was the No. 1 pick.  I can't even understand what's going on right now, but what an honor.  What an honor, a great opportunity."
At the press preview, Fisher had a chance to reflect on his rise to the top of most team's wish list.   Many NFL player personnel directors coveted the 6-foot-7, 308-pounder.  He was at the top of most draft boards.   

Despite questions about the type of competition that Central Michigan had in the Mid-American Conference, Fisher believes that he has displayed his athleticism and ability to play at a high level.  This is exactly what has him at the top of many mock drafts conducted by scouts.  "He is at the top of most lists," said veteran NFL scout, Joe Collins.

"I have kind of expected everything throughout the process," Fisher said.  "This has been a dream of mine for a long time so I've tried not to let it be a surreal experience.  I want it to be a reality because I think if it stays surreal too long you forget about the things you have to do to be successful."

"I was an under-the-radar guy and that is to be expected coming from a smaller school," Fisher said. "Going through the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine I was able to show everyone where Central Michigan is and what kind of players we can produce.  A lot of people have questions about the competition I faced, but I think my biggest games last year were against Iowa and Michigan State and I was able to play my best football.  I definitely had a great game in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Western Kentucky during Christmas.  Ford Field wetted my appetite for the NFL. "

Fisher, a lightly recruited, lanky 6-8, 250 lb. prospect from Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan, came to Central originally as a tight end.  When he left four years later, he was considered to be one of the elite college football players in the nation at any position.  His highest compliment was that he was a hard worker and was very coachable.

Fisher is among a trio of offensive lineman - including Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel and Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson - that are projected to go within the top 10 NFL picks.  Fisher spoke about how that competition was something that has pushed each of them to work harder throughout the process.  "We have a lot of great competition in this draft," Fisher said.  "It was a quarterback class last year, but this year is more offensive line dominated (Offensive lineman).  We don't always get the most exposure but it's been a fun experience so far.  When you have someone pushing you to be your best it really helps.  It has been a constant battle and we'll see who comes out on top."

Even with the rise to instant stardom, Fisher has no plans of letting the spotlight change his core values and strong work ethic that made him a two-time All-MAC selection and All-American following his senior season.  He also has continued to express that the National Football League is a dream come true and that no matter which team takes him Thursday night, he will be prepared to bring that work ethic to their organization.

There are 32 teams and they all have a lot to offer."  If Fisher becomes the highest pick in the MAC history, or even the No. 1 overall pick, it will be something that will make the entire experience even sweeter.  "I'm always going to be the same person," Fisher said.  "I don't plan on changing for anything.  My dream has been to play in the NFL and the NFL strictly.  

The highest a MAC player had previously been selected in the NFL Draft was No. 7; a distinction that belonged to Marshall QB Byron Leftwich when he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003.  Among current members of the MAC, Bowling Green back Bernie Casey went the highest, at No. 9, to the San Francisco 49ers in 1961.  Miami (Ohio) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2004, Pittsburgh Steelers) and Toledo defensive tackle Dan Williams (1993, Denver Broncos) were both selected at No. 11.

"It would be a huge honor (to be drafted No. 1 overall)," Fisher said.  "I almost don't have words for it.  I don't think I would be able to describe that feeling until after it happened. It has been my dream and my goal going through this process to be drafted as high as possible and you can't go higher than number one."

"I couldn't be more excited for Eric," said CMU head coach Dan Enos.  "It's extremely gratifying to see how his toughness, determination and focus have made him the player he is today and we are glad to be a part of that process.  We are proud to have had him in our Chippewa Football program and look forward to his continued success."

Fisher is the second CMU player to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.  He follows in the footsteps of All-Pro offensive lineman Joe Staley.  Fisher has been compared with him often.  Staley set the standard in 2007 when he was chosen in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 28.  In all, 34 Chippewa's have been drafted by NFL teams, dating back to 1946 when the Detroit Lions selected running back Ben Wall in the 18th round.

Last week on the CMU campus with so much talk about the draft, the football team continued the tradition of giving back some energy to the community.  The athletes recognize that the local population provides them with so much support.  Team members took part in numerous service activities throughout the Mount Pleasant area.  Each of the service activities that the football team was involved in was organized through C.A.R.E. (Central Athletes Reaching Everyone), a program that coordinates community appearances for each of CMU's team sports.


A vote will be taken on June 13th, 2013 at the DSBA Meeting & Luncheon at Hockeytown Cafe on the following proposed change to the current Constitution and By-Laws:
ARTICLE VI - ELECTED OFFICERS: The President may serve succeeding terms not to exceed two consecutive terms in the same office.
ARTICLE VI - ELECTED OFFICERS: The President may serve succeeding terms not to exceed four consecutive terms in the same office.

We are now accepting written DSBA Grant Fund proposals for 2013.  Any Michigan college, university, high school or middle school with a broadcast curriculum which has a need for equipment may submit their request to:  Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, Attn: Grant Fund, P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-1222.  Or e-mail to  The proposal must include the specific need, actual price quotations and the reason for the request from a school official on school letterhead.  Contact the DSBA with any questions at or 586-558-9103.

The deadline is June 15, 2013.


For the 7th straight year, the Spartan Sports Network was the most honored radio network in the state of Michigan, receiving 11 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards March 13th in Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State Basketball programming led the awards list garnering 4 honors for Play-by-Play, the Tom Izzo Show, MSU Player of the Week-Draymond Green and the Michigan Sports Brief. The complete list of awards is as follows:
*    MSU Basketball vs. Wisconsin 1/3/12  (Play-by-Play Sports)
*    MSU Football vs. Georgia 1/2/12 (Play-by-Play Sports)
*    MSU Hockey vs. Ferris  12/15/12   (Play-by-Play Sports)
*    The Tom Izzo Show (Christmas) 12/19/12  (Weekday Broadcast)
*    The Tom Anastos Show 11/27/12  (Weekday Broadcast)
*    The Suzy Merchant Show 2/8/12   (Weekday Broadcast)
*    MSU Player of the Week-Draymond Green 2/6/12  (Feature Programming)
*    Michigan Sports Brief Daily Series 1/2/12 and 2/28/12  (Sports)
*    Commercials:  Synergy Environmental, Spartan Internet Consulting Corporation

Former EMU Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations, Jim Streeter.
After nearly four decades of directing the publicity efforts for Eastern Michigan University Athletics, Jim Streeter is retiring from his post as the Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations, effective Oct. 19, 2012. An icon of the media relations world, Streeter is the longest tenured Division I sports information director in the state and the dean of Mid-American Conference SIDs. A native of Albion, Mich., Streeter is currently in his 39th year with the EMU Athletic Media Relations Office, with 37 of them as the director.

"Jim has been guiding a critical component of EMU Athletics for almost 40 years," EMU Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg said. "His awards at the regional and national levels only tell a fraction of the story of his successful portrayal of EMU Athletics across our country. All of his contributions are greatly admired and appreciated by the Eastern Michigan family."

The Athletic Media Relations Office (formerly known as the Sports Information) at Eastern Michigan has been in operation since 1960 when Bob Briner was named the first full-time director. Since then there have only been three directors in the history of the office. John Fountain followed Briner in 1966 and Streeter was named to the SID position in 1975. A 2004 inductee into the EMU Athletics Hall of Fame, the 64-year-old Streeter earned a bachelor's degree from EMU in Dec. 1973, with a major in physical education and minors in journalism and history. He was sports editor of the student newspaper, The Eastern Echo, for two years.

After serving a two-year stint as a sportswriter for The Ypsilanti Press, Streeter joined EMU as an assistant sports information director in 1974. He was named SID in August 1975.

In addition to his daily duties of overseeing the publicity of Eastern Michigan's 21 varsity sports, Streeter has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the athletics department's archives that include game programs, game video, statistics, news releases, publications and other items dating back to the foundation of the athletics programs.

A member of the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Streeter was a member of the publications committee for four years. He was the secretary of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) from 1990-94 after serving as vice president for one year. Additionally, in 2007 he received the honor of the Kathy "Best of the Best Award" from the DSBA.

Streeter was selected as one of nine Media Marshals for the 2004 Ryder Cup Golf competition at Oakland Hills Country Club. In addition, he was part of the media relations staff at the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Regional and the 2009 Final Four in Detroit, Mich.

A native of Albion, Mich., Streeter graduated from Albion High School in 1966. He earned two varsity letters in baseball and two in basketball at Albion High. He served as president of the Varsity Club his senior year and vice-president of the junior and senior classes.

Streeter and his wife, Mary, live in Ypsilanti and have three sons: Andrew, twins Michael and David, two granddaughters, Isabel and Annaliese and one grandson, Avery. 


"I made one of the finest administrative decisions in my long career at Eastern Michigan University in 1974 by hiring Jim as assistant sports information director. I moved on later and appointed Jim as director of sports information a position he has held for some 37 years. Like a Timex, he still keeps ticking today. I am so proud of Jim, a person who came to campus as a student, put down his roots in the Ypsilanti area close to campus, raised a family and never sought another job. He was so proud of his alma mater and he had what he considered, the best job in the world."
- John Fountain, EMU Athletic Hall of Fame Broadcaster and former EMU Vice President of University Relations

"For more than 39 years, Jim has been a fixture not only inside the Athletic Department but throughout the University as well. As a the sports information director, Streeter has made an indelible mark at EMU. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for Jim Streeter and I am personally grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to work with him these past 11 years. "
-Greg Steiner, Assistant Media Relations Director at Eastern Michigan University

"It's difficult to put into words what Streets has meant to my career.  I walked into the EMU sports information office the first week of my freshman year as a student, and I was immediately hooked.  Thirteen years later, I'm leading my own office at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and on a daily basis, try to instill in my staff what Streets has done at EMU for nearly the past 40 years. There is something to be said about a person that gives you an opportunity to do something you truly love to do.  For me, that person is 
Jim Streeter.  He's a great mentor, teacher and friend, and I have a funny feeling that despite his retirement; he'll still be showing his face around Rynearson Stadium and the Convocation Center pretty frequently in the near-and long-term future."
- Brett McWethy, Director of Athletic Communications at the University of Illinois-Chicago and former EMU AMR Graduate Assistant

"In our profession, sometimes there is no substitute for genuine passion and enthusiasm for your school. It's what drives Jim to go just a little further for EMU in innumerable ways, many of which go unnoticed. It's one of the things that him special. Making that extra phone call, staying late to wait for a deliberate sportswriter, whatever needs to be done Jim will do it. Anything for EMU. Over the years, these little things have added up to a mountain of support tor the school Jim loves. Jim is modest by nature, and would probably shrug it off, but there is no doubt in my mind that Eastern Michigan University has been darn lucky to have 
Jim Streeter on its side these past 39 years."
- Paul Helgren, Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations at the University of Toledo and former EMU assistant SID from 1985-89

"If there is one man that can weave the rich historical tapestry of sports at Eastern Michigan University, it is 
Jim Streeter. Considered by the media, his peers and EMU's former student-athletes to be one of the top Public Relation's men in the state of Michigan, Streeter's name has become synonymous with Eastern Michigan University. His easy going style and his knowledge of the community has allowed Jim to serve EMU and the Ypsilanti Community for over 40 years."
- Bruce Madej, Associate Athletic Director at the University of Michigan

"He gave me a chance at that time in my life where I needed that support and education from a mentor like him. He saw my passion for athletics and in particular Olympic (Nonrevenue) sports and let me run with them. Most future SID's dream of working with a football or basketball team, but all I wanted to do was cover Olympic Sports and Jim gave me that opportunity."
- Amanda (Decker) Skowronek, EMU Foundation Development and Design Associate and 2007-09 EMU AMR Graduate Assistant

"I have never met anyone who loves Eastern Michigan as much as Jim. He has been a fixture at EMU events forever, even working events that he does not need to be at. You can ask him anything about the Eagles, the Hurons, a certain game back in 1992 and he will know the answer. It Is hard to think of anything that has happened in the last 30 years at Eastern Michigan and not automatically think of "Streets." I enjoyed interacting with him while I was still playing and when I was working for him. He just has the ability to talk to anyone and make you feel important."
- Sarah VanMetre, Assistant Media Relations Director at the University of Michigan and 2007-09 EMU AMR Graduate Assistant

"I am extremely appreciative of everyone I met along the way at Eastern Michigan, especially the people I worked closely with for two years in the athletic department. Without the guidance of Jim Streeter, who is a great mentor and simply the best at what he does, I don't think I would be where I am today."
- Dan Wyar, Assistant Media Relations Director at Elon University and 2008-10 EMU AMR Graduate Assistant

" It may be cliche but if Jim Streeter gave blood, it would be green and white. Jim represents everything that is good and noble about Eastern Michigan. He is a tireless and dedicated employee of the university who is always striving to put EMU in the best possible light. In terms of his years of service to the EMU athletic department, I believe only Elton Rynearson served longer. That is pretty good company if you ask me."
- Michael Bond, Assistant Sports Information Director at Tiffin University and former EMU student assistant

"Streets" has been the public face of Sports Information for 30 years. When someone wants information about current athletes or of someone who has played a sport at Eastern he typically comes to "Streets" to get his information. Streeter has been an outstanding example of the type of alum we cherish. He has been loyal to EMU; he has brought integrity to his work and diligence to his assignments."
- Bert Greene, Eastern Michigan University Emeritus Faculty Member

"Jim always was very welcoming to me and any time he could offer help he did so. Always pleasant and understanding he helped me a great deal with ideas for increasing interest in our athletic program."
- Lucy Parker, Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Famer and former EMU Women's Athletic Director
Three sports broadcasters for 88.1 The Park were among the state's best in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation High School and College Broadcast Competition.  They joined four other Plymouth-Canton students in receiving awards from the MAB.
Adam Duxter (Canton Junior) and Logan Lazorka (Salem Junior) received first place in the Sports Play-by-Play Category.  Joe Zylka (Plymouth Junior) and Logan Lazorka (Salem Junior) received Second Place.  88.1 The Park also received two of the top awards in Sports Play-by-Play last year. 

"We receive a lot of positive comments when Adam, Logan and Joe broadcast games," said Bill Keith, Station Manager, "They work hard to deliver their play-by-play with skill and style."
The MAB Foundation presented the High School and College Awards during the conference luncheon in Lansing on Wednesday March 13.  Broadcasters from throughout the state were in attendance.  

"I see the great work our students do every day so I'm not surprised that they received this recognition," said Bill Keith, Station Manager and longtime DSBA Active Member.
The MAB Foundation is dedicated to promote, support and enhance the broadcast
industry for the good of all Michigan citizens, through education, research, public service, historical
preservation, information dissemination and a commitment to diversity in all aspects of the broadcast industry. 

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
  Students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools serve as staff members.  88.1 The Park is celebrating 41 years of serving the Plymouth and Canton Communities.


  • First Place/Sports Play-by-Play - Adam Duxter (Canton Junior)
  • First Place/Sports Play-by-Play - Logan Lazorka (Salem Junior)
  • Second Place/Sports Play-by-Play - Joe Zylka (Plymouth Junior)
  • Second Place/Sports Play-by-Play - Logan Lazorka (Salem Junior)
  • Second Place/Current Events - Jessi Longe (Salem Senior)
  • Second Place/Newscast - Annie Wellman (Plymouth Sophomore)
  • Second Place/Newscast - Joe Zylka (Plymouth Junior)
  • Second Place/Newscast - Michael Adzima (Plymouth Freshman)
For more exclusive DSBA Photographs by Mike Alberts, Robert Benko, Bill Eisner, Ben Eriksson, David Frisco, Frank Garza, Dan Graschuck, Nick Martines and Janet Slabaugh, please go to: 

Members on the Go
  • Adam Abraham,  DSBA Student Member, along with Brian Tunney, received an Honorary Mention from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for High School Sports play-by-play, at L'Anse Creuse High School, Clinton Township.
  • George Blaha,  DSBA Active Member & Fox Sports Detroit play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons, was named emcee for the 40th Induction Banquet of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame, June 13 in Troy.
  • Mike Bozich, DSBA Active Member, recently left Hazel Park Raceway, for a similar track announcer position in California.  Best of success to Mike!
  • Butch Davis, DSBA Active Member and host of "Butch on Sports", re-launched his website recently, at 
  • George Eichorn, DSBA Associate Member & Executive Director, was emcee recently for the Macomb County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Community Cares dinner at Andiamo's in Warren.
  • Ryan Ermanni, DSBA Active Member, has added news street reporting to his WJBK-TV Fox 2 sports reporting/producing duties at the station.
  • Terry Foster, DSBA Active Member and co-host of "Valenti & Foster Show" on WXYZ-FM 97.1, soon will open Foster's Smokehouse, Pizza and Brew in Fraser.
  • Jim Miller, DSBA Active Member & Spartan Sports Network MSU Football color analyst, announced he is leaving that position for increased duties on the Chicago Bears Network.
  • Jason Strayhorn, DSBA Active Member & Spartan Sports Network MSU Football sideline reporter, was selected as the new color analyst, working alongside George Blaha.  
  • Carol Yerby, DSBA Associate Member, earned a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science with concentrations in Bioinformatics, Software Engineering and Database Systems from Lawrence Technological University.  
Bob Costas,
veteran NBC Sports announcer for over 30 years, received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award from Fordham University's radio station, WFUV, during their annual Spring Gala at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Costas is the sixth recipient of the award, named after the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer and esteemed Fordham graduate. Past honorees include inaugural recipient Vin Scully, Dick Enberg, Ernie Harwell, Pat Summerall and Al Michaels. Aside from his many assignments at NBC, Costas does play-by-play for the MLB Network, where he also hosts "Studio 42 with Bob Costas." He has won a record 24 sports Emmy awards and his hosting of the 2012 Olympics for NBC was the tenth of his illustrious career. ASA President Lou Schwartz was on hand to congratulate Costas, a longtime ASA Advisory Board member and four-time winner of the ASA's "Sportscaster of the Year" Award. Also receiving an award was respected reporter, anchor and ABC News contributor Sam Donaldson, who was honored with the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in broadcast journalism.

Ryan Field
, Fox Sports Detroit anchor and reporter, will leave FSN in June for FS1, the Fox network's cable answer to ESPN's SportsCenter.  Good luck to Ryan!

Jim Hawkins, former Oakland Press & Detroit Free Press sports columnist and baseball beat reporter, was a finalist for the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.  Paul Hagen, beat writer for the Philadelphia Phillies and formerly for the Texas Rangers won the 2013 award and will receive it in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 27, 2013
Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum, former State Boxing Commissioner, will soon re-open his Michigan Boxing Hall of Fame and medical offices, in the Detroit New Center area.
Ryan Wooley was named the afternoon-drive sports anchor at WWJ-AM 950.

The following DSBA Members have paid their 2013 Dues since our last list was published in The Scoreboard.  They join 119 others whose names were previously published.  If you have not done so, please remit your payment to: DSBA Treasurer, PO Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-7113

Al Abrams
Bill Eisner
Vicki Foley
John Johnson
Kurt Kosmowski
Laura Loviska
Terry Moore
Dana Wakiji        

(S) = Student Member
We thank the following individuals for their 2013 contributions to the DSBA Charity Fund.  Make a donation now at: DSBA Charity Fund, P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090.  Note: Every donation of $25 or greater receives a complimentary signed book by author John Fountain, "Those 1940 Detroit Tigers" and John donates half of your donation to the broadcasting scholarship fund he and his family established at Eastern Michigan University.

Dale Higgins
Michael Oakley
Dana Wakiji


Thursday, June 13, 2013
National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame Day at DSBA
Featuring 2013 Honorees Jim Dombrowski & Elaine Zayak
Site: Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit
Time:  11:30 a.m. (note the ealier start time)
Cost:  $15 per person
Monday, July 8, 2013
27th Annual DSBA Charity Golf Scramble presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
Site: Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center, 52000 Cherry Creek Road, Shelby Township
Time: 7:30 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast
9 a.m. - Shotgun start
2:30 p.m. (est.) - Dinner/Awards/Banquet/Premium Bar

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Graphic Design:  Steve McClellan - SMACK Graphics
Marketing/Printing:  Genesus Marketing & Communications
DSBA Address: P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-1222
DSBA Office Phone: (586) 558-9103
DSBA Office Fax: (586) 558-9104
DSBA E-mail:
Mike Alberts          Robert Benko
Ben Eriksson         Bill Eisner
David Frisco          Frank Garza
Dan Graschuck     Bill Harrington
Jim Hindy              Laura Loviska
Nick Martines        Janet Slabaugh

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