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Will Tieman and Wendy Hart, owners of The Spartan Sports Network in Lansing.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors has announced that Will Tieman and Wendy Hart are Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Honorees.

The first duo ever to be nominated or elected to the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Tieman and Hart have served in the broadcast industry for over 60 years combined, 21 of which have been spent in the state of Michigan.

Under their leadership, the Spartan Sports Network has become the state of Michigan's most listened to college sports network. As a complement to its statewide radio coverage, SSN has provided Michigan State University and its fans with innovative programming and listening platforms.

"We are quite proud of Will and Wendy and the Spartan Sports Network, and we congratulate them on their election into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame," said Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. "Their broadcast skills and accomplishments represent the best of Team MSU!"

Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis added "Congratulations to Will Tieman and Wendy Hart for their induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. It's truly fitting that Will and Wendy are inducted as a team. Through their combined efforts, Will and Wendy have enhanced the reach and brand of MSU Athletics through the growth of the Spartan Sports Network."

In addition to their work with SSN, Tieman and Hart own commercial radio stations in Michigan: WGHN-AM/FM, Grand Haven and WMPA-FM, Ferrysburg.

"Will and Wendy's commitment to WGHN is the same commitment they have brought to Michigan State. It is a passion for excellence in programming and community service," WGHN, Inc. General Manager Eric Kaelin said.

As a continuation of their commitment to the state of Michigan, they have produced the national radio network for the Motor City Bowl/Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl for 16 seasons and are actively involved with the MAB, Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. The Tieman/Hart partnership has produced and created over 40 nationally and regionally syndicated radio and television series.

In addition to their business interests, Will Tieman has received numerous honors for his announcing work and has been the voice of Michigan State Basketball for 15 overall seasons. Wendy Hart is an award-winning writer and producer. For more information, 517-699-2200.

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been named the 2012-13 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA).  Nyquist, 23, skated in 22 games for Detroit during the shortened 2012-13 season, collecting six points (3G-3A-6P), six PIM and an 'even' rating.  He also appeared in all 14 postseason games for the Red Wings, notching five points (2G-3A-5P), a +3 rating and tallied his first career playoff goal in overtime of Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks.
"I'm really excited to be chosen as the DSBA Rookie of the Year," said Nyquist.  "There were a lot of candidates this year because so many young guys were called up and ended up playing pretty significant roles. When you look at some of the past winners of the award like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Marcel Dionne, Glenn Hall and Terry Sawchuk, it's really a great honor."
A native of Halmstad, Sweden, Nyquist was originally selected by the Red Wings in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.  The 5'11", 185-lb. forward led Grand Rapids in scoring this season with 60 points (23G-37A-60P) and tied for second on the team with 23 goals in just 58 games played.  In 2011-12, Nyquist set the Griffins' rookie scoring record after registering 58 points (22G-36A-58P) in 56 games.  Prior to joining the Griffins at the end of the 2010-11 season, Nyquist played three seasons at the University of Maine (NCAA, Hockey East), amassing 144 points (50G-94A-113P) in 113 collegiate appearances.  Nyquist will be honored by the DSBA prior to a Red Wings home game during the 2013-14 season.
The DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award dates back to the 1948-49 NHL season.  Previous recipients of the award include current Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton.


Detroit Lions Radio Network play-by-play announcer and WJBK-TV FOX-2 sports director Dan Miller has been selected to receive the Ty Tyson Excellence In Sports Broadcasting Award as presented by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA). The award was presented on July 8, 2013 following the 27th DSBA Charity Golf Outing at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township, Mich.
"I am truly humbled to receive the Ty Tyson Award," said Dan Miller. "To be associated with a pioneer like Mr. Tyson and those that have preceded me is an incredible honor.  While people may see my face or hear my voice, I never work alone. I share this with everybody at Fox-2 and The Detroit Lions Radio Network."
Miller is entering his ninth season as the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Lions on the Lions Radio Network (flagship WXYZ 97.1 FM The Ticket). He also hosts a Lions weekly in-season radio show and a Sunday pregame show on FOX-2.
Miller has 32 years of experience in television and radio. This is his 16th year at FOX-2. He previously worked five seasons as an NFL on FOX broadcast play-by-play announcer.
He has won numerous awards in broadcasting from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasting.
The Ty Tyson Award, founded in 2000, is named after Ty Tyson, who was instrumental in the founding of the DSBA in 1948, while also serving as its first president. Among his many pursuits, Tyson was the radio play-by-play voice for the Detroit Tigers from 1927-42. He returned to the airways in 1947 for play-by-play for the first Detroit Tiger telecast. He was inducted in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.


TORONTO  (June 11, 2013) - Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters' Association, and Kevin Allen, President of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association,  announced  today  that  HARRY  NEALE  will receive the Foster Hewitt  Memorial  Award  for  outstanding  contributions  as  a  hockey broadcaster,  and  JAY GREENBERG  will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.

Harry Neale  used  the insights gathered over a 20-year coaching career to become  one of North America's most popular hockey analysts. After coaching stints  at Ohio State University, the World Hockey Association and with the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings, Neale turned to broadcasting in  1986.  Starting  at CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, Neale combined a deep
knowledge  of the  game with a unique and humorous approach that endeared him  to hockey fans. While with Hockey Night the native of Sarnia, Ontario, covered  three  Olympic  Games, two  World  Cups  of  Hockey and countless important NHL games. For the past six years Neale has served as a broadcast analyst with the Buffalo Sabres.

"Harry  has  entertained  millions  of hockey fans in the United States and Canada for close to thirty years," said Kaiton. "His unique brand of humor and  insight  has been memorable. He is extremely worthy of this honour and the  NHL  Broadcasters'  Association applauds him for his great work in all aspects of hockey."

Jay Greenberg's  first NHL writing experience was at the Kansas City Star, covering  the  city's  NHL team during its inaugural season. The Johnstown, Pennsylvania  native then covered the Philadelphia Flyers for 14 years. His renowned  copy  skills  and  in-depth analysis of the team produced an avid readership,  and  led  to  several non-fiction books focused on the Flyers.
"Full  Spectrum", one of the most complete histories of a team ever done, was published in 1996.  Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr.  Hockey (co-authored with Honored Member, Mark Howe) will be published in  October,  2013. Greenberg's 40-year writing career has also included a high  profile post  at Sports Illustrated, a featured column in The Hockey News,  and  general  sports columnist roles at both the Toronto Sun and New York Post.

"During the prime of Jay's career, he was probably the best NHL beat writer in America,"  said Allen.  "He  was  both  a gifted writer and a thorough reporter. It was a treat to read his NHL coverage."

Neale and Greenberg will receive their awards at a luncheon presentation in Toronto  on  Monday, November 11, and their award plaques will be displayed in  the  Esso  Great  Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside the 88 past award recipients.

Recipients  of  these awards, as selected by their respective associations, are recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame as "Media Honorees" ─ a separate distinction from  individuals inducted as "Honored Members" by the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Named in honor of the late Montreal newspaper reporter, the Elmer Ferguson Memorial  Award  was  first presented  in  1984 by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in recognition of distinguished members of the hockey writing profession whose words have brought honor to journalism and to the game of hockey.

Named in honor of the late "Voice of Hockey" in Canada, the Foster Hewitt Memorial  Award  was  first  presented  in  1984  by  the NHL Broadcasters' Association  in recognition of members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and to the game of hockey.

For more information:

Chuck Kaiton
NHL Broadcasters' Association

Kevin Allen
Professional Hockey Writers' Association 


June 4, 2013 - Dale Jarrett, three-time Daytona 500 winner and 1999 Winston Cup champion, will join his father, Ned Jarrett, in the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of a five-member Class of 2014, it was recently announced.

Engine builder Maurice Petty, brother of Richard Petty, Tim Flock,Fireball Roberts and Jack Ingram round out the class to be inducted on January 29, 2014

During his career, which spanned from 1984 - 2008, Jarrett chalked up 32 victories. In addition to his three wins at Daytona, he took the checkered flag two times at the Brickyard 400, and once at the Coca Cola 600 and Winston 500.

His first ballot selection came as a shock to Jarrett, who was dressed down to attend his son's high school graduation party following the announcement.

"I am very much surprised that this happened on the first ballot," said Jarrett. I see people that are very deserving to be on. You can make a case for every one (of the nominees). Once that I saw I was on the list, I was very appreciative for that and figured a few years down the road that it would probably happen. I just didn't think that (it would happen so soon)."

Jarrett is currently the lead racing analyst for ESPN on its NASCAR telecasts, following in the footsteps of his father, Ned, who also spent plenty of time in the broadcast booth. Both Dale and Ned are Lifetime ASA members and strong supporters of the organization, so the news of Dale's Hall of Fame selection was well received by ASA President Lou Schwartz.  

"It's refreshing to see that so many of our longtime ASA members like Dale Jarrett are being recognized for their achievements. Jarrett is not only a great race car driver but a first class racing analyst," concluded Schwartz.

Chris Economaki interviews NASCAR Great Dale Earnhardt.
Former 'Paperboy' Chronicled NASCAR's Rise To Major League Sport
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2013) - Known for more than 50 years as the "Dean of American Motorsports," the late journalist and broadcaster Chris Economaki has been named the third recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Economaki will be honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities on Jan. 29, 2014 and featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
Economaki, who died last year at age 91, was the editor, publisher and columnist for National Speed Sport News for more than 60 years, a weekly racing publication he began selling at race tracks at the age of 14. He began his television broadcast career with ABC in 1961 and with CBS Sports helped make the Daytona 500 one of racing's marquee events.
Economaki was among eight nominees voted upon by a panel comprised of NASCAR and NASCAR Hall of Fame executives, journalists, public relations representatives and former drivers. The Squier-Hall Award was created in 2012 to honor the contributions of media to the success of the sport.  Legendary broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall, for whom the award is named, were its initial recipients.
"Chris Economaki dedicated his life to covering motorsports, and his exceptional talent for storytelling brought NASCAR to millions of readers and viewers for more than 60 years," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. "Though we all miss seeing him at the race track every week, we're proud that Chris' legacy will continue to live through this well-deserved award."
The son of a Greek immigrant who was born in Brooklyn but spent most of his life in Connecticut, Economaki participated in the growth of automobile racing from its pre-World War II small-town and county fair circuits. He worked at the sport's grassroots, alongside many historic promoters - including NASCAR founder Bill France - and went on to cover most of the 20th and 21st centuries' greatest figures.
Economaki's National Speed Sport News "three-dot" column was a weekly must-read throughout the motorsports industry. He eschewed technology for decades, hammering out his copy on an old, manual typewriter while others in the media centers tapped on computer keyboards. Few, however, matched Economaki's insights - or his many reliable sources.
He appeared in several racing-themed motion pictures and was part of the CBS broadcast team that won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Special (the 1987 Daytona 500). He was awarded the 1990 NASCAR Award of Excellence and NASCAR Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Economaki is a member of several halls of fame including the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) Hall of Honor, Eastern Motorsports Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame and the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame.



FOX Sports Detroit was honored with 10 EMMY's recently by the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, presented at the organization's 35th annual ceremony at Motor City Casino's Hotel's Sound Board Theatre in Detroit.
The FOX Sports Detroit winning entries included another EMMY for "Station Excellence," capturing that prestigious award for the fifth time in the past eight years. FOX Sports Detroit has received 100 EMMY's overall since 2000, including 55 over the last five years.
"All of us at FOX Sports Detroit are extremely thankful for the recognition by the Academy for our work in 2012," said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president/general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "Sports touch every emotion and every age group in this community and we're proud to play a leading role in serving the greatest sports fans in America. I am immensely proud of all the creative and dedicated people who make FOX Sports Detroit such an exciting and thriving place to work."
Here are the EMMY-winning entries for FOX Sports Detroit, recognizing excellence in productions originating in 2012:

·  Station Excellence: FOX Sports Detroit (Greg Hammaren). FOX Sports Detroit is once again honored for excellence in overall station operations, including serving its viewer universe through local programming efforts.

·  Sports - Program Feature/Segment: Their Place Forever (Michael Isenberg, Chad Schwartzenberger, Justin White).  An EMMY-winning segment honoring the death of a Marlette basketball player and his grandfather.

·  Sports - Daily or Weekly Program: Spartan Basketball All Access: "Jenison Weekend": (Jacob Huber)
The network was honored for its coverage of Michigan State Basketball returning to Jenison Field House for the first time since 1989.

·  Sports - Program Series: Pistons Live Pregame Compilation (Brian Henry, Michael Isenberg, Craig Wilking).  An EMMY-winning compilation from the network's show about the Detroit Pistons.

·  Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Program/Special: Frozen Diamond Face-Off (Mark Iacofano, Chris Wasielewski)
The network was honored for its presentation of the first-ever outdoor college hockey game in the state of Ohio between Ohio State and Michigan at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Jan. 15, 2012.

·  Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Program/Special: MHSAA High School Football Division 7 Final (Brady Clyma, Mark Iacofano, Brian J. Maas).  This EMMY is for the coverage of the Division 7 Final of the Michigan High School Athletic Association between Ishpeming and Detroit Loyola.

·  Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Series: Tigers Baseball (Brady Clyma, Mark Iacofano, Brian J. Maas, Chris Wasielewski)FOX Sports Detroit earned the EMMY for its presentation of MLB baseball featuring the Detroit Tigers.

·  Documentary - Historical - Detroit Titan Court Report: Legends & Traditions (Oliver Thornton).  This program examines the history and tradition of the Detroit Titans.

·  Director - Live or Live to Tape (Mark Iacofano)
An EMMY-winning compilation of Red Wings and Tigers from director Mark Iacofano.

·  On-Camera Talent - Anchor - Sports: Compilation (Ryan Field).  This EMMY is for a compilation of studio and site anchoring by Ryan Field.

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (MI-NATAS) is the most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of excellence in television. The EMMY is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing EMMY selection committees, in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work. For a complete list of winning entries, visit

FOX Sports Detroit is delivered to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. The regional network is home to more than 350 live local events per year highlighted by the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons, college hockey, Michigan High School Athletic Association football and basketball championships, as well as area college basketball games featuring the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University.

PICTURED: Left to Right: Founders Robert and George Benko Sr., General Manager Bob Armstrong, State Representative Paul Muxlow, and George Benko Jr.(center) President of WBGV-FM. Robert & George Benko Sr. are long-time Active Members of the DSBA.

WMIC 660 AM received a special tribute proclamation during its 45th Anniversary Open House Saturday, June 29 from 83rd District State Representative Paul Muxlow. The tribute was also signed by 31st District State Senator Mike Green and Governor Rick Snyder. Sanilac Broadcasting Company was founded in 1968 by brothers George and Robert Benko. WMIC AM signed on the air June 27, 1968 from 19 S. Elk Street in Sandusky, Michigan. WMIC was originally at 1560 on the AM dial where it remained until December 1987. That is when it moved to the left side of the dial on 660 AM. In 1981, the station became an affiliate of the ABC Information Network and meterorologists John McMurray and Judy Coy started to bring local weather broadcasts to listeners in 1983. WMIC 660 AM delivers local news, sports, weather and entertainment to listeners in the Thumb and Blue Water Area daily.


DSBA special photographer Janet Slabaugh of Roseville met her idol recently in Detroit: 3-time Indianapolis 500 and 2-time Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix driver Helio Castroneves, winner of the popular Dancing with the Stars TV program.
Left to right: DSBA Honorary Lifetime Members Buck Jerzy, Paul Carey, Elliott Trumbull & Ray Lane. Seated: Don Kremer.
Standing: DSBA Honorary Lifetime Members Ray Lane, Elliott Trumbull & Buck Jerzy.
Seated: Paul Carey & Paul Pentecost.
For exclusive DSBA 27th Annual Charity Golf Scramble Photos by Nick Martines, Dan Graschuck & Bill Eisner, go to:  There you will also find photos by Mike Alberts, Robert Benko, Ben Eriksson, Dave Frisco & Janet Slabaugh of the DSBA.


Friday, July 12, 2013
Join Detroit Racing Legends in recognizing "Those Who Made It Happen" 
This year they will recognize those persons from across the country that have helped make Gold Cup history including those who have served to perpetuate and record the history of the event and powerboat racing. 
Time: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Site: Sindbad's Restaurant, 1000 St. Clair Avenue near East Jefferson, Detroit. 
Cost: Complimentary Refreshments with optional cash bar and cash lunch (order from menu). 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Media Luncheon with DSBA
Featuring Inductees: Alex Zanardi, Brad Lackey & Bud Moore and relatives of inductees Jack Crisman, Harvey Firestone, Masten Gregory, Robert E. Peterson
Time: 11:45 a.m. 
Site: Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich,
Cost: Complimentary to DSBA Members & the Media


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