Main BannerAugust / September 2013

Photo courtesy of Frank Garza.

Detroit Lions play-by-play radio voice Dan Miller accepts his DSBA Ty Tyson Award from DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn and Lions radio color analyst and DSBA Past President Jim Brandstatter at the Lions/Jets game on August 9th, 2013 at Detroit's Ford Field.  Miller is the fifth broadcaster associated with the Lions to win the
Ty Tyson Award.  The others are Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter, Mark Champion and Ray Lane..

By Rich Eldridge

During the Steve Yzerman era, Shawn Burr was a key player in helping the Detroit Red Wings organization be rebuilt into becoming a playoff contender in the NHL.
Burr was one of several people who gave his life to a sport he played in, which was hockey. Burr was drafted in the first round of the 1984 NHL Draft (7th overall) but still played minor league hockey. During his time playing left wing (LW) in a Red Wings uniform, Burr not only made big plays and hits but also played for minor league teams in the AHL and IHL.  Burr did a lot of things off the ice, such as running his own summer ice hockey camps and participating in charity events involving Red Wing teammates, such as golf tournaments.
His best years in the NHL were from the 1989-90 through the 1991-92 seasons in which Burr produced 50 or more points in each of those three seasons. The 1989-90 season was Burr's banner season in which Burr produced 56 points (including 24 goals) in spite of the Wings going 28-38-14 that season which resulted in missing the NHL playoffs.
My only personal interactions with Shawn Burr were attending his hockey camps at Fraser Ice Arena in Fraser, MI during the summers of 1991-92. Shawn's camps were like training camps for college and pro sports teams because his camp held two-a-days. He enjoyed having fun at the expense of myself and other campers whether someone messed up on a drill, wasn't performing good during a scrimmage, or pulling a prank during a lunch break.
The Wings finally made it to the Stanley Cup finals in the 1994-95 season after the strike was over. The New Jersey Devils swept the Wings, four games to none. After that season, Burr got traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, then got traded to the San Jose Sharks, and then came back to play for the Lightning.
After his pro hockey playing career was over, Burr served as President of the Red Wings Alumni Association and the Port Huron Icehawks (IHL) minor league hockey team.
Burr is a hockey player who should one day be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

By Vicki Foley, DSBA President
August has been a great month for the DSBA's community outreach initiatives! The month kicked-off with a special presentation at the Detroit Lions Training Camp in Allen Park, where we proudly presented Lions' captain and starting linebacker Stephen Tulloch with the 2012 Media Good Guy Award and wide receiver Ryan Broyles with the 2012 Detroit Lions Rookie of the Year Award.
On August 20th the DSBA co-hosted the 25th Anniversary of the Motor Sports Hall of Fame of America induction luncheon. It was a beautiful luncheon at the Detroit Yacht Club featuring racing and motor sports industry legends: Jack Chrisman, Harvey Firestone, Masten Gregory, Brad Lackey, Bud Moore, Robert E. Petersen and Alex Zanardi. We also approved and welcomed seven new members at the lunch, as well.
Just two days later the DSBA participated in an on-field ceremony prior to the Lions/Patriots NFL pre-season game at Detroit's Ford Field. The DSBA, along with this year's Ty Tyson Award winner Dan Miller, presented an award to SHENANIGAN, skippered by Dick and Dan Synowiec, the boat that represented the Detroit Lions and won the DSBA 4th Annual Pro Team Challenge in the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. This was the first victory for the Lions boat. Co-skipper Synowiec and the entire crew of SHENANIGAN were hosted to a very nice reception by the Lions Media Relations staff, an appearance and recognition on the Jumbotron, and seats to watch the Lions thrash the New England Patriots 40-9! Congratulations to the Detroit Lions and the crew of SHENANIGAN.
August also marked an unprecedented move in our charitable mission to foster educational initiatives in sports broadcasting. Each year, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our Board, members, and volunteers, along with the gracious donations of our members and sponsors, we are able to provide two Specs Howard School of Media Arts students with $500.00 scholarships. This year we interviewed the best class of applicants we've had since the program's inception. The competition was so strong, and there were so many deserving students, we awarded three students with a $500.00 scholarship.
All three students demonstrated the financial need and the passion and drive for a successful future in sports media. The recipients are: Jeff Adams, Chase Numbers, and Jason Watson. Jeff Adams just completed his final courses at Specs. He was a straight-A student, and recently took a position as a production assistant with BCN in Ohio. Chase Numbers also just completed his studies at Specs. He recently accepted a position as the Director of Media Relations for Rochester College Hockey and is working at and interning with Palace Sports & Entertainment. Jason Watson just completed his courses at Specs Howard as well, and did so while working 40+ hours a week in Ann Arbor. Jason is currently working as a promotions intern with Greater Detroit Media. Congratulations to all three of our scholarship recipients and Thank You all for helping to make these awards possible!
Please be sure to visit our website ( and check out all the latest photos from our DSBA events!


Al Michaels, American Sportscasters Association member and long-time NFL voice on prime-time TV with ABC and NBC, received the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio & Television Award on August 2, during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend.
The Hall's Class of 2013 featured Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp. The Rozelle award is presented as recognition for "long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football." 
Michaels is entering his eighth season as the play-by-play man for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" after a 20-year run in the same role for ABC's "Monday Night Football." He has called eight Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLVI -- the most-watched program in U.S. television history. A seven-time Emmy Award winner, Michaels is the only commentator to call the Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals, and host a Stanley Cup Final for network television. Michaels has also covered numerous Olympics, including his unforgettable broadcast in 1980 of the U.S hockey team's gold-medal run at the Lake Placid Games when he made the memorable call of "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" as the Americans upset the Soviet Union.
In 1995, Michaels was named the ASA's "Sportscaster of the Year," as voted by its membership, and received his award at the 11th annual ASA Hall of Fame Dinner. Previous Rozelle winners of the play-by-play variety have included Jim Nantz (2011), Don Criqui (2003), Dick Enberg (1999), Jack Buck (1996), Curt Gowdy (1993) and Lindsey Nelson (1990).


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons announced today the unveiling of a special uniform that will be worn during 10 game dates throughout the 2013-14 regular season.  The navy blue and red uniforms feature "Motor City" across the front and mark the club's first alternative look since the 2005-06 NBA season.  The uniforms are the first of their kind, designed to celebrate the pride and character of metro Detroit while paying homage to the region's automotive roots.
Fans can place their name on a waiting list to become the first to order a new Motor City jersey by signing up exclusively at  Those registering at the Pistons Locker Room Store website will be entered into a contest where one lucky winner will receive a 10-game weekend ticket package for the upcoming 2013-14 season.  Jerseys will be available at all Pistons retail locations in November.
"We are pleased to unveil our new Motor City uniforms and display our pride in the metro Detroit community," said Dennis Mannion, CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons.  "When you say Motor City - no matter where you are in the world - everyone knows you are talking about Detroit.  We are proud to represent Detroit and hope these uniforms will serve as a source of pride for our fans and this region."  
The Pistons worked in consultation with adidas and the NBA in development of the uniforms.  Lettering and numbering style on the jersey is consistent with the team's current home and away uniforms.  To contrast the navy blue and red accents, lettering and numbers on the jerseys and shorts are white with hair-line red and blue trim.  The club's secondary logo appears on the shorts - similar to the primary home and away uniforms.
Motor City uniforms will be worn on selected Sunday dates as part of the club's Motor City Sunday theme nights as well as one holiday home game and three road games shown on the schedule below:
                   Date                                            Game                            Time (EST)
                   Sunday, November 3                     Boston                          6:00 p.m.
                   Sunday, November 17                   at L.A. Lakers                9:30 p.m.
                   Friday, November 29                     L.A. Lakers                    7:30 p.m.
                   Sunday, December 1                    Philadelphia                    3:30 p.m.
                   Sunday, December 8                    Miami                             6:00 p.m.
                   Sunday, December 15                  Portland                          6:00 p.m.
                   Sunday, January 5                       Memphis                         1:00 p.m.
                   Sunday, January 26                     at Dallas                          7:30 p.m.
                   Sunday, March 9                         at Boston                         6:00 p.m.
                   Sunday, April 13                          Toronto                            3:30 p.m.
Motor City Sunday theme nights will give fans a chance to showcase their shared pride in celebration of all things Detroit.  Doors will open early for Sunday tip-offs giving families and friends the opportunity to wrap up the weekend together while enjoying Detroit pride-centric elements of the game night experience that include music, entertainment programming and specials on Detroit made products.

The boat SHENANIGAN, under sail duing the Bayview Mackinac Race.
In one of the fastest Bayview Mackinac races on record, the Detroit Lions boat, SHENANIGAN, skippered by Dick and Dan Synowiec, crossed the finish line Sunday night at 9:43pm beating out the Red Wing boat, PTERODACTYL by just over 2 minutes on corrected time to take the 4th annual Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Pro Team Challenge section of the 89th annual Mackinac Race. The Tiger boat, WINDSHADOW finished 3rd, the Pistons boat, RAMPAGE finished 4th.
Not only did SHENANIGAN finish first in the Pro Team Challenge, they also finished first in their racing class (PHRF F).
The crew members are:
  • Dan Synowiec (Co-Skipper)
  • Paul Goddard
  • Jody Kjoller
  • Frank Lyons
  • Chris McCardell
  • Dianna Synowiec
Congratulations to the Detroit Lions and the crew of SHENANIGAN.
The crew of the SHENANIGAN receiving the Pro Team Challenge flag at Ford Field.  Photo by Dan Graschuck.

Powerboats speeding down the Detroit River.
Story and Photos by Mike Alberts
Most of us take for granted our proximity to the Detroit River but seldom think anymore of the curious history that brought the Gold Cup Hydroplane Races to be a family tradition in Detroit.  Prohibition was instituted with ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution on January 16, 1919, which prohibited the "...manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States..."
Now you may not link a motor sport to the 18th amendment but in fact there is a clear cut relationship.  The Detroit - Windsor border was a hotbed of "rum-running" during the entire period of Prohibition.  The gangs that organized the importation of Canadian liquor had a strong appetite for fast boats.  These boats were produced by the likes of Chris Smith (Chris Craft), Gar Wood, and Hackercraft.  The Bootleggers knew that staying alive was often a matter of who had the fastest boat - the police or the bootleggers. 
So here we are 95 years after the start and one man's legacy, Gar Wood and his Detroit Yacht Club, still play a prominent role in the staging of these traditional races.  Gar Wood began construction just after the implementation of Prohibition on the current Detroit Yacht Club site on Belle Isle.  His boats were the fastest and the best.  Wood won five straight Gold Cup races between 1917 and 1921 ... picking up the trophy eventually 9 times.  What is truly amazing is that the Detroit Yacht Club 95 years later came to the rescue of the Gold Cup Races by fundraising and promoting the event.  Parties, golf outings, and promotional activities played a key role in the staging of this year's races.  The event also got help from the Jarvis Property Restoration company and none other than Kid Rock.
This year's race was won by Spirit of Qatar.  Thousands of fans, families, and racers enjoyed the hot but exciting spectacle on the River, giving barely a thought to the history of this .... the oldest Trophy in Motorsports.  The American Powerboat Association Gold Cup.
#55 LB Stephen Tulloch receives the Lions/DBSA/PFWA Media Friendly "Good Guy" Award for 2012.  DSBA Secretary Sherrie Handrinos, President Vicki Foley, Treasurer Bill Wischman & V-P James Rein were on hand.  Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
#84 WR Ryan Broyles receives the Lions/DSBA 2012 Rookie of the Year Award. DSBA Secretary Sherrie Handrinos, President Vicki Foley, Treasurer Bill Wischman & V-P James Rein handed out the award.  Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
The late great author Elmore Leonard (front row far right), is pictured with DSBA Associate Member Robert Dempster (back row right).  The remaining people are Peter Leonard, Ken Calvert and Ron Ellman.  Photo taken at "Detroit Rocks!"
Members on the Go 
  • Frank Beckmann, DSBA Active Member & voice of the Michigan football Wolverines, announced his retirement from calling U-M games following the 2013 season.
  • Vicki Foley, DSBA Present; Jon Yinger, DSBA Active Member and George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director, comprised this year's DSBA-Specs Howard Scholarship Interview Panel.  Eight candidates were interviewed in person from August 1-8.
  • Ken Kal, DSBA Past President & radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings, carried on the legacy of Budd Lynch at the annual Budd Lynch Memorial Golf Classic on June 28th at the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club.
  • Ken Kal, DSBA Active and radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings on 97.1 FM The Ticket, called his first Detroit Tigers game on August 15th in Dan Dickerson's absence.
  • Bruce Madej, DSBA Associate Member and U-M Associate Athletic Director - Special Projects, announced his intent to retire from the University at the end of the year.
  • Dan Miller, DSBA Active Member and Sports Director of WJBK-TV Fox-2 SportsWorks, received the 2012-13 season Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association on July 8th at the 27th DSBA Charity Golf Scramble in Shelby Township.
  • Will Tieman and Wendy Hart, DSBA Active Members, were inducted August 19th in Traverse City into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Hall of Fame.  Will & Wendy operate the Spartan Sports Network.
  • Candise Watts, DSBA Active Member, has retired from Warren Consolidated Schools and Warren Cousino High School's WPHS Radio and WCS-TV as its faculty adviser.  The DSBA wishes Candise the best of everything in her retirement!
  • Fox Sports 1 has hired Ryan Field of Fox Sports Detroit as an anchor/reporter based in Los Angeles.  The DSBA wishes Ryan the best of luck in his new endeavor.
  • Fox Sports 1 is staffing up for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.  The network has hired one-time Detroit Red Wing star (and current front office executive) Chris Chelios and Michelle Kwan to serve as Olympic analysts, joining a roster that includes previous additions, Picabo Street and Andy Finch, who will work the Games onsite as well.  The analysts will focus on the sports in which they completed - figure skating for Kwan, hockey for Chelios, alpine skiing for Street and snowboarding for Finch - but they'll also be part of group discussions on general Olympic topics.
  • The United States Golf Association, the governing body of the game of golf in the United States, and FOX Sports, the No.1 network for sports television since 1997, today announced a comprehensive multi-media agreement that makes the FOX network and FOX Sports 1 the principal domestic media partner of the USGA and the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open Championships, as well as the USGA's national amateur championships and other live content, beginning in 2015. The landmark, 12-year agreement, which runs through 2026, brings premier major championship golf for the first time ever to the FOX broadcast network, home to the country's greatest sports events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, Daytona 500 and World Cup. The agreement was announced today by USGA President Glen D. Nager and USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and Fox Sports Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks.
  • The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism recently created The Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award, which will be awarded to a sports journalist or broadcaster who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.
  • Fox Sports announced last week it had added the rights to three additional NASCAR Sprint Cup series events as well as the first 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series events of each season. Fox now holds rights to the first 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup series races, including the Daytona 500, the first 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. In addition, Fox and NASCAR reached an agreement on an extension that will run from 2015 to 2024. (Sports Business Daily reported the deal was worth $3.8 billion.) Fox said it will air nine Sprint Cup races on Fox and seven on Fox Sports 1.
  • Former Detroit Lions quarterback Gary Danielson, now SEC game analyst on CBS, weighed in on the upcoming SEC Network, in "I think there is some danger in that these networks, instead of buying the rights, are now partnering with the conference, and not just the SEC. They are sharing in profits. We are entering uncharted waters and all of us have to work harder to make sure we are telling the story as straight as possible."
Don Kremer
DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member
Ed Kaltz
Former DSBA Member
Vito LoPiccolo 
Honorary Lifetime Member

Paul Pentecost
Honorary Lifetime Member
Shawn Burr
Friend of the DSBA
James Ramsey
DSBA Associate Member
Matt Brunsman
Warren De La Salle Radio
Andrew Chmura
Warren De La Salle Radio
Frank Mazzella
Online Sports Reporter
Chase Numbers
Rochester College Hockey Media Relations
Trayan Q. Samuel Jr.
Steve Stuckey
Detroit Pistons & Lions Crew and MHSAA Official
Richard Wilson
Retired - Detroit Horse Racing Publicist
The following DSBA Members have paid their 2013 Dues since our last list was published in The Scoreboard.  They join 127 others whose names were previously published.  If you have not done so, please remit your payment to:  DSBA Treasurer, P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-7113
Matt Barnhart
Kyle Bauer
Matt Brunsman (S)
Deanna Caldwell
Mark Champion
Andrew Chmura (S)
Dave Frisco
Bill Keenist
Ben Manges
Frank Mazzella
Vic Michaels
Chase Numbers (S)
Eamonn Reynolds
Neal Ruhl
Trayon Q. Samuel, Jr. (S)
Steve Stuckey
Richard Wilson
(S) = Student Member
A vote was 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.  The vote passed with a majority in favor:
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.
Dear George,
Thank you for choosing to support Eastern Michigan!  It's generosity like yours that makes a difference.  I hope you take pride knowing that you are one of the reasons students, faculty and alumni are successful.
Best Regards,
Jackie Richardson
Director of Annual Giving
(ED. NOTE: This is a response to the DSBA donation from book sales of John Fountain's "Those 1940 Detroit Tigers" of which half of the proceeds are sent to EMU and the Fountain Broadcasters Scholarship Fund.)
Dear Mr. Eichorn:
I would like to sincerely thank you for supporting our Community Cares Dinner & Auction Fundraiser event by placing a business size ad in our Program. On March 4, 2013 we processed your credit card in the amount of $100.00 per your request. Thank you for your support. Thank you for making it possible for us to help keep many folks in their homes - the place that brings them the greatest measure of joy, peace and independence.
Most Sincerely,
Karyn Dombrowski Curro
Executive Director
Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
Dear Friend of the Shawn Burr Foundation,
On behalf of our foundation board of directors, and most importantly, the children, adults, and families who will benefit from your contribution, we thank you for your generous donation in memory of our Founder and President, Shawn C. Burr.
As you know, Shawn passed away on August 5, 2013 after a long battle with AML.  Ironically, it wasn't the cancer that caused his death as his cancer was in remission and he was on the road to recovery, but an accidental fall down the steps in his home led to his untimely death.  This type of accident could happen to any of us.  Life is short.
With that being said, let us all cherish each moment we have on this earth.  Like Shawn, let us continue to give back and make a positive difference in this world.  Although his laughter, jokes, and boyish charm are no longer physically with us, they live on forever in our hearts and minds.  Like Burrzie, encourage a young person today, someone who is hurting, down, discouraged, or ill with cancer or some other life ailment.  In my life experience with Shawn, he always took the time to sign an extra autograph for a child, help someone in need, and even made fun of himself to help others get their minds off of their own problems.  I miss my friend dearly, as do all of you.  He will never be forgotten by how he lived, and the joy he brought to so many of us.  Pass it on, bless someone's life today with a pat on the back, a smile, or by offering a word of encouragement.
We are all here for a "cup of coffee" and life is one on this earth before you know it.  In memory of Shawn, I thank you for caring and for "paying it foward, always!"  Your donation in memory of Shawn will be going to blood cancer research and treatment.  Together, we are battling AML until the final buzzer sounds.
Kindest regards,
David P. Goetze, MA, LLP, NCP
Vice President - Secretary
SBF Business Manager
For exclusive DSBA photographs by Mike Alberts, Robert Benko, Bill Eisner, Ben Eriksson, David Friso, Frank Garza, Dan Graschuck, Nick Martines and Janet Slabaugh, please go to:


Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Detroit Red Wings Day at DSBA 
Featuring Red Wings Executive Vice President & General Manager Ken Holland & other team executives
Time: 11:45 a.m.
 Site: Hockeytown Cafe, 2201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 
Cost: $15 DSBA Members, Media and Guests
RSVP: or 586-558-9103

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
U-M Vs. MSU Annual Tablegate Luncheon
Featuring MSU & U-M Guest Speakers
Time: 12 Noon
Site & Cost: TBA

Scoreboard Editor:  George Eichorn
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

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter      
This email was sent to by |  
Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association | P.O. Box 1222 | Warren | MI | 48090