January/February 2014 DSBA E-Newsletter

Main BannerJanuary / February 2014


I could not have thought of a better way to kick-off 2014 than the Hockeytown Winter Festival and the NHL Winter Classic battle at the Big House. There was some great hockey, an exciting Classic game, with a bittersweet outcome, and a truly authentic Michigan outdoor hockey experience provided by Mother Nature. With that being said, the "Polar Vortex" can stop any time now. Congratulations and "Thank You" to the Detroit Red Wings and everyone involved in the execution of these spectacular events!
I'm looking forward to an excellent year for the DSBA, with plenty of events and opportunities for members, as well as continued growth of our membership and our mission - supporting education, specifically broadcast/media curriculums at local high schools and colleges. With that said, I would like to welcome the following NEW sponsors and financial supporters of the DSBA team - Ilitch Holdings (Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers), the Detroit Pistons, the University of Toledo, Marx Layne, and Cherry Creek Golf and Banquet Center. I would also like to thank all of our members for another year of friendship and support, and also our ongoing sponsors for their continued contributions and efforts: Farm Bureau Insurance, Lotus Bank, the Detroit Lions, Spartan Sports network, Wright & Fillipis, Dooley's and Ginopolis' Bar-B-Q Smokehouse.
Please be sure to RSVP and join us at 11:45 am at Hockeytown Café on February 5th for our annual DSBA Detroit Tigers luncheon with Tiger's President, CEO & General Manager, Dave Dombrowski. With all of the big off-season changes for the Tigers, this is a great opportunity to gain an exclusive perspective on the upcoming season.
Best wishes to all who love the game and bring it home to fans through every medium. Here's to a great 2014!


The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has awarded the 2012-13 sports season Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award" to Mr. John Hahn, Vice President-Corporate Communication, Ilitch Holdings Inc. He is the former Senior Director of Public Relations, Detroit Red Wings. The award was presented at the DSBA Annual Christmas Party at Sinbad's in Detroit. The Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award" by the DSBA annually recognizes the quality and tireless work performed by Detroit-area sports media relations/public relations professionals. Hahn has worked for Ilitch Holdings, Detroit Red Wings, University of Miami and Churchill Downs in his distinguished career.
"We're thrilled that the DSBA is honoring John Hahn with this important award," said Vicki Foley, President, DSBA. "John is a long-time mainstay with the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena and his commitment to sports broadcasters and writers is appreciated."
Previous Kathy Best 'BEST OF THE BEST' Award winners are:
  • 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


Offensive guard Larry Warford has been named the 2013 Detroit Lions Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
Warford started all 16 regular season games and won a majority of the vote by members of the DSBA.  Finishing second in the voting was defensive end Ezekiel Ansah who recorded 32 tackles (19 solo) and 8 sacks.  Other top candidates were cornerback Darius Slay, punter Sam Martin and tight end Joseph Fauria.
Warford, a third-round selection for the Lions in last year's draft, was a key piece to an offensive line that led the league in fewest sacks allowed for much of the season.  The award will be presented to Warford prior to the 2014 season.  Warford earlier was awarded the ProFootballFocus.com NFL Rookie of the Year. 
Previous Lions-DSBA Rookie of the Year Award winners:
  • 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


The Detroit Chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association in conjunction with the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association today named guard Rob Sims of  the Detroit Lions as its 2013 Media-Friendly "Good Guy" Award winner.  The Good Guy Award is awarded annually to the Detroit Lions player who shows consideration to, and cooperation with the media at all times during the course of the season.  The award will be presented to Sims prior to the 2014 NFL season.  Sims was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State University.  On April 5, 2010, Sims was traded to the Lions for defensive end Robert Henderson.  The Lions also sent a 5th Round pick for a 7th Round pick as part of the trade in the 2010 NFL Draft.  (Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions/NFL).

Photo courtesy of Dave Reginek.
DEC. 4, 2013 

Right wing Gustav Nyquist (#14) of the Detroit Red Wings, accepts his 2013 Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) - Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award prior to the December 4, 2013 Red Wings game from DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn (center) and DSBA Marketing Director & Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Harrington (left) at Joe Louis Arena.  Nyquist had 3 goals, 3 assists in 22 regular season games and 2 goals and 3 assists in 14 playoff games last season.  He hails from Halmstad, Sweden and was Detroit's 4th round selection (121st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.


The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) announces the awarding of the 2013 Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Grant Funds to area schools and colleges.  Our awards total $4,700.  We thank sponsors Farm Bureau Insurance, Lotus Bank, participants of the DSBA Charity Golf Outing and numerous other donors for making these DSBA grants possible.
1.  Royal Oak High School
2.  Rockford High School
3.  Plymouth-Canton High School
4.  St. Clair Shores Lakeview High School
5.  Livonia Stevenson High School
6.  Warren Cousino High School
7.  University of Detroit Mercy
8.  Specs Howard School of Media Arts - Three Students
'The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has a rich tradition of supporting young men and women pursuing sports and news broadcasting careers," said George Eichorn, Executive Director, DSBA.  "We are very proud to recognize students and programs in Detroit, Livonia, Plymouth, Rockford, Royal Oak, Southfield and Warren."
Added Vicki Foley, DSBA President: "We are extremely happy to give back to our community as part of our mission as an organization.  It is so important to reach out to these schools and students as they mold future sportscasters, writers and reporters."
For more information, contact:
George Eichorn

Dan Miller will be honored at the 55th Annual NSSA
Awards Weekend, June 7-9.

NBC's Mike 'Doc' Emrick has been elected 2013 National Sportscaster of the Year and Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King has won his third National Sportswriter of the Year Award in the last four years.
In Michigan, Detroit Lions' radio play-by-play announcer and WJBK-TV sports director Dan Miller won his first Sportscaster of the Year Award.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press won the Sportswriter of the Year Award for the first time as well.
Finalists for the award were nominated by NSSA members from mid-October to mid-November. Final balloting took place during the month of December. Marv Albert and Rick Reilly have been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, executive director Dave Goren announced. Albert, a longtime network play-by-play announcer, and Reilly, who spent the bulk of his career at Sports Illustrated before moving to ESPN, will be honored during the 55th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 7-9 in Salisbury, NC.
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Two of the greatest names in racing soon will share the same address. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, motor racing's Cooperstown, announced today that it will move its operations and collection of historic racing machines and memorabilia from the Detroit area to the "World Center of Racing," Daytona International Speedway by January 2016.
The move coincides with the scheduled January 2016 completion of DAYTONA Rising, the speedway's $400 million frontstretch renovation project currently underway.
Plans call for the Hall of Fame's displays featuring cars, images, stories and bronze sculptures of 209 icons of American motorsports to be located in the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building, which was formerly known as the "DAYTONA 500 Experience."
Vehicles and artifacts representative of the diversity of motorized competition celebrated by the Hall of Fame, including Open Wheel, Stock Cars, Motorcycles, Aviation, Drag Racing, Sports Cars and Powerboats, will be exhibited as a regular part of the tours admission at Daytona International Speedway all year long.
"The partnership between Daytona International Speedway and the Hall of Fame is a match made in racing heaven," said Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. "The Hall gets a home within one of America's most famous and best-loved sports venues. Race fans and tourists who come to Daytona will have another great attraction to visit throughout the year."
"Daytona International Speedway is an iconic racing venue and will be a fitting home to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "Having the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America right here in Daytona will complement DAYTONA Rising and provide another reason for race fans to visit Daytona International Speedway."
Daytona International Speedway offers three different types of tours - a 30-minute, 90-minute All-Access and a three-hour VIP tour. More information on the tours can be found at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours.
In addition, the champion Daytona 500 car will continue to be on display at the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours building and be a part of the Speedway tours.
DAYTONA Rising, which broke ground last July at Daytona International Speedway, is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon - Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or "injectors," will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or "neighborhoods," along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. Fans can follow the project online by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.
Tickets for the next Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremony, August 6, 2014 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit, can be purchased by calling 248-349-7223 or through the Hall of Fame's website www.mshf.com.


The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will induct its 26th class of racing legends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Detroit's historic Fillmore Theater. Those being honored include Ole Bardahl, Raymond Beadle, John Bishop, Ricky Graham, Arie Luyendyk, Marshall Teague and Rusty Wallace.
"Once again, the depth and breadth of American motorsports is reflected in the 2014 class of inductees," says Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is racing's Cooperstown, memorializing achievement in all forms of motorized competition. Over the years, 209 motorsports luminaries have been inducted. The 99-person nominating panel itself reads like a who's who of racing, including names like Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Craig Breedlove and Richard Petty.
Ole Bardahl (1902-89) - As founder of the Bardahl Oil Company, Bardahl was convinced success in motorsports would be a great selling point. By the mid-'50s, his additives were #1 in the world with distributorships across the globe. Bardahl sponsored IndyCars for over 25 years, his "Miss Bardahl" powerboats won 6 national championships and 5 Gold Cups, and the "Miss Bardahl II" P-51 Mustang won the 1968 Reno Air-Races Transcontinental National Championship.
Raymond Beadle (1943-) - "Blue Max," one of the most famous names in drag racing, is synonymous with Raymond Beadle. During the 1970s, Beadle and his Blue Max Funny Car were nearly as popular as "Jungle Jim" Liberman and as proficient as Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, his key rivals. Beadle's Blue Max Funny Cars won three consecutive NHRA (1979-1981) championships and three IHRA championships (1975-76 & 1981). As a NASCAR owner (1983-1990) his team won the 1989 Cup title with Rusty Wallace behind the wheel.
John Bishop (1926-) - Bishop was a visionary for organized sports car racing in the United States. He helped create the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) for Group 7 sports cars and was instrumental in founding the SCCA Trans-Am and SCCA/CASC Can-Am series. And that was just for starters. In 1969, Bishop played a key role in founding the International Motorsports Association. IMSA's GT series introduced international endurance racing to North America in 1971. In 1973, IMSA sanctioned the 12 Hours of Sebring for the first time. Bishop's encouragement of "special prototypes" led to the creation of the highly successful GTP class of racing.
Ricky Graham (1958-98) - An AMA Grand National Champion three times (1982, 1984 & 1993), Graham is considered by many to be one of the most talented dirt-track racers ever. He posted 39 career Grand National victories, seven Sportster Performance national wins and was 1993 AMA Athlete of the Year. That year, he won a record 12 races, including six straight to establish the longest winning streak in AMA Grand National history. A fifth-place in the Del Mar Mile in 1997 proved to be his final race. Graham's life was cut short by a tragic house fire in early 1998.
Arie Luyendyk (1953-) - The two-time Indy 500 winner started his career in the early '70s, winning Dutch national titles. He won the U.S. Formula Super Vee championship in 1984 and was Indy 500 and IndyCar Rookie of the Year the following season. His success at The Brickyard included wins in 1990 and '97, poles in '93, '97 and '99, and retiring from the lead on three occasions. In 1996, he set the Indy qualifying lap record at 237.498 mph. A three-time participant in the International Race of Champions, Luyendyk also won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Marshall Teague (1921-59) - A gifted driver and mechanic, Teague is credited with pioneering factory participation in NASCAR when he persuaded the Hudson Motor Car Company to back him. In 1951-52, Teague piloted a "Fabulous Hudson Hornet." He won seven NASCAR races in total before moving to the AAA stock car circuit, where he won the 1952 and '54 titles. Teague also prepared winning mounts for fellow drivers Herb Thomas and Dick Rathmann. His best Indy 500 finish was 7th (1957). Teague died in a reconfigured IndyCar two years later while attempting a closed-course speed record at the newly opened Daytona International Speedway.
Rusty Wallace (1956-) - Prior to becoming a NASCAR superstar, the Missouri native made a name for himself winning 200 short-track races. Wallace was USAC's stock car Rookie of the Year in 1979 and ASA champ in 1983. He finished second in his first NASCAR start and became 1984 Rookie of the Year after joining the series full time. In 1989, Wallace scored six wins and the Cup title with Raymond Beadle's Blue Max team. He notched a career-high 10 wins and was runner-up to Dale Earnhardt in the title race with Penske Racing in 1993. Wallace's 55 career wins rank 9th all-time. Since his retirement, Wallace has provided commentary for NASCAR events on ABC and ESPN.
Tickets for the induction ceremony can be purchased by calling 248-349-7223 or through the Hall of Fame's website www.mshf.com.
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Jerry Coleman, Lifetime Member of the American Sportscasters Association and voice of the San Diego Padres for over 40 years, died on January 5th after a brief illness. He was 89. 

A former second baseman with the New York Yankees for nine seasons, Coleman was named Rookie of the Year in 1949, earned the 1950 World Series Most Valuable Player award and won four World Series titles. Among his teammates were Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto and Johnny Mize.

Twice during his tenure as a player, Coleman's career was interrupted because of military service as a Marine pilot. During World War II and Korea, he flew 120 missions, received two distinguished flying crosses, 13 Air Medals and three Navy citations.

Coleman made his broadcast debut in 1960, handling pre-game interviews for  Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese on CBS TV's "Game of the Week."  Beginning in 1963, Coleman joined a Yankees radio team featuring Mel Allen, Red Barber, Joe Garagiola and Phil Rizzuto. In 1970, Coleman moved to southern California to host the Angels' pre-game show, while anchoring the evening sportscasts of KTLA-TV. 

In 1972, Coleman became the voice of the Padres in the club's fourth season. Coleman left the broadcast booth in 1980 to become field manager for the Padres, a stint that lasted just one year after he guided the club to a sixth-place finish. 
Coleman was a San Diego-area institution, with his trademark calls such as "Oh Doctor!" and "You can hang a star on that." He broadcast two World Series and 18 League Championship Series.
Around Petco Park and on Padres radio broadcasts, Coleman was known as "The Colonel," having retired from the Marines with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was the only major leaguer to see combat in two wars.
He also was known for malaprops, like the time he was describing Dave Winfield going back for a long fly ball.
"I said, 'Winfield hit his head against the wall and it's rolling toward the infield.' I meant the ball, of course," Coleman said in 2012.
Recently, Coleman's broadcast schedule had been reduced to home day games. He also did a pregame interview with Padres manager Bud Black, who said Coleman was self-deprecating and preferred to talk about the Padres rather than anything he'd done with the Yankees or in the Marines.

In 2005, Coleman received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2012, the Padres unveiled a statue of Coleman outside Petco Park.

ASA speaks out on the passing of Jerry Coleman:
"Jerry Coleman was one of a kind. A great ballplayer, a great sportscaster, a great American and a great person. His sense of humor and passion for the game of baseball inspired many Padres fans, whether the team was winning or losing. What a great loss not only to baseball but to all sports fans."   

"My sincerest condolences to his wonderful family, his friends and his loyal fans."
  ~ Louis O. Schwartz, President, American Sportscasters Association

"We have lost a real American hero, a winning ballplayer, outstanding broadcaster and true gentleman with the passing of Jerry Coleman.  I always looked forward to seeing Jerry when our teams got together.  His friendliness, humor and love of the game were an inspiration to me.  This is a huge loss for baseball, and my sincerest prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and Padres fans who got to hear him all these years."
~ Bob Carpenter, Washington Nationals TV

"Mr. Coleman was an American hero, lucky for us he was around, and personally I feel privileged of knowing him, and specially talking baseball with him. My deepest sympathy to his wife and all his family."
~Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Spanish voice of the L.A. Angels & Oakland A's

"Jerry Coleman was an outstanding baseball broadcaster. I recall fondly the post-season lineup on CBS Radio in the day: Coleman, Ernie Harwell, Ned Martin, Gene Elston, John Rooney, and Vin Scully with Sparky Anderson on World Series analysis. What a lineup that was! We'll miss your outstanding calls Jerry!"
~ George Eichorn, Executive Director, Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.


JOHN "TERRY" MURPHY Age 79 of Northville, passed away on December 30, 2013. Born June 24, 1934 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Loving husband of 56 years to Ann (Cechowski). Beloved father of Dr. Rosanne (Dr. Michael Cotant) Murphy, Brian P. Murphy and Kathleen (Dennis) Lion. Proud grandfather of Michael Cotant, Joseph Cotant, John Cotant, Anne Marie Lion, Meghan Rose Cotant, Claire Lion, Kathleen Lion and Dennis Lion. Mr. Murphy worked for the Detroit Red Wings organization for 24 years as Director of Sales and Advertising and the same position for seven years for the Detroit Pistons. A Funeral Service was  held on Monday, January 6, 2014 at St. Kenneth Catholic Church.  Share memories at schrader-howell.com 
RICHARD "DICK" BULLER age 93 passed away on January 2, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born in Acme, Michigan on June 28th, 1920. A veteran of WWII, he served the US Army as a radio operator and was sent to Japan after the bombing of Hiroshima to help with the nation's rebuilding. After returning from the war in 1946, he completed his education at the University of Michigan and was hired as a disc jockey at a new radio station, WKMH, in Dearborn, Michigan in February 1947 and had a signature night time show aptly named "Sugar and Spice". In 1963, the radio station underwent an amazing change and became WKNR - Keener 13 - a perennial rock favorite in the Detroit area and Dick was a part of their newsroom. He remained at the radio station through one more change to WNIC in 1972 and retired in June 1985. Music played an important role in Dick's life - he met his wife of 62 years, Florence, while playing in Bill Sawyer's dance band at the Houghton Lake Playhouse. Music always filled the house - usually Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman or Duke Ellington. Retirement found Dick and Florence traveling the country to be with their three children and six grandchildren. He is survived by his son, Richard Buller (Theresa) of St. Louis, MO; his daughter Deborah VanIttersum (Cliff) of Chesterfield, MO; and his daughter Katherine Kaherl (Dave) of Burlington, CT; grandchildren Derek VanIttersum (Wendy) of Hudson, OH, Julia Shafer (Robert) of Hastings, MI, Kyle VanIttersum (Christina Luster) of Manhattan, KS, Sarah Bennick (Aaron) of Philadelphia, PA, Ryland Buller of Juneau, AK and David Kaherl of Boston, MA. In addition, Dick is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Lucy and Abigail Shafer, and Matteo and Theo VanIttersum; and two brothers, Ronald Buller and Roger Buller both of Traverse City, MI. He is pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Florence, and his brother, Raymond Buller. Donations can be made to the The Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund , 12101 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 102, St. Louis, MO 63141. Burial will be private.
From The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press
February 2   Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, New York-New Jersey
February 3   Waiver system begins for 2014
February 17  First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
February 19-25  NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana 
March 1  NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 3  Prior to 4:00 pm NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 8-11  Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 pm NY time, on March 11.  However, a contract cannot be executed with the new club until 4:00 pm NY time on March 11.
March 11  Top-51 Begins.  All clubs must be under the 2014 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 pm NY time
March 11  All 2013 player contracts will expire at 4:00 pm NY time
March 11  The 2014 League Year and Free Agency period begins at 4:00 pm NY time
March 11  Trading period for 2014 begins at 4:00 pm, NY time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts
March 23-26  Owners meeting, Orlando, Florida
April 7  Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin off-season workout programs
April 21  Offseason workout program begins
May 2  Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets
May 7 Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents
May 8-10  2014 NFL Draft, New York City, New York
June 22-28  Rookie Symposium
July 15  At 4:00 pm NY time, deadline for any Club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension.  After this date, the player may only sign a one-year contract with his Prior Club for the 2014 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the Club's last regular season game.
July  Teams report to training camp no sooner than 15 days prior to the team's first preseason game
September 4, 7-8  Kickoff Weekend 2014
DSBA Associate Member Larry Paladino (left) was recently inducted into the Detroit Major Senior Baseball League Hall of Fame.
Members on the Go 
  • Jim Brandstatter, DSBA Active Member and a Past President, was named as a 2014 inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. This is the 58th Class. The induction ceremony and dinner takes place February 28th at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Dorne Dibble, Jason Hanson, Alexi Lalas, Nicklas Lidstrom, Tom Mach and John Smoltz are also being inducted. Call (248) 473-0656 for tickets and information.
  • Brad Galli, DSBA Active Member, will host the 7 Sports Cave each Sunday morning 11 a.m. Channel 7 (WXYZ-TV).  He will be joined on the show by "some of the loudest, most opinionated voices in sports...writers, reporters, radio jocks and players...who will hash over the misses, hits, and big moves in Detroit sports."  Galli added "This is the best sports town in the country, with such incredibly passionate fans.  I'm excited to engage in great conversations every Sunday with the best sports minds in Detroit, and interact with fans at the same times.  Whether you're on the couch watching TV or miles away viewing from your phone or tablet, this will be a weekly must-watch for sports fans."
  • Gus Ganakas and Vito LoPiccolo were named DSBA Lifetime Honorary Members. Ganakas has been providing expert analysis on MSU Basketball broadcasts for 28 consecutive years as heard on WJR-AM & the Spartan Sports Network.  LoPiccolo founded "Motor City Motor Sports" on WLQV Radio and other Metro Detroit radio stations, and is now retired.
  • Steve Purdy, DSBA Active Member, announces "A SHUNPIKER'S JOURNAL," his new radio show, has been bundled with five others and they are aired (Web broadcast) every Wednesday 1 and 7 PM and even Thursday 1 and 7 AM. Find it at: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com. Go to "Listen Now" at those times. Podcasts will be available later. The current show is about the business of automobile tourism - interviews with the MotorCities National Heritage Area, the RE Olds Museum, Concours official Brian Joseph and Dave Lorenz of Pure Michigan.
  • Matt Steigenga, DSBA Active Member started his sixth year providing commentary on MSU Basketball as heard locally on WJR-AM & the Spartan Sports Network.
  • Will Tieman, DSBA Active Member and Past President, is in his 12th straight season as play-by-play voice of MSU Basketball as heard on WJR & the Spartan Sports Network.
  • Art Vuolo, DSBA Associate Member, was thanked by the DSBA Executive Board for his outstanding video highlights used in the Frank Beckmann tribute at the UM-MSU Tablegate luncheon last October at the Skyline Club.  
Chad Crunk was named Manager of Media Relations for the Detroit Tigers. He previously was Assistant Director of Media Relations at the University of Arkansas.
Lew Matlin, the 92-year-old onetime Detroit Tigers front-office executive, was a guest of WLNS-TV sportscaster Fred Heumann at the annual DSBA Christmas Party on December 13, 2013, at Sinbad's in Detroit.
Mike Stone left the Channel 7 Sports Update as its expert commentator the last 16 years.
Eric Nadel, who has spent the last 35 years as the voice of the Texas Rangers, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
"I'm so excited and tremendously flattered by this honor," Nadel said. "As a kid from Brooklyn who was a radio junkie, I grew up idolizing six of the past winners of the Frick Award. It is mind-boggling for me to be a part of the list of winners. To arrive at this level of recognition, I'm very, very proud."
Nadel will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 26, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014. Nadel becomes the first primary voice of the Texas Rangers to be honored with the Frick Award, as he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame's 20-member Frick Award Committee.
"Eric Nadel's play-by-play has entertained Rangers fans across the Lone Star State and throughout the Southwest during warm Texas nights since 1979," said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "From Nolan Ryan's memorable milestones to American League Championship clinching moments, Eric's crisp, energetic and enthusiastic delivery of Texas Rangers baseball has transcended multiple generations for 35 seasons."
Born May 15, 1951, Nadel grew up in Brooklyn as a Dodgers fan and graduated from Brown University in 1972 with a sports broadcasting career in his sights. After calling pro hockey and basketball games for most of the 1970s, Nadel was hired by the Rangers in 1979. He teamed with Mark Holtz on Rangers radio from 1982-94, then took over as the team's lead radio voice in 1995. He called Nolan Ryan's 5,000th career strikeout on Aug. 22, 1989, and has been the narrator for the Rangers' six playoff berths and two American League pennants since 1996.
Nadel learned Spanish upon the arrival of many Latin American stars on the Rangers in the 1980s and has called games in Spanish in Latin American countries during the MLB offseason. Nadel, who's signature home run call, "That ball is history!," has become a part of the Rangers' lexicon.
Nadel, who is a member of both the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame,  will be honored at the Hall of Fame's Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 26 in Cooperstown, along with 2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Roger Angell, who was selected by the BBWAA on December 10. Joe Garagiola will also be honored during the event with the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nadel was chosen from a list of 10 finalists selected in October, featuring three fan selections from an online vote and seven broadcasters chosen by a research committee from the Cooperstown-based museum. The final ballot featured broadcasters whose main contributions came from the mid-1980s to the present, identified as the High Tide Era following the restructuring of the Frick Award election process by the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors this summer. The 10 finalists were: Joe Castiglione,Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete Van Wieren. In September, a total of 20,968 votes were cast in the Museum's online fan poll for inclusion on the final 10-name ballot, with Doucet, King and Kuiper as the top three fan poll selections.
The Ford C. Frick Award is voted upon annually and is named in memory of the sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and Baseball commissioner.
Don Kremer
DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member
Leo Martin
DSBA Honoary Lifetime Member
Martin Eichorn 
New (Detroit) Monitor
Brad Galli  
Channel 7 Sports Anchor/Reporter
Jeremy Olstyn  
Warren Consolidated Schools TV - Cousino High School Radio
Thomas Skinner  
Student Broadcast Foundation
The following members have paid their 2014 DSBA Membership Dues.  If you have not done so already, please send your dues check to DSBA, P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48909-1222.  Thank you.
Rod Allen
Scott Allen 
Bryan Bender
George Benko
Robert Benko
Tony Bielski
George Blaha
Marc Blancke
Jim Brandstatter
Zachary Damon
Ken Daniels
Dennis Davidson
Robert Dorogi
George Eichorn
Martin Eichorn
Bill Eisner
Rich Eldridge
Alan Fellhauer
Ed Fernandez
Brad Galli
David Goetze 
Sherrie Handrinos
Bill Harrington
Wendy Hart
Mario Impemba
Ken Kal
Ken Kolb
Thom Lengyel
Mark Lewkowicz
John Love
Sal Malek
Mike Murray
Jeremy Olstyn 
Larry Paladino
Steve Purdy
Rick Rachner
Jim Rein
Tom Ryan 
Trayon Samuel (S)
James Schmehl
Drew Sharp
Matthew Sisoler (S)
Thomas Skinner
Matt Stiegenga
Jayson Strayhorn
Will Tieman
Art Vuolo
Robert Williams
Scott Wilson
Bill Wischman
Jon Yinger
Eli Zaret
(S) = Student Member
The following members have made Grant Fund donations since the last newsletter was published.  We thank them for their generous support!
George Benko
Robert Benko 
George Eichorn
Gus Ganakas
Bill Harrington
Ken Kal
Mike Murray
Tom Ryan 
Jon Yinger
We are now accepting written DSBA Grant Fund proposals for 2014. 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 DSBA1@yahoo.com. 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 DSBA1@yahoo.com or 586-558-9103. The deadline is April 30, 2014.
Thank you for your recent donation to Team Mental Health/Team Cares on behalf of Miriam L. Rein.  Your donation will make a difference in the lives of many mentally ill individuals who are unable to afford medication, transportation and appropriate nutrition  Your generosity is appreciated.
Pamela Lamb
President/COO, Team Mental Health Services
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: www.dsba1.org


Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Detroit Tigers Day at DSBA
Featuring Dave Dombrowski, Tigers' CEO/President/GM
Time: 11:45 am
Venue: Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit
Cost: $15 Members

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 Website:www.dsba1.org
DSBA E-mail: dsba1@yahoo.com
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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