Main BannerMarch/April 2014


First, I want to congratulate Vicki Foley (President), Jim Rein (Vice President), Bill Wischman (Treasurer), Sherrie Handrinos (Secretary) and Bill Harrington (Sergeant-at-Arms) on their re-election as DSBA Officers for 2014. I also thank those in our organization who expressed interest in running for office but came up a little short of votes. We hope to have another outstanding year in the DSBA.

We started with a "snowstorm" DSBA Tigers Day on February 5th at Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit. More than 35 members and guests braved the elements to hear Dave Dombrowski, Tigers CEO/President/GM speak. He gave his insights on the eve of Spring Training 2014. Special thanks to V-P Ron Colangelo and others from the Detroit Tigers media relations staff for helping organize Dave's appearance and for attending the luncheon.

On Tuesday, April 29, join us for the 
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix DSBA Media Luncheon Presented by Comerica Bank. Join one of the top stars of the Verizon IndyCar series, representatives from the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and Comerica Bank to preview the upcoming Grand Prix, May 30-June 1 at Belle Isle Park. 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will headline the luncheon with Charles Burns, General Manager of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, and Linda Forte, Senior VP of Business Affairs for Comerica Bank. All speakers will be available for one-on-one interviews too. We get started at 11:30 am at the Tiger Club at Comerica Park. You should plan to park in Comerica Park Lot 1 (off of Elizabeth and Woodward) and enter the Tiger Club entrance off Witherell Street. Luncheon cost is to be announced. Plan to join us!

And don't forget the April 30th deadline for Grant Fund applications for Michigan high schools and colleges to apply for broadcast program assistance. It's our way of giving back to the community through our Grant Fund and Charity Golf (July 14th this year) Scramble. Also, save the dates of May 13th for the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race & Pro Team Challenge Drawing DSBA media luncheon at Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit) and June 13th for the  Annual National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame Day at DSBA to be held in Troy...more details will follow.

 Finally, you have until April 25th to purchase a business card or full-page sponsorship in our DSBA Phone Annual Directory. Call me at (586) 558-9103 to save your place in the Directory booklet and thanks to those who have already paid.


The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association joins the Detroit Lions family and the National Football League in mourning the loss of long-time Lions Owner and Chairman William Clay Ford. The DSBA extends its condolences to Mrs. Martha Ford, the Ford Family, the Lions and to the millions of people over these 88 years touched by Mr. Ford's passion for his community through football, the automotive industry, the arts and history, and the health care industry. 
Vicki Foley, DSBA President
George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director
James Rein, DSBA Vice President
William Wischman Jr., DSBA Treasurer
Sherrie Handrinos, DSBA Scretary
Bill Harrington, DSBA Marketing Director
Will Tieman, DSBA Immediate Past President


Story & Photo By Mike Alberts

Dave Dombrowski took time out of a very busy schedule on February 5th to sit down with the media and members at the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Spring Preview at Detroit's Hockeytown Cafe.   He was his usual relaxed, confident, and very humble self.  During the meeting he highlighted the importance of getting Miguel Cabrera back to first base, a move that was made possible by the trade of Prince Fielder to Texas.  That trade opened up a number of changes that will allow rookie Nick Castellanos to move from the outfield to his natural position at third base.  Ian Kinsler will play second and he was part of the trade.  The Tigers said a very reluctant goodbye to their utility infielder Ramon Santiago. 
It is a new team .... with new leadership... with one major exception... Dave Dombrowski will have his firm and steady influence on Detroit's prized MLB franchise.


Robert Benko V.P., Robert Armstrong General Manager, and State Representative Paul Muxlow. Sanilac Broadcasting Company received a Proclamation of Recognition from 83rd District State Representative Paul Muxlow, State Senator Mike Green, State Senator Phil Pavlov, and Governor Rick Snyder, and one from U.S. Congresswomen Candice Miller. (George Benko, President not present.)


Ann Meyers Drysdale, longtime American Sportscasters Association member and a trailblazer in women's college athletics, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Dick Enberg Award presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

Meyers Drysdale, who currently serves as vice president for both the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and NBA's Phoenix Suns, will receive her award during the fifth annual Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame Ceremony on June 9th at CoSIDA's annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Dick Enberg Award, named for the Mount Clemens Michigan native, CMU graduate, legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster and ASA Chairman, is presented annually to a person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America Teams Program and/or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics.  The award was created in part to recognize Enberg's passion and support of the Academic All-America program, and more importantly, his dedication to education for more than four decades.

"Ann Meyers Drysdale stands as one of the nation's outstanding three-sport stars, so skilled in basketball that the NBA offered her a tryout," Enberg said of this year's recipient.  "Ann epitomizes the qualities of the true student-athlete, dedicated and fully appreciative of the rich results stemming from excellence in the classroom and the athletic arena. She was an early model for women in collegiate sports, and I'm deeply pleased that she has accepted the 2014 Enberg Award."

After becoming the first female student athlete to receive a full scholarship to UCLA, Ann went on establish herself as one of the greatest women's college basketball players of all-time.  She was the first college player ever to amass a quadruple double, the first female four-time All-American, and in 1978 she guided UCLA to their one and only women's basketball national championship. That same year she won the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation's top college basketball player and athlete.

In addition to her collegiate success, Meyers Drysdale flourished in international competition as well. She was a member of the U.S. team that won the Gold Medal at the 1975 Pan American Games, and a year later she took home a Silver Medal from the Summer Olympics in Montreal, the first year women's basketball became an Olympic sport. She also won silver medals at the 1977 World University Games and the 1979 Pan American Games.

In 1979, Ann took part in ABC's "Superstars" competition. Although she placed fourth her first year, she came back strong and won the next three consecutive years, prompting her to become the only woman to be invited to compete in the men's event. It was also where she met her future husband, Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale, who was covering the competition for the network. Coincidentally, Don shared the broadcast booth with Enberg for six years calling California Angels baseball and three years on Los Angeles Rams football telecasts and the two became close friends.

An ASA member for over 20 years, Ann has done color commentary for all the major networks. She covered the 1984 Olympics for ABC, the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games for NBC and has worked various assignments for ESPN since 1983. She is currently a member of both the Suns and Mercury television broadcast teams.

Among her many honors, Ann has been inducted into six Halls of Fame, including the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (first female inductee in 1988),  the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1993), and the FIBA Hall of Fame (part of the inaugural class in 2007).


28th Annual DSBA Charity Golf Scramble
Monday, July 14, 2014 at Cherry Creek Golf Club
Commit Today!
Contact: Bill Harrington at (313) 886-5500 or
Or DSBA at (686) 558-9103 or


The DSBA participated in the 3rd annual Team Mental Health Bocce Ball Tournament fundraiser. Bill Wischman, Robert Dempster, Bill Harrington and Ken Kal represented the DSBA. 
Photo courtesy of Jim Rein.
The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame hosted a very successful 58th Induction Event on Friday, February 28th at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in downtown Detroit.  Pictured above (left to right) are HOF Chairman Scott Lesher, inductees John Smoltz, Jason Hanson, Alexi Lalas, Jim Brandstatter, Nick Lidstrom, Tom Mach, Dorne Dibble and Executive Director Jim Stark.  Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
Members on the Go 
Jim Brandstatter, DSBA Past President & Active Member, was inducted on February 28, 2014 into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame's 58th Induction Class, held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. DSBA Members on hand for the induction included: V-P Jim Rein, Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Wischman, Executive Director George Eichorn, Members Frank Beckmann, Butch Davis, Ben Eriksson, Terry Foster, Dan Graschuck, Wendy Hart, Bill Keenist, Scott Lesher, Tom Leyden, Bruce Madej, Dan Miller, Mike Murray, Scott Lesher, Will Tieman, Dana Wakiji and Eli Zaret. DSBA Past President Larry Adderly was also on hand as were former DSBA Members Roger Faulkner, Rob Otto, Warren Pierce, Jim Stark, DSBA Past President, and Tim Pendell. Miller and Leyden were emcees for the festivities.
Jim Brandstatter is being inducted on May 16, 2014 into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame along with other notables such as Dan Reeves, Doug English, Mike Utley and Dominic Raiola (Unsung Hero). 
Ron Cameron, DSBA Active Member, has begun a sports talk show on WCAR 1090 AM (NBC Sportsradio) from 11 AM to 1 PM each Saturday and Sunday.
George Eichorn recently was emcee for the Annual Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Annual Community Dinner at Andiamo's in Warren, raising funds for the elderly and home bound in Macomb and Oakland Counties.
Brad Galli, DSBA Active Member and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Sports Anchor/Reporter hosts "7 Sports Cave" live every Sunday at 11 a.m. on Channel 7. He is joined 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" according to WXYZ.
Ronnie Kadykowski, DSBA Student Member, is a JD candidate at Pepperdine University School of Law. 
Bernie Smilovitz, DSBA Active Member, has a new live sports talk program Monday evenings at TAP at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Detroit. For scheduling, visit Facebook (TAP at MGM Grand Detroit). 
Elizabeth Crenshaw  
Specs Howard Student 
Cameron J. Evans   
John Paul Morosi   
Fox Sports
The following members have paid their 2014 DSBA Membership Dues joining 52 others whose names were previously published here.  If you have not done so already, please send your dues check to DSBA, P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48909-1222.  Thank you.

Al Abrams
Michael Alberts
Jim Arnone
Bill Axtell
Bruce Babiarz
Risa Balayem
Frank Beckmann
Paul Chapman
Andrew Chmura (S)
Elizabeth Crenshaw (S)
Richard Curbelo
John Cwikla
Robert Dempster
Dan Dickerson
Marty Dobek
Jamie Edmonds
Ben Eriksson
Cameron Evans
Anthony Fenech
Vicki Foley
Terry Foster
Grant Froling (S)
Bill Fundaro, Jr.
Frank Garza
P.J. Gradowski
Dan Graschuck
Josh Hakala
John Johnson
Ronnie Kadykowski (S)
Bill Keith
Dick Kernen
Richard Kincaide
Charlie Lemmex
Christine Liniarski
Scott Lesher
John Lewandowski
Tom Leyden
Laura Loviska
Scott MacDonald
Bruce Madej
Tom Mazaway
Dominic Menzo
Vic Michaels
Dan Miller
Jon Paul Morosi
Robert Niederoest
Chase Numbers
Gus Pantelides
Rob Parker
Bernie Smilovitz
Roger Smith
Jim Streeter
Steve Stuckey
John Thiede 
Jeff Weiss
Richard Wilson
Bob Wojnowski
Dan York
(S) = Student Member
The following members have made Grant Fund donations since the last newsletter was published.  We thank them for their generous support!
Paul Chapman
Dan Dickerson
Dan Miller
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 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 April 30, 2014.
Dear Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association,
Thank you so much for the grant money to help us purchase equipment for our Radio and TV class here at Stevenson High School. Each year, we put on a production based on American Idol, which we have dubbed Spartan Idol.  This is the seventh year we have put on the show, and your grant allowed us to purchase a boom microphone that has been vital to the auditioning process.  Previously, we had a lot of background noise from the standard microphones on our cameras.  But now, sound comes through a lot clearer and the quality of our videos has increased immensely.  It also helps when we have quiet singers and we can pick up their voices easier on tape.
We will also be utilizing our new boom microphone out in the field.  Both our Advance Radio and TV students and independent studies have been using the boom microphone for productions that vary from public service announcements to short films.  The quality of our production has improved so much and has brought us so much closer to having professional videos.  Thank you for your assistance in our production process!  We can't emphasize how much your assistance has bettered our program!
Lizzy McCormick and Alex Westphal
Radio and TV Independent Studies
Livonia Stephenson High School
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 April 29, 2014
Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Media Lunch Presented by Comerica Bank
Join one of the top stars of the Verizon IndyCar series, representative from the Chevrolet
Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and Comerica Bank to preview the upcoming Grand Prix,  
May 30-June 1 at Belle Isle Park.  Guests include Tony Kanaan, Charles Burns and Linda Forte.
Time: Beginning at 11:30 a.m. 
Venue: The Tiger Club at Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 
Parking: Lunch attendees should park in Comerica Park Lot 1 (off of Elizabeth and Woodward)
and enter the Tiger Club entrance off Witherell Street
Cost: TBD 

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

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