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Last month we celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the very successful Bell's Beer Bayview-Mackinac Race Pro Team Challenge Kick-off, along with warmer weather, more baseball, and Memorial Day; a time to remember and honor those who served our country, but also a fitting time to remember and honor those who have served our organization, our community, and contributed in some way to our character and humanity. Ironically, just days before the Holiday weekend, I received a letter at my home from Richard Wilson, former Secretary - Treasurer of the DSBA. The letter is dedicated to Honorary Lifetime Member Paul Pentecost, who passed away on May 9th. It exemplifies all the reasons we should honor and remember special members and people like Paul. It also provides some insight into an extraordinary man for those who did not know him well. It was such a touching tribute to Paul and the DSBA, I felt compelled to share it with all of you:
Dear Ms. Foley,
I am writing you, as a former Secretary Treasurer of the DSBA. As I was out of town when my dear friend Paul Pentecost passed, I am now writing to eulogize Paul. He was perhaps the finest gentleman and friend I have ever known. When I first started in the business of P.R. and publicity, he and one of his bosses, Van Patrick, both took me under their wings and helped make my job at Wolverine Raceway and Detroit Race Course most successful. I was proposed for membership in the DSBA, and in fact succeeded Paul as Secretary-Treasurer of the DSBA under President Dave Diles. Thanks to Paul and his legion of friends such as Van, Dave Diles, Joe Gentile, Ernie Harwell, Don Kremer, Ray Lane, Bruce Martyn, Bob Reynolds, Buck Jerzy, Elliott Trumbull and dozens of others, I gained so many wonderful friends and acquaintances with my years of membership in the DSBA.
Paul was everything that the words friend, gentleman, great individual, and so much more stood for. His wife Margaret and family were a wonderful example of the meaning of love and family.
He will be truly missed by all of his family and friends, and especially by myself. He also was, for the last number of years, one of the toughest people I have ever met. We are all better off by having known Paul Pentecost.
God Bless Him-
Dick Wilson


Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Honorary Lifetime Member Paul Pentecost, a native of Pittsburgh, has been associated with Wayne State University and Tartar (now Warrior) Athletics since enrolling as an undergraduate student in 1944. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 for his outstanding record as Wayne's athletic publicity director from 1948 to 1957. Also, Pentecost was recognized for his continuing support of Tartar Athletics, Wayne State University and the Detroit metropolitan community. During his undergraduate career Pentecost was the team manager for WSU Coach David L. Holmes' track teams. In 1948, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from Wayne State, and in August of that year joined the University's public relations staff as the school's first full-time athletic publicity director. As the sports publicist he handled all publicity, releases, programs and brochures on Tartar Athletics and its student-athletes. During the 1950's, his responsibilities for sports publicity was reduced as more emphasis was placed on general news, and in 1957 Pentecost was promoted to assistant director of University Relations, a position he held until 1964.

In 1958, Pentecost received a Master of Arts in Speech with a specialization in Radio and Television, also from Wayne State. It was during his tenure as assistant public relations director that Wayne became a state-affiliated institution, and increased demands were made on the University to provide greater state-wide recognition for WSU. Pentecost left the University briefly for a 13-month stint as a public relations account executive with the firm of Young & Rubicam, Inc., but in 1965 University President Clarence B. Hillberry requested that Pentecost assume the duties of director of information services, a position he held until July, 1980. As director, Pentecost oversaw the entire operations of information services at the University, including all general media contracts, community and State relations, and production of University publications. He also coordinated public relations for WSU's Centennial Celebration in 1967-68.

From 1980-82 he was an executive university editor, publishing the faculty and staff publication, Inside Wayne State, and Wayne State University Alumni News. He was editor of the Alumni News and an alumni officer from 1982-88. From 1985 until his retirement in 1988, Pentecost served as special assistant to the associate vice president for Alumni relations. During his career at Wayne, Pentecost trained many students and workers who went on to careers in public relations, including many in professional and collegiate athletics. He also actively covered Detroit's professional teams as well. During the 1950s and 1960s, Pentecost served as Van Patrick's statistician on Detroit Lions' radio and television broadcasts. Pentecost also served as a statistician for television networks ABC, CBS and NBC when they were in Detroit televising pro athletic contests. Pentecost was a long-time member of the Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame committee and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and is a member of the Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity, the Detroit Press Club and the DSBA.

Pentecost has received several honors, including the Mike Award in 1975 and 1976 from the Detroit Bi-Centennial Commission, the 1974 Sage Award from the American College Public Relations Society, and the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Support Award in 1960. He also received a recognition award from the American College Public Relations Society in 1950, Heritage Foundation Award in 1965 and his honorary lifetime membership from the DSBA in 2005. He co-authored a book, Michigan's Role in Civil War - From Bull Run to Appomattox.

Paul and his wife, Margaret, reside in Birmingham. They are the parents of three children, Nancy, Peggy and Paul Jr.

Paul was also the Grandfather of Alex and Kenneth Hanover, Erin and Kyra Pentecost. Brother of Donald Pentecost (Nila) and Jane Taylor.

Family will receive friends Thursday 2-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn 13-14 Mile), Royal Oak.

Funeral Service Friday 11 a.m. at Franklin Community Church, 26425 Wellington, Franklin. Visitation at church begins at 10 a.m.

Interment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.

Memorial tributes to Wayne State University Athletic Department, 5475 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 or The Salvation Army, 16130 Northland, Southfield, MI 48075.  You may also call WSU Athletics Director of Development Lauren Lepkowski at 313-577-0241.  


The 2013-2014 season Detroit Red Wings-DSBA Rookie of the Year is Danny DeKeyser. DeKeyser grew up playing minor hockey in the Detroit area and played his Midget U18 hockey with the Compuware AAA program from 2006-2008 before signing with the Trail Smoke Eaters Jr.A. of the BCHL in Canada. DeKeyser committed to play ice hockey for the Western Michigan Broncos after playing for the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers in the 2009-10 season. With the Broncos, DeKeyser racked up 49 career points on 12 goals and 37 assists. He was named a Second Team All-American in his sophomore and junior years as well as the CCHA's Best Defensive defenseman in consecutive seasons. After three years with Western Michigan, DeKeyser was being pursued by multiple teams around the NHL. Eventually, he decided to play for his hometown team and signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on March 29, 2013. He began playing for Detroit one week later, and recorded his first NHL point against Nashville on April 14, 2013, assisting on a Henrik Zetterberg goal. 

On November 4, 2013, DeKeyser scored his first career NHL goal in a game against the Winnipeg Jets. DeKeyser represented the USA at the 2014 IIHF World Championships where he finished the tournament with two assists in eight games. Danny is a native of Macomb Township, the son of Michael and Linda DeKeyser. He was a communications major at Western Michigan and graduated from De La Salle Collegiate in Warren.

Danny Dekeyser 2013-14 Regular Season Stats 
Games Played - 65
Goals - 4
Assists - 19
Points - 23
Plus/Minus - +10
Penalty Minutes - 10
Power Play Goals - 1
Shorthanded Goals - 1
Game Winning Goals - 0
Shots - 84
Shot % - 4.8 

Joey Lagano (right) talks with Reggie Bush (left) during practice.  Photo courtesy of Bob Dorogi.

NASCAR driver Joey Lagano and Michigan International President Roger Curtis paid a visit to the Detroit Lions training camp to help promote ticket sales for the Fathers Day race at M.I.S.


FOX Sports Detroit has been nominated for 25 Emmys among 19 categories, as announced by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The winners are unveiled June 14 at the 36th Annual Michigan Emmy Awards Ceremony.
"All of us here are extremely thankful for the recognition by the Academy for our work in 2013, and I am so proud of the creative and dedicated people who make FOX Sports Detroit what it is," said Greg Hammaren, FOX Sports Detroit senior vice president/general manager.
Here are the nominees representing FOX Sports Detroit, which has captured 100 Emmys since 2000 and 55 over the last five years.
Station Excellence
- FOX Sports Detroit 2013 - Greg Hammaren
Human Interest - Program/Special
- Tigers Fantasy Camp - Lesley Murphy, James Graessle
Sports - News Feature
- Ramon Right - Justin White, Chad Schwartzenberger
Sports - Program Segment/Feature
- Alumni Showdown Training Features (Good Problem Productions) - James Graessle, Shannon Hogan
- Off the Boards - Mickey York, Kevin Guralewski, Jeffrey Larkin
Sports Daily or Weekly Program
-Spartan Football All-Access '13, Episode 12: Nebraska (Michigan State Athletic Communications) Fantasy Camp - Ryan McPhail
Sports - Program Series
- Pistons Live Compilation Reel - Craig Wilking, Jason Dizik, Michael Isenberg
- Red Wings Live Compilation Reel - Mary Brady, Jason Dizik, Michael Isenberg
Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Program/Special
- Red Wings Alumni Game - Mark Iacofano, Brady Clyma, John Tuohey
- Cabrera vs. Rivera - Mark Iacofano, Joe Nikkola, Brady Clyma
Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Series
- Pistons Basketball - Chris Wasielewski, David Rhoades, Brady Clyma
- Tigers Baseball - Mark Iacofano, Brady Clyma, Brian J. Maas, Christopher Wasielewski, Joe Nikkola
Community/Public Service (PSA) - Single Spot
- Nothing Stops Detroit - Jack Scott
Promotion - Program - Single Spot
- April in the D 2013 - Jack Scott
Commercial - Single Spot
- Drummond (Detroit Pistons) - Bryan Fork
Craft Speciality - Makeup
- FOX Sports Detroit Girls - Janelle Thomason (The Makeup Loft)
Director - Live or Recorded Live
- Mark Iacofano
- Detroit Pistons Compilation - David Rhoades
Editor - Short Form (Promos, PSA's, Commercials, Opens, etc)
- Editor Compilation: Short Form - Jeffrey D. Larkin
Editor - Sports
- FSD Editing Compilation (Good Problem Productions) - Kenneth Vance
--Lighting Comp Reel - Chad Schwartzenberger
On-Camera Talent - Anchor - Sports
- Anchor Composite - Justin White
- Anchoring Compilation - Shannon Hogan
Photographer -  Program (Non-News)
- Comp Reel (Good Problem Productions) - Chad Schwartzenberger
Writer - Program
- Waiting in the Wings: Red Wings Prospect Camp (Good Problem Productions) - James Graessle


After 13 years of not winning in the Motor City, Helio Castroneves wins the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix in Detroit on Sunday, June 1st on Belle Isle. The Roger Penske Team came in first and second, Helio teammate, Will Power came in second, both driving Chevrolet powered Indy Cars. Will Power won the first Dual race on Saturday, May 31st for Penske, driving his Chevrolet powered Verizon car.

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko. 


Tony Kanaan, driver of No.10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar. Behind him are students from the Detroit Free Press High School Journalism Program (FreepHigh) and the Detroit School of Arts television and radio attending the press conference and networked with media professionals.

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association co-sponsored with Comerica Bank and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Comerica Park in late April. 

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.  


28th Annual DSBA Charity Golf Scramble
Monday, July 14, 2014 at Cherry Creek Golf Club

Contact: Bill Harrington at (313) 886-5500 or
Racing officials and guests at the Pro Team Challenge drawing at the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race press conference.
Members on the Go 

Neal Searle, DSBA Associate Member was recently honored. The Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC), a premier nonprofit human service organization serving southeast Michigan, is pleased to announce Neal Searle of Lotus Bank will be one of the organization's honorary chairmen at its 12th Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards Dinner Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield (5600 Walnut Lake Road). Searle is the Chief Executive Officer, president and director of Lotus Bank and Lotus Bancorp, Inc. with offices in Novi and Farmington Hills, Mich. For nearly four years, under his leadership, Mr. Searle has overseen the bank's substantial growth and profitability resulting in Lotus Bank being named as ABA Banking Journal's 14th Best Bank in the Country in 2013 for Banks under $100 million in assets.
Erin Brege    
Faculty - Hillman Community Schools 
Riccardo Cozzolino   
Candy Ebling    
New (Detroit) Monitor 
Paul Pentecost    
DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member
Robert Kiess    
Former DSBA Associate Member
The following members have paid their 2014 DSBA Membership Dues joining 110 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 48090-1222.  Thank you.

Ron Angel
Erin Brege 
Ron Cameron
Andrew Chmura (S)
Paul Cicchini
Riccardo Cozzolino (S)
William (Butch) Davis
Jason Dizik
Candy Ebling
Steve Graus
Dempsey (Scott) Harrison
Ronnie Kadykowski (S)
Terry Moore
Scott Morganroth
Trevor Thompson
Carol Yerby

(S) = Student Member
The following members have made Grant Fund donations since the last newsletter was published.  We thank them for their generous support!
Ron Angel
Ronnie Kadykowski
Bob Wojnowski

To thank you for your kindness and sympathy at a time when it was deeply appreciated by the family of Paul Pentecost. We sincerely thank the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association for your contribution to WSU Athletics. Your kindness is most appreciated.

Margaret (Pentecost) and family
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:


Friday, June 13, 2014
Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Day at National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 
Featuring NPASHF and DSBA Special Announcements & Guest Speakers!
Time: Beginning at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
Venue: American-Polish Cultural Center, corner of E. Maple Road & Dequindre Road, in Troy
Cost: $10 DSBA Members/Media and $14 All Others.  Guests welcome! Questions: 586-558-9103 or email

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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