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In Loving Memory of Bob Kiess

The DSBA lost a valued friend and one-time member on June 2, 2014 following the death of Robert Alvin Kiess. The 84-year-old avid runner and former Officer of the DSBA was born December 7, 1929 in Lycoming, Pennsylvania. He loved athletics and re-located to the Detroit area and was a long-time resident of Grosse Pointe. Bob was the loving husband of the late Marianne and devoted father of Rebecca (Paul) Van Walleghem. He was PaPa to Sarah and Stephen and brother of William (Eloise) Kiess. He was basketball coach at the Detroit Institute of Technology and played for many many years on both the DSBA softball and basketball teams with the likes of Al Ackerman, Larry Adderley, Warren Pierce, Mark Andrews and Kurt Schneider. Bob loved the sport of running and participating in marathons (including Boston & Detroit), 10K and 5K runs and the annual Detroit Belle Isle New Year's Eve Run. Bob was an active member of Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, a lover of animals especially his cats, an Eagle Scout, and a YMCA Camp Ohiyesa Director. You would see Bob at practically all DSBA luncheons, Christmas Party, special events and banquets through the years. He cherished his DSBA associate membership and was a huge supporter of the DSBA everywhere he went and whomever he met. We recall how he would write personal notes to current and past presidents such as Ray Lane as well as Yours Truly. We had fun with Bob, too, as emcee Tom Ryan would remind us at the annual Christmas Party that Bob had an athletic supporter or similar gear as his Christmas gift for one lucky member. We already miss Bob and his smiling face and caring demeanor. He was an integral part of the history of the DSBA and for that we are forever grateful. Rest in peace our dear friend.

   -George Eichorn


On June 13th 2014, the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association proudly presented the 4th Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award "Aka "The Ernie") to Mr. Ray Lane. The ceremony took place at the DSBA Luncheon at the American-Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan.
Ray received the award from DSBA President Vicki Foley and DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn and Past DSBA President John Fountain.
"Ray Lane personifies excellence in sports broadcasting," said Mr. Eichorn. "He has been a fabulous contributor to the airwaves on radio and on television in Detroit for more than 50 years. Ernie Harwell, I am certain, would be proud to know that Ray Lane is the fourth recipient of this award named in Ernie's honor. Congratulations to Ray Lane and thank you on behalf of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association and fans everywhere."
Previous recipients are: Ernie Harwell, John Fountain and Paul Carey. 
Ray Lane Bio:
Ray Lane has been a fixture in Michigan sports broadcasting for almost four decades making him one of the most recognized and distinguished sports broadcasters in the market.  He was known in his early days for wearing flashy sport coats as he sat at George Kell's side in the TV booth.  Then it was on to radio where he teamed with Ernie Harwell through some of the Tigers' best seasons - 1967 through 1972.  He left following the 1972 season, making way for Paul Carey's long stint as Harwell's partner. He had a crackling, high-energy voice and a sharp wit that frequently cracked up Harwell.  Lane has served as the voice of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University football and University of Detroit basketball.  Lane was sports director at WJBK-TV (Detroit) succeeding Van Patrick.  He later was sports director at WKBD-TV (Detroit) where he served as host of Detroit Red Wings games.  Lane (nicknamed 'Razor' by Red Wings players) still does Tigers play-by-play on occasion for WKBD-TV.  Lane is a past president of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, has been named 'Michigan Sportscaster of the Year' and has been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Ray is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the DSBA. He was the 2003 winner of the DSBA's 'Ty Tyson Award' for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting.

From left: Desmond Howard, NBC's Tom Brokaw and Bruce Madej share a laugh.

By Courtney Ratkowiak

In 1974, as a recent graduate of Western Michigan University, Bruce Madej accepted his first job as a sportswriter for the Ypsilanti Press.
His career path had seemed clear in college, where he had written for the Western Herald student newspaper and worked at the school's radio station. He had no idea that he would spend 34 of the next 40 years on the other side of the press box, writing a completely different story -- the journey of the longest-tenured Sports Information Director in University of Michigan athletic history.
Madej will be retiring from the University on June 30 of this year after almost three and a half decades as the main media liaison for Michigan sports teams. On June 9, he will receive the College Sports Information Directors of America Lifetime Achievement Award. But even beyond the record-setting tenure, accolades and accomplishments, Madej will likely be remembered best around Ann Arbor for his big personality and commitment to service, the two reasons for his lasting success.
Almost universally, media and public relations colleagues alike describe Madej the same: an outgoing "people person" who is always willing to help others.
Twenty-seven-year Chicago Tribune veteran Ed Sherman, who covered national college football from 1988-94, visited Michigan Stadium often to cover big games. Sherman said Madej's rapport with media in the press box made it feel like he was "hosting a party and inviting us to his place," a welcomed trait in the public relations world.
"Bruce had a way of bringing you in and making you feel like a part of everything," Sherman said. "He always made you feel at home and he had our interests in mind, which is not necessarily always the case in PR, especially in college sports. Sometimes they're trying to protect the coaches and the players at the expense of us, and Bruce walked that balance."
Madej's successful navigation between the journalism and public relations world continued to pay dividends during his career. In 1978, after one year at the Press and two at the "Ann Arbor News," Madej accepted a job as the University's Assistant Sports Information Director.
After briefly leaving the University to take a job in public relations and marketing for the American Power Boat Association -- a job that was appealing, in part, because he had "the opportunity to go to the Bahamas rather than West Lafayette" -- then-Athletic Director Don Canham re-hired Madej as a Sports Information Director in 1982.
Early in Madej's career, his main job responsibilities were to interact with the media and manage radio and publication contracts. After earning the trust of Canham and then-football coach Bo Schembechler, Madej became the Assistant Athletic Director in 1989. With additional marketing responsibilities, Madej worked on promotions for multiple sports, including improving the Michigan football pregame experience with Athletic Department-sponsored tailgates.
Madej was passionate about using technology as a means to promote Michigan Athletics, and his work ensured the athletic department was almost always leading the way in computer, Internet and social media adoption. He helped Michigan transfer to computer-based statistics for football games in the 1980s, and helped create what is now in 1994.
In recent years, Madej's favorite part of his job was his work with social media, including the introduction of Twitter as a marketing tool for Wolverine sports teams in 2009.
Beyond the typical SID job description, Madej stepped in wherever help was needed in the growing athletic department -- including acting as the public address announcer for ice hockey and basketball games in the 1990s. Traveling with the Fab Five in 1992 and 1993 was one of Madej's best memories, since watching the team play was "great theater."
But of all his years in Ann Arbor, Madej's favorite was the 1997 football championship season, capped off by the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl win on a perfect day in Pasadena.
"We weren't supposed to win it, (Brian) Griese wasn't supposed to play that well, we had all sorts of surprises, and it was just an amazing, amazing year," Madej said. "And that was absolutely a blast. Everything seemed to break the right way."
Though the press box felt like a party when times were good in Ann Arbor, Madej had a keen ability to stay professional under pressure. Former Detroit Tigers public relations director Dan Ewald met Madej when he was still a reporter at the Ann Arbor News, and the two started a friendship that continued after Madej switched over to public relations. After years of trading "war stories" and advice, Ewald said Madej's ability to deal with crisis was key to his success.
"Sports has become so big, and to be successful, it takes a PR guy who's got patience, insight and can laugh," Ewald said. "That's what I liked about Bruce. If a problem arose, he handled things with a class that showed he had things under control. He makes it look easy, and it's not as easy as he makes it look."
In 2003, then-Athletic Director Bill Martin promoted Madej to Associate Athletic Director. He remained in that role until 2010, when he became the Associate Athletic Director for Special Projects.
One of those special projects included the design of interactive content and historical displays in the new Crisler Center concourse and Towsley Family Museum inside Schembechler Hall. Twenty years before, Madej had helped establish a relationship between the athletic department and the University's Bentley Historical Library. Many of the artifacts, photos and quotes currently in the Crisler Center concourse and Schembechler Hall museum were directly taken from Madej's work in the 1990s with the Bentley Library staff.
It was only fitting for Madej that one of his passion areas, the preservation of University athletic history, turned into his final full-time project before this month's retirement.
"It's been a lot of fun -- it's been a lot of work, but a lot of fun," Madej said. "I worked seven days a week and I never felt when I was working that it was work."


FOX Sports Detroit was honored with five Emmys on Saturday night by the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards were presented at the organization's 36th annual ceremony at MotorCity Casino's Hotel's Sound Board Theatre in Detroit. 
The FOX Sports Detroit winning entries included an Emmy for the live/unedited coverage of the Red Wings Alumni Game as part of Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park. FOX Sports Detroit has received 105 Emmys overall since 2000, including 60 over the last six years.
"All of us at FOX Sports Detroit are extremely thankful for the recognition by the Academy for our work in 2013," said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president/general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "Sports touch every emotion and every age group in this community, and we're proud to play a leading role in serving the greatest sports fans in America. I am immensely proud of all the creative and dedicated people who make FOX Sports Detroit such an exciting and thriving place to work."

Here are the Emmy-winning entries for FOX Sports Detroit, recognizing excellence in productions originating in 2013:
  • Sports - News Feature: Ramon Right (Justin White, Chad Schwartzenberger)
    An Emmy-winning segment featuring Ramon Aguilar, who realized his dream of playing in a game for Thurston's football team after being born with a rare genetic disorder and having heart failure as a toddler which prevents him from playing contact sports.
  • Sporting Event/Game -  Live/Unedited - Series: Pistons Basketball (Christopher Wasielewski, David Rhoades, Brady Clyma)
    The network was honored for its coverage of Pistons Basketball.
  • Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Program/Special: Red Wings Alumni Game (Mark Iacofano, Brady Clyma, John Tuohey.
    The network was honored for its five hours of coverage of the Red Wings Alumni Game at Comerica Park. 
  • On-Camera Talent - Anchor - Sports: Shannon Hogan Anchoring Compilation (Shannon Hogan)
    This Emmy is for a compilation of studio and site anchoring by Shannon Hogan.
  • Photographer - Program (Non-News): Chad Schwartzenberger Comp Reel: (Chad Schwartzenberger, Good Problem Production.
    This Emmy is for a compilation of photography by Chad Schwartzenberger.
The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (MI-NATAS) is the most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of excellence in television. The Emmy is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing Emmy selection committees in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work. For a complete list of winning entries, visit


Fork Earns Sports Editing Honor And Walton and Quandt Earn Sports One-Time Special Honor
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Palace Sports & Entertainment announced today Bryan Fork, Barry Walton and Darrell Quandt were honored with Michigan EMMY's on Saturday night by the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards were presented at the organization's 36th annual ceremony at MotorCity Casino's Hotel's Sound Board Theatre in Detroit.
Fork was selected for his sports editing work on the Opening Night Intro Video featuring nationally recognized motivational speaker Eric Thomas, the Stan Van Gundy Commitment video and the Andre Drummond 2014 Pistons Super Bowl commercial.  Walton and Quandt received the Sports One-Time Special Emmy for their three-part special featuring the rivalry between Pistons guard Kyle Singler and Timberwolves forward Kevin Love.
"We congratulate Bryan Fork, Barry Walton and Darrell Quandt on receiving Michigan Emmy Awards and thank the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the recognition," said Charlie Metzger, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Palace Sports & Entertainment. "Bryan, Barry and Darrell's contributions to the Pistons Programming Network and help produce thrilling inside-access video content that connects our players with all segments of our fan base on a daily basis."
Here are the productions from Fork, Walton and Quandt that earned them Michigan EMMYs:
Bryan Fork - Editor Sports:
This EMMY is for excellence in a specific craft discipline demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals.
Barry Walton and Darrell Quandt - Sports One-Time Special: Singler-Love:
This EMMY is for excellence in a one-time sports related special program that is not part of a daily or weekly sports program.      
The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (MI-NATAS) is the most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of excellence in television. The EMMY is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing EMMY selection committees in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work. For a complete list of winning entries, visit

From left to right - former Tigers 2nd baseman "Sweet" Lou Whitaker, former 1st baseman Dave Bergman, and former shortstop
Alan Trammell.

Story & Photo courtesy of Mike Alberts.

June 30th, 2014
The Detroit Tigers wrapped up the month of June in fine style with a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World Series.  The first 20,000 fans at the sold out park received commemorative jerseys with the number 84 on the back.  Speeches prior to the game were followed by Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, and Dave Bergman bringing the crowd to their feet with a "ceremonial double play"  in place of the normal "first pitch".


The Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race was feted July 2nd at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers (and PAWS) gave a splendid send-off to the yacht representing the ballclub, "Christina With a Sea II," in the 5th Annual Pro Team Challenge. On the far right are DSBA President Vicki Foley & DSBA Marketing Officer Bill Harrington. The race starts on June 12th in Port Huron on the Black River. Photo courtesy of Detroit Tigers.

Photo courtesy of Bill Eisner of the Detroit Tigers. 

Rev. Andrew Kowalczyk, left, and Rev. Bogdan Milosz, right, with sportscaster Ray Lane with the 4th DSBA Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award on June 13th 2014 at the American-Polish Cultural Center in Troy. 

Photo credit: Mark Lewkowicz 
Members on the Go
  • Ron Cameron, DSBA Active Member, has landed on WDTK AM 1400 Patriot Radio and 92.7 FM with his sports talk show, heard Saturdays 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Sundays 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Brad Galli, DSBA Active Member, married Claire Paszkiewicz recently. At his wedding reception, Brad was surprised on the dance floor by his boss, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 General Manager & DSBA Active Member Ed Fernandez, with the Detroit Local Emmy Award won that same night by Galli.
  • Ray Lane, DSBA Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member, received his DSBA Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award at he June 13th DSBA-National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame luncheon at the American-Polish Cultural Center in Troy. Past Presidents Paul Chapman, John Fountain and Ken Kal as well as current DSBA President Vicki Foley were on hand to honor Ray.
  • Scott Lesher, DSBA Associate Member, and Jim Stark, DSBA Past President, invite you to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Invitational presented by Comcast Business Class at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield on Monday, July 28th. Details online at:
  • Vito LoPiccolo received his DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member framed certificate at the June 13th luncheon also at the American-Polish Cultural Center in Troy.
  • Bernie Smilovitz, DSBA Active Member, recently hosted his 11th annual Bernie Smilovitz (Forgotten) Harvest Classic to support the Hunger Free Summer - 2014 campaign to raise 2 million meals for children.
Victoria Foley     
Mother of DSBA President Vicki Foley
Frances Mae Schneider     
Mother of DSBA Past President Kurt Schneider  
  • Former Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek of the Czech Republic and Swedish center Peter Forsberg were joined by Michigan native and one-time Red Wings center Mike Modano, along with defenseman Rob Blake, coach Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary, for the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Toronto to take place November 17, 2014. The inductees were chosen by an 18-person committee. Also being honored are Michigan's USA Today hockey reporter
    Kevin Allen, the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Chicago Blackhawks play-by-play announcer Pat Foley, who received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting.
  • Ian Eagle, play-by-play man for "The NFL on CBS" and ASA Advisory Board member, along with his partner, analyst Dan Fouts, have been promoted by CBS to the No. 2 broadcast team for the 2014 NFL season. Eagle and Fouts have shared the broadcast booth for the last four seasons and the connection between the two has become apparent. With the network's top team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms scheduled to call 14 newly-acquired "Thursday Night Football" games this year, the two will occasionally take the weekend off. This will open the door for Eagle and Fouts to work some of the season's marquee match ups. The No. 3 slot, previously held by Eagle and Fouts, will go to veteran announcer Greg Gumbel and  newcomer Trent Green. The former quarterback will replace ASA member Dan Dierdorf, who retired in 2013.
  • Mark Engel, one-time DSBA member, was named assistant coach for the Oakland University men's and women's golf teams. Engel led the University of Detroit Mercy men's program for 24 seasons, guiding the Titans to six Horizon League championships. 
Dear Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association,
   Thank you so much for the grant money last year to help us purchase equipment for our Radio and TV class here at Livonia 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 also will 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 again 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

Dear Board & Friends,

Thank You for all the kind words and sentiment with the passing of my Mother. Your friendship and support these past few years means more than you'll ever know. Mom's journey had many ups and downs but there is peace in knowing she is finally "Home."

Bless You All!

- Vicki Foley

The family of Frances Mae Schneider is grateful to God for her life, for your friendship, and for your kindness and prayers. Thank you kindly for your expression of sympathy to our family.
- Kurt M. Schneider

I have received word from the Department of Athletics of Wayne State University that you have made a generous contribution to the memory of Paul. There is no finer tribute. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. With gratitude and warm regards. 

- Margaret Pentecost

Dear George, Officers and Members of the DSBA,

My sincere thanks and appreciation of the honor bestowed upon me at the last DSBA meeting on June 13th at the American-Polish Cultural Center. A Lifetime Award with Ernie Harwell's name on it means a lot to me. He's a part of my life and so is the DSBA.

Thanks again and best wishes to all.

- Ray Lane

Thank you for your contribution in support of The Department of Athletics In Memory of Paul Pentecost. Your generosity is deeply appreciated by the Administration, Faculty and Students of Wayne State University. Notification of this tribute has been sent to Margaret Pentecost.
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, August 5, 2014
Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Day at the Motorsports Hall of Fame  of America
Featuring Class of 2014 and Previous Inductees 
  Time: 11:30 a.m. arrival & 12 Noon luncheon   
Venue:Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle Park 
Cost: Complimentary to DSBA Members & Media Questions: 586-558-9103 or email

August or September TBA
Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Day at Hazel Park Thoroughbred Raceway  
Featuring Live Action!  First 50 Responses and Guests Only! 
Time: 6 p.m. arrival; Dinner at 6:30-7 p.m. followed by racing    
Hazel Park Raceway at Ten Mile & Dequindre Roads 
Cost: Complimentary to DSBA Members & MediaQuestions: 586-558-9103 or email  

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Ben Eriksson         Bill Eisner
David Frisco          Frank Garza
Dan Graschuck     Bill Harrington
Jim Hindy              Laura Loviska
Nick Martines        Janet Slabaugh

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