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Dear Members, 
As we welcome 2015, I would like to congratulate the Executive Board Members on their re-election: Vice President Jim Rein, Sergeant-at-Arms/Marketing Director Bill Harrington, Treasurer Bill Wischman, Secretary Sherrie Handrinos,  On behalf of myself and the Board, thank you all for entrusting us to serve our membership in these positions for another year!  Thank you also to Executive Director George Eichorn for handling all the election business year after year. 
Our organization is continually growing both in mission and membership.  Thom Lengyel (Student Broadcast Foundation) and Elizabeth Crenshaw (DSBA Student Member) are working not only to grow our student chapter, but to create unique DSBA opportunities for students to learn the craft and expand the outreach of our organization through social media and web content.   
Perhaps you've noticed our Membership Directory is now divided into four sections: Media, Business and Marketing, Education, and Lifetime Members.  Each faction of our organization continues to expand on a monthly basis from our Media broadcasters and journalists, to one of the fastest growing factions of our group; students.  Each new member we welcome to our team brings diversity and opportunities for collaboration and expansion of our collective love of sports on both a professional and personal level.   
This month we are proud to welcome three new students from Montrose High School and one student from Syracuse University to our student chapter.  Also, Stan Fracker of the Detroit Tigers, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler of the Lansing Lugnuts, Kurt David; Speaker/Host "From Glory Days" TV show, and Shari Faulhaber of The Dahlmann Campus Inn to our Media and Business membership.  Lastly, we are proud to congratulate our latest class of Honorary Lifetime Members; Larry Adderley, Dan Ewald, Roger Faulkner, and Chris McClure. 
Thank you for your continued support of the DSBA on so many levelsI am looking forward to another year of your friendship, input, and the privilege of being part of this meaningful and evolving organization. 

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
THE YEAR        

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has named Travis Swanson as the 2014 Detroit Lions-DSBA Rookie of the Year in voting among its members. Swanson was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Swanson has started 3 games at right guard in place for the injured Larry Warford, 1 game at tight end, and at center in place of the suspended Dominic Raiola in the Detroit Lions 2014 season, where they went 11-5 and qualified for the NFL Playoffs.
A native of Houston, Texas, Swanson attended Kingwood High School. After being redshirted as a freshman in 2009, he took over as the Razorbacks starting center in 2010. The Razorbacks, who started the same offensive line every game, broke 24 game or season school records on offense in 2010. Swanson was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, Swanson started every game at center for a Razorback offense that led the SEC in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense to become just the fifth different school, and first since 2001, to lead the conference in all three categories in a single season and became the sixth team in conference history, and second since 1992, to lead the SEC in passing offense for three straight seasons. In his junior year, Swanson was named team captain and started all 12 games at center in an offensive line that allowed 1.0 or fewer sacks in eight games in 2012 and ranked third in the SEC with an average of just 1.58 sacks allowed per game. Swanson was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, and a first-team All-American by USA Today, making him just the third center in program history to earn All-American honors, joining Jonathan Luigs in 2007 and Rodney Brand in 1969.

Credit Robert Benko. DSBA Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award" recipient Bill Harrington, second from left, accept his award at Sindbad's in Detroit recently from (left to right) DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn, DSBA President Vicki Foley and DSBA Immediate Past President Will Tieman.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has awarded the 2014 sports season Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award" to Mr. Bill Harrington, Marketing Director, Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. He is the DSBA's current Sergeant-at-Arms. 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 tireless work performed by Detroit-area sports media relations/public relations professionals. Mr. Harrington has volunteered for the DSBA for more than a dozen years and has coordinated PR/media relations for the DSBA involvement in its DSBA Annual Charity Golf Outing, Pro Team Challenge at the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and many other DSBA community-related events.

"We're thrilled that the DSBA is honoring one of its own, Bill Harrington, with this important award," said Will Tieman, Immediate Past President, DSBA. "Bill is a mainstay with the Detroit Sports Media and the DSBA, and his commitment to sports broadcasters and writers is well-appreciated."

 Previous Kathy Best 'BEST OF THE BEST' Award winners are:
2012-13- John Hahn, Detroit Red Wings & Ilitch Holdings
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

Longtime DSBA Active Member Tom Ryan, left, was presented with two awards at the DSBA Christmas Party at Sindbad's on December 12 in Detroit. Ryan was recognized by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the DSBA Executive Board for his long-time role as Santa Claus at the America's Thanksgiving Parade. Ryan is greeted by Santa Claus and DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn. Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association announces it has bestowed its highest individual honor on four members of the Detroit and Michigan sports community.

  • Larry Adderley, past DSBA president, Michigan golf announcer and WXYZ-TV sports director;
  • Dan Ewald, former Public Relations Director of the Detroit Tigers
  • Roger Faulkner, soccer and tennis commentator and the driving force behind Detroit World Cup soccer bid
  • Chris McClure, past DSBA president and one-time voice of Indy Car racing, the Detroit Grand Prix and APBA Detroit Gold Cup

"By honoring Larry, Dan, Roger and Chris, we are continuing to recognize individuals who have made an impact on sports broadcasters and writers here in Michigan," said DSBA President Vicki Foley. "Each has added their professionalism and talents for the betterment of our sports community and we congratulate them on this special honor."

These four join a list of previous lifetime honorary members including deceased sports announcing greats Bill Fleming, Ernie Harwell, Fred Huber, George Kell, Budd Lynch, Al Nagler, Bob Reynolds, Ty Tyson, Bob Ufer and others.

DSBA Lifetime Honorary Members:

Jack Adams, Larry Adderley, Edmund Barber, Kathy Best, Paul Carey, Jerome Cavanaugh, Jim Chapman, Jim Cornelius, Fritz Crisler, Istvan Danosi, Hugh (Duffy) Daugherty, Dave Diles, Anne Doyle, Marvin (Sonny) Eliot, Les Etter, Dan Ewald, Roger Faulkner, Bill Fleming, John Fountain, Gus Ganakas, Joe Gentile, Steve Ham, Jim Hart, Ernie Harwell, Edgar Hayes, Jim Hendrick, Fred Huber, Bill Humphries, Jerome (Buck) Jerzy, George Kell, Don Kremer, Ray Lane, Vito LoPiccolo, Budd Lynch, John MacInnes, Leo Martin, Bruce Martyn, Chris McClure, Hal Middlesworth, Johnny Mowers, Al Nagler, Bennie Oosterbaan, Paul Pentecost, Bob Reynolds, Jack Riggs, Glenn (Bo) Schembechler, Elliott Trumbull, Ty Tyson, Bob Ufer and Paul Williams.


Detroit Tigers President/CEO/GM Dave Dombrowski, along with members of the Tigers front office, were on hand February 3, 2015 at Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit for "Detroit Tigers Day at DSBA" before a packed house of more than 80 members, media and guests. Photo courtesy of Mark Lewkowicz.


The American Sportscasters Association (ASA), is pleased to announce that it has secured employment for its first veteran with its newly formed "Vets2Broadcasting" Program.

ASA President Lou Schwartz received an email from Mr. Curt LaLonde inquiring about how the organization could help his son, David, a 27-year old Iraqi War veteran, gain entrance into the broadcasting field. He mentioned his son had some communications experience from his role in Psychological Operations in Iraq, as well as three years of college and knowledge of multimedia programs and audio equipment. Unfortunately, since being honorably discharged, he has been unsuccessful in finding work.

The ASA, in conjunction with one of its members, George Eichorn of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, arranged a meeting for David with Bob Armstrong, General Manager of the Sanilac Broadcasting Co. Mr. Schwartz, in a conversation with Mr. Armstrong, discussed the importance of giving our veterans an opportunity to obtain gainful employment. After meeting with David, Mr. Armstrong offered him a position with the stations.

Effective October 13, 2014,  David LaLonde's paid position at the Sandusky, Mich., radio stations will consist of some writing, sales and promotions, and on-air news updates.

In an email to Mr. Schwartz, Mr. LaLonde stated:  

"On behalf of David and myself, many thanks for your efforts as well as the American Sportscasters Association...It is good to know that David's interests in radio as well as his service as a U.S. Army Iraqi War Veteran have helped lead to such positive outcomes...I believe you have helped create a very positive change to his life and future career potential.  For that, we extend our most sincere gratitude and appreciation."

The ASA's "Vets2Broadcasting" Program is designed to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and established national network of ASA broadcasters and media production professionals. The members of the ASA are affiliated with television and radio networks, professional sports associations and leagues, collegiate and amateur athletic organizations, as well as various local television and radio stations.

In addition to placing qualified veterans into meaningful employment, the program is also designed to provide selected veterans with a structured orientation in the field of broadcasting. This program will provide meaningful education and practical training in the production of television or radio sports, news or entertainment programming with job placement services upon completion.

The ASA is currently seeking additional funding to continue to provide this most valuable service to our returning veterans.

Please contact us at:
                               American Sportscasters Association
                                  225 Broadway, Suite 2030
                                        New York, NY 10007
                         Tel: 212-227-8080/Fax: 212-5671-0556



Michigan State University men's head baskeball Coach Tom Izzo headlines the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 that also includes former New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter of Kalamazoo, former Detroit Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov, National Baseball Hall of Famer and former Michigan and Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, four-time Olympian and gold medal-winning swimmer Sheila Taormina of Livonia and professional bowler Aleta Sill of Dearborn.
Former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle Doug English was named in a special selection by the hall's Legends Council. Longtime NHL star Mike Modano of Westland was chosen to defer his induction to 2016 due to scheduling issues.

The class will be inducted on Feb. 12 at Motor City Casino in Detroit.

Elite seven
-Seven players and coaches make up the 2015 class of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame to be inducted Feb. 12. A closer look:

  • Doug English, Lions defensive lineman (1975-79, 1981-85): One of the anchors of the Lions' famed "Silver Rush" defensive line of the late 1970s and early '80s. He made four Pro Bowls (1979, 1982-84) and posted a career-high 13 sacks in 1983.
  • Sergei Fedorov, Red Wings center (1990-2003): A scoring star who helped the Wings win three Stanley Cups, Fedorov was considered one of the best players in the world in the 1990s. He is a three-time Olympian and the first European-trained player to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top player.
  • Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball coach (1995-present): In 19 seasons, he led the Spartans to the 2000 national title and six Final Four appearances. His teams have made the NCAA basketball tournament 17 straight years.
  • Derek Jeter, baseball shortstop from Kalamazoo: The Kalamazoo Central grad was a 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion in his 20 seasons with the New York Yankees. He was the 2000 World Series MVP and 1996 AL rookie of the year.
  • Barry Larkin, Michigan baseball shortstop (1983-85): The two-time Big Ten player of the year and All-America led the Wolverines to the College World Series in 1983-84. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012 after a 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds that included a being a 12-time All-Star and 1995 NL MVP.
  • Aleta Sill, Dearborn bowler: She ranks second all-time with 31 pro tournament wins and is third in winnings with more than
    $1 million in her career. In 1999, she became the first women to top $1 million in career earnings.
  • Sheila Taormina, Livonia swimmer: She is the first woman to qualify for the Olympics in three sports (swimming, triathlon and modern pentathlon). She won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics as part of the U.S. team in the 800-meter freestyle relay.


Hi! If you know Thom and Diane Lengyel, you know they would help anyone who needs this time, they could use a little lift. After a car accident on December 27, their main vehicle is gone. Thom remains in the hospital to have care for his broken ribs and vertebrae, however, his transportation after being released is going to be important. He will likely have many follow up and physical therapy appointments and getting in and out of their secondary vehicle will be difficult and painful. I'd like to help them out in any way possible from worrying about this burden.  They are retired with limited income, so they did not have full coverage on their truck (adding for clarification). THANK YOU. Please share!


By Elizabeth Crenshaw

Former Professional Athlete | Author | Sports Counselor | Consultant | TV Host | Business Owner | Motivational Speaker

Nothing in life comes without struggle. Through struggles, we change.

Where do you go when you've annihilated the record books and have conquered the world of professional sports? Many professional athletes have done just that. And many reminisce of their stardom in their glory days. But when the dust settles, and all is said and done, where does one go from here?

Kurt David has found the solution and has captured the heartfelt stories from talented men and women across the globe. David, a native of Metro Detroit, has found his true calling in life by showcasing the powerful stories of sport's finest after the glamour, glitz, and gold through his book and television show, "From the Glory Days".

Can you describe your life as a former professional athlete?

 "First let me say that my career was pale in comparison to the Hall of Fame, All-Star, & World Champion athletes I sit down with now, therefore, I'm slow to talk much about my previous life as an athlete. Plus, I don't go by how many years ago I played, but by how many pounds ago....which is 30.  I'm guessing the normal stuff...high school All-State, full ride scholarship to SVSU, played professionally in Germany and then came back for a free-agent tryout in California. Knee surgery shortly thereafter made it clear that it was time to get a real job."

What was the driving force behind your book "From the Glory Days"?

"The concept for my book literally came to me at 3 or 4 a.m. in the morning and I woke up with the idea....'What would it be like to talk to other former professional athletes about their experience?' From there I had a clear vision about the book cover (very similar to what you see now, which is a photo taken in a locker room at the Palace of Auburn Hills). The book idea started off with me interviewing a former Dallas Cowboy, Phoenix Sun, and some other pros, but quickly refocused to only former Pistons, Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions. The initial motivation for my book was to help other former pros and their transition from sports."

 How did the TV series, "From the Glory Days" develop?

"After seeing what a hit the book became, my agent at the time and I thought it would be good to do a radio or TV show based on the premise of the book's concept....interviewing former pros about their transition. The TV show concept, obviously, stuck."

What is the history of the "From the Glory Days" Series?

"Season 1 'From Glory Days' TV Show 2009 (9 episodes on local cable access CMN-TV in Troy and then I sent it out to 29 other cable access stations in Michigan. The show was a hit, as the program directors at these local stations wanted more and replayed the original 9 shows frequently)"

"The progression from local access, to PBS, to WADL Detroit, after seeing the popularity of the first season we knew that a bigger market was needed and approached the Michigan programmers of PBS, and they became quickly interested. Season 2 aired in 8 different states on PBS and included 13 episodes.  The PBS experience was great, but I realized the show needed a larger, more commercial format to be financially successful. We had numerous local commercial stations interested, and WADL-Detroit offered the best time slot (Sundays @ 7:30 p.m.).  WADL has been great to work with, and the people there are top notch."

What makes you happy?

"Bottom line, my happiness comes from helping other people.  It's become my purpose.  My transition from sports was not easy.....there were troubled emotions, relationships, and finances that accompanied the first handful of years out.  It took me about five years simply to relax a little and realize I wasn't in competition with everyone around me. The best decision I made during this time was to begin my Masters Degree.  I truly believe that gave me the passion and purpose I was seeking.  After my book, I realized that I could help other athletes in transition, thus, my consulting and my keynote speaking started taking off when I realized that many of the commonalities for success that I was teaching transitioning athletes could also be applied to any individual, organization, and business."

How did you make your transition from professional athlete to working professional?

"Seeking constructive criticism, ways to get better, and the pursuit of excellence are all principles that were learned from sports."

 What advice would you give professional athletes and those transitioning?                

"Simply put, I've discovered through my research from my book, work with transitioning athletes, and from my TV show that there are five commonalities for success that every transitioning athlete can do. It's now become my acronym ... R.U.L.E.S.  which stands for Refocus, Use Network, Let Go, Execute, and Someone. Of course, there's much more to each of these five keys then simply their titles and I elaborate much more with transitioning athletes and/ or during my keynote speaking opportunities."

How does it feel to go from sports star to career and family man?             

"This was probably one of the most difficult aspects of this transition for me, because you go from ME being the focal point to YOU being the focal point, meaning my spouse and children. My needs are secondary."

How was the transition into the world of Television?

"Exhilarating, exhausting, and ever-increasingly educational. There's been moments of failure that I've wanted to cry, there's been moments of excitement that I couldn't tell enough people, and there's been moments of deep gratitude where I'm unable to believe how wonderful this opportunity has been."

How do you prepare for an interview?

"This is where the former athlete in me comes out. Preparation, Practice, and Persistence all come to mind. Like preparing for a game I make sure I'm familiar with the content we are to cover, I get fired up about the opportunity to entertain people, and I become humble when thinking about the great people I'll be sitting across from for each interview. Similar to before my keynote speaking, I try not to eat too much before a taping as I do not want any 'air pockets' to interfere with what I need to do."

Do you have a favorite interview?

"I get asked this question all of the time, and I'd honestly have to say, "All of Them!" Each interview has had their own unique storyline or twist, which makes each of them extra sad, or interesting, or especially exciting to hear. I honestly do not have a favorite because they're all my favorite. Come on, think about it. I have the opportunity to sit down with Hall of Fame, All-Star, and World Champions, and get into their personal stories of struggle and success. I simply love this opportunity and every interview I've been fortunate enough to do."

What year did your book "From the Glory Days" get published and how long did it take to write? 
"The book was published August 2007, and the 2nd edition came out in March 2008. The book took me three years to write; between scheduling and sitting down with 20 athletes, and the actual writing of the book. With a young family, I was often writing for an hour or two while they were out shopping or I was up in the wee hours of the night while everyone was sleeping. This book became a labor of love for those three years ... difficult, but worth the efforts."

How does it feel to have the Foreword of your book done by George Blaha?
"Having George Blaha write the Foreword was huge! I was looking for someone that was iconic, and George has a long-standing very reputable name in our community. Having someone of his stature attached to the book (and the first two seasons of my TV show, as he did the voiceover for the intro) gave the book/ TV show instant credibility, and I'm very grateful to George for doing so."

For those interested in contacting Kurt David: email Kurt David's "From the Glory Days" can be viewed on WADL Detroit, channel 38, Sundays at 7:30 p.m.  Past TV shows came be viewed at For more information, visit


By Don Horkey of The Michigan Catholic

Of the thousands upon thousands of statistics that Buck Jerzy has recorded, the number 50 stands out.  This past fall marked the half-century anniversary of him keeping statistics for television and radio broadcasters of professional and college football games.

Statisticians like Jerzy are rarely acknowledged on air for supplying on-the-spot, play-by-play information, but the service they provide is vital, enabling announcers to describe without a hitch what's happening on the gridiron below.

Year One, Game One of Jerzy's career came in the summer of 1965 when the Detroit Lions played the Washington Redskins in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The late, legendary Van Patrick was the announcer then for CBS Sports and the Lions. He and Jerzy struck up a relationship that kept the two paired when, in 1968, Patrick landed the job of announcing Notre Dame football for Mutual Radio.

Football weekends for the next six years were hectic. "We'd do Notre Dame football on Saturdays, the Lions on Sundays and then Monday Night Football. I was getting $750 for each game, but had to pay my own expenses," Jerzy recalls.

When Patrick died in 1974, Jerzy remained with Mutual Radio for Notre Dame games and a different pro game every Sunday.

Jerzy's first Notre Dame broadcast was a Fighting Irish victory over Oklahoma. He's kept the stats for Irish football for 47 years in a row, at home and away. While the network stopped covering his travel expenses eight years ago, he still does home games, but only road contests near enough to drive to.

"My prize possession," he says, pulling it out of his pocket, "is a championship ring presented to me when the Irish won the national title in 1988."

In 2004, Jerzy was recognized as the top statistician in college football by the All-American Football Foundation.

Jerzy was born 79 years ago and reared in Hamtramck. He was baptized Jerome, but he's known by his nickname, acquired from his fondness for buckwheat cereal as a youngster. He was an altar boy at St. Florian Church and attended Hamtramck High, where he was starting end on offense and defense.

He tried out for the Michigan State football team, but lasted all of three days. "I was a walk-on and a carry-off," he quips. He volunteered for the U. S. Army after his freshman year and returned to MSU two years later to get a degree in communication arts.

His resume is a lengthy listing of the myriad jobs, clubs and organizations with which Jerzy has been associated. He started out in sports PR for Clarkson College in upstate New York, then the same position at Wayne State University, and then Ford Motor Company in employee communications.

He's been a property and casualty insurance agent for about four decades. In his retirement, he's on call as a substitute high school teacher for six area school districts.

Jerzy wrote sports for The Detroit News, did publicity for the Hazel Park Harness Raceway and for boxing events at Cobo Arena. He was executive director of the Michigan Bowling Proprietors Association. He is a lifetime honorary member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

In 1989-91, he was chairman of the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. (Full disclosure: I held the same post for three years preceding him.) He was secretary of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

An avid boater, Jerzy was commodore of the Downtown Yacht Club and former director of the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.

He adds: "I'm a good Catholic boy, too." His two sons and two daughters graduated from Royal Oak Shrine, and he and his wife, Paula, are active members of Holy Cross (Hungarian) Church in the southwest/Delray part of Detroit.

"You know, I think I should write a book," Jerzy says. He'd have no lack of material to draw upon.

Don Horkey may be reached at


Registration is now open for the inaugural Student Broadcast Academy taking place in Atlanta, Ga. July 17-19! Secure your spot now at:

We invite all student broadcasters, their teachers and families to join us to hear ...from successful sports broadcasters from major networks, develop skills through hands-on broadcast training sessions and be recognized for their accomplishments!
Visit the NFHS Network for more details. Registration is now open for the inaugural Student Broadcast Academy taking place in Atlanta, Ga. July 17-19! Secure your spot now at:

 We invite all student broadcasters, their teachers and families to join us to hear from successful sports broadcasters from major networks, develop skills through hands-on broadcast training sessions and be recognized for their accomplishments.


DSBA Student Member Evan Stockton, graduate of Detroit Novi Catholic Central High School and a Syracuse University freshman meets DSBA Active Member George Blaha prior to the Pistons/Rockets game at The Palace of Auburn Hills on January 31, 2015. Thank you to Kevin Grigg, Vice President, Detroit Pistons, who is a DSBA member. Photo courtesy of Jamie Kitts.


New head football coach Jim Harbaugh introduced during halftime of a Wolverine basketball game.

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Members on the Go
  • DSBA Officers Re-Elected for 2015 are: President Vicki Foley, Vice President Jim Rein, Secretary Sherrie Handrinos, Tresurer Bill Wischman, Jr., Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Harrington.  Will Tieman remains as Immediate Past President and George Eichorn as DSBA Executive Director.  Congrats!
  • Paul Ciccinni, DSBA Active Member, was named News Anchor, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Peoria, Illinois, anchoring the 5, 6  and 10 p.m. newscasts on WMBD 31.
  • Bill Harrington, DSBA Associate Member, was named the 2013-14 season winner of the annual DSBA Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award" for excellence in public relations and media relations.  Congratulations Bill!
  • Congratulations to DSBA Active Member Dan Dickerson of the Tigers Radio Network and WXYT-FM & Jeff Siedel of the Detroit Free Press on being named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year and Michigan Sports Writer of the Year, respectively!
Mary Brandstatter
Mother of DSBA Past President Jim Brandstatter

Charles and Rose Graus
Father and Mother of DSBA member Steve Graus
Thom Lengyel
DSBA Active Member

Ben Eriksson
DSBA Active Member

Nick Martines
Friend of the DSBA
The following members join 7 others who have paid their 2015 DSBA Annual Membership Dues.  Please remit your payment of $60 (Students $20) to the DSBA at P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090. 

Mike Alberts
Jim Arnone 
Risa Balayem
George Benko
Robert Benko
Marc Blancke
Tony Bielski
Erin Brege
Joe Burns 
Don Carter
Paul Chapman
Andrew Chmura (S)
Zachary Damon
Kurt David
Dennis Davidson
Robert Dempster
Robert Dorogi
Martin Eichorn
Bill Eisner
Rich Eldridge
Shari Faulhaber
Ed Fernandez
Stan Fracker
William Fundaro Jr.
Frank Garza
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
P.J. Gradowski
Dan Graschuck
Steve Graus
Michael Hadden
Steve Hagar
Josh Hakala
Bill Harrington
Wendy Hart
Mario Impemba
Brendan Johnson (S)
John Johnson
Ken Kal
Bill Keith
Kent Kolb
Thom Lengyel
Mark J. Lewkowicz
John Love
Frank Mazzella
Dan McCarville
Vic Michaels
Paula Mikola
Steve Miller
Jon Paul Morosi
Robert Niederoest
James Oklur
Jeremy Otto (S)
Larry Paladino
Gus Pantelides
Steve Purdy
Richard Rachner
Tom Ryan
Griffin Schroeder (S)
Drew Sharp
Matt Steigenga
Jason Strayhorn
Matthew Sisoler (S)
Evan Stockton (S)
John Thiede
Trevor Thompson 
Will Tieman
Alan Watson
Jeff Weiss
Richard S. Wilson
William Wischman Jr.

(S) = Student Member 
The following individuals have made a recent contribution to the DSBA Grant Fund.  We thank them for their generosity. 

George Benko
Robert Benko
Paul Chapman
Ken Kal
John Love
Larry Paladino
Tom Ryan
Griffin Schroeder (S)
John Thiede 
Alan Watson
Kurt David - Author and TV Host
Joe Burns - Freelance 
Shari Faulhaber - Marketing, Campus Inn
Stan Fracker - Detroit Tigers Broadcasting
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler - Lansing Lugnuts announcer
Brendan Johnson (S) - De La Salle Broadcast Club
Evan Stockton (S) - Syracuse University

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:


 Stay tuned for more great upcoming events. 

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