Main BannerMarch/April 2015


 Dear DSBA Members & Media, 
Plan now to join us for any of three special luncheons we have planned between now and the end of May.  Show your support for our great organization and honor us with your media coverage and presence on:
   - Thursday, April 30, at the DSBA-Detroit Grand Prix luncheon featuring Driver Scott Dixon, Flagstar Bank Office, One Woodward Building, Detroit, starts 11 am.
  - Wednesday, May 20, at the DSBA-Bayview Mackinac Race Pro Team Challenge luncheon featuring representatives from the Detroit Lions, Pistons, Red Wings & Tigers, Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit, starting at 11:30 am.
  - Friday, May 22, at the DSBA-National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame luncheon, at the American-Polish Cultural Center, Troy, starting at 11:45 am.
Make your plans NOW and RSVP to the DSBA at (586) 558-9103 or Or fax (586) 558-9104.

Vicki Foley, DSBA President



 The DSBA and Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) Detroit Chapter has named Safety Glover Quin as the 2014 Detroit Lions-DSBA-PFWA Media-Friendly Good Guy Award winner. Quin completed his 2nd season as a Detroit Lion and started all 16 Detroit regular season games and the team's playoff game at Dallas. He led Detroit in interceptions and made 73 tackles (53 solo) in the regular season and 2 tackles (both solo) in the post-season. He is a first time recipient of the award which annually goes to a Detroit Lions player demonstrating an above-average working relationship with reporters and broadcasters covering the team. 

Previous DSBA & PFWA Good Guy Award Recipients:

  • 2013 -  Rob Sims
  • 2012 - Stephen Tulloch
  • 2011 - Nate Burleson
  • 2010 - Calvin Johnson
  • 2009 - Dominic Raiola
  • 2008 - Corey Smith
  • 2007 - Roy Williams
  • 2006 - Mike Furrey
  • 2005 - Cory Schlesinger
  • 2004 - Eddie Drummond
  • 2003 - Dre' Bly
  • 2002 - Jason Hanson


The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America announced its 27th class of inductees recently at Daytona International Speedway, a list of legends representing a variety of racing disciplines. Ricky Carmichael, Walker Evans, Warren Johnson, Tommy Kendall, Mark Martin, Duke Nalon, and Lloyd Ruby will be inducted Thursday, June 18 at Detroit's historic Fillmore Theater. 
"This year's class truly reflects the wide range of American motorsports - which has always been the foundation for our facility," said Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. "These gentlemen achieved success on two wheels and four, on dirt and pavement, on every kind of track - plus off the road entirely."
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is racing's Cooperstown, memorializing achievement in all forms of motorized competition. Over the years, 216 motorsports luminaries have been inducted. The 99-person nominating panel itself reads like a "who's who" of racing, with stars such as Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Craig Breedlove and Richard Petty involved in the process.
The announcement was made in the Daytona International Speedway media center as part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, with domestic and international media in attendance.
"I am overwhelmed by the news that I'm getting into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, especially with this 2015 class of inductees," said Martin, who retired from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition last year. "I have a lot of respect for each [of the other inductees]."
Kendall, along with Carmichael, was present for the announcement.
"A lot of the names on this year's hall of fame are heroes of mine," said Kendall, one of America's greatest sports car racers. "[Being on the same list] doesn't really compute. I've been lucky to have good things happen during my career. To be mentioned with names like that ... at the end of the day it's nice to be recognized for the work you did."
Added Motocross/Supercross legend Carmichael:
"I am honored and humbled to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. As a kid growing up racing dirt bikes I never would have thought something like this was possible for me. To be in the company of some of the greatest names in motorsports is surreal. As you look at all of the great athletes and people that are in the Hall of Fame, it is hard for me to believe that I will be included among names like Ward, Hannah, Earnhardt, Petty or Garlits. This recognition is truly an honor."
 Some specifics regarding the remarkable achievements of this 27th MHOF class:

* Ricky Carmichael - Around the turn of the 21st century, Ricky Carmichael owned Motocross and Supercross racing in the United States. He won a 125cc Supercross championship and three consecutive outdoor Motocross titles before jumping to the 250cc class for Supercross in 1999 and Motocross in 2000. All told, he compiled 10 consecutive National Motocross titles, three riding 125cc bikes (1997-99) and seven in the premier class (2000-06). In the 2002 outdoor season, Carmichael won all 24 motos contested that year. He repeated that achievement in 2004. Carmichael amassed a career total of 150 victories. His 102 Motocross victories is an all-time record.
* Walker Evans - A career spanning more than 20 years began as a volunteer mechanic and ended being called a legend by many of his peers. He won nine SCORE World Championships, nine Baja 1000s, eight Mint 400s, eight Parker 400s, six Baja 500s, six Mojave 250s, six Fireworks 250s, and two Frontier 500s, all in desert competition. Also racing in the Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road series, he was the 1991 Grand National sport truck champion, and his two-truck team won the coveted Manufacturers Cup for Dodge, breaking an eight-year monopoly by Toyota. In all, Walker has more than 118 career victories and 17 championships.
* Warren Johnson -- As of the 2010 season, Johnson won six NHRA Pro Stock Championships and a total of 97 NHRA national events. He also is a two-time IHRA champion in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock division.  In 1997, he became the first NHRA Pro Stock driver to exceed 200 mph with a pass of 200.13 mph at Richmond, Va. He became the first Pro Stock driver to make a sub-6.9 second pass with a 6.894-second run at Richmond, Va. He won 30 percent of the races and appeared in 44 percent of the final rounds. He claimed four consecutive U.S. Nationals crowns from 1992-1995 and ended the decade with his sixth career nationals title in 1999. He was ranked seventh on the list of the best drivers of NHRA's first 50 years and is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
* Tommy Kendall - Tommy Kendall burst onto the professional sports car racing scene in a Clayton Cunningham IMSA GTU Mazda at the age of 19. He was a winner immediately, capturing consecutive GTU championships in 1986-1987. Switching to Chevrolets for 1988, he won his third consecutive GTU title in a Cars & Concepts Beretta. In four GTU seasons, he had won 15 races in just 50 starts. Kendall started collecting Trans-Am wins in 1990 and won the championship that year. He added titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997 driving Roush Racing Mustangs with 1997 a spectacular year with 11 consecutive wins, setting an all-time record for win streaks. Besides Trans-Am, Tommy competed in IMSA GTP, IROC, NASCAR, Corvette Challenge and the 24 Hours of Daytona, which he won twice.
* Mark Martin - Mark Martin made 882 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1981-2013 (two in active seasons in 1984-85), finishing second in the championship standings five times. After competing on and off for various team owners in the early and mid-1980s, he landed with Jack Roush's single-car outfit for the 1988 season. Together, Martin and Roush won 35 times in the Sprint Cup Series races through 2006, 41 times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and seven times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. After that he drove for Dale Earnhardt Inc., Ginn Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing. He also scored a record five IROC (International Race of Champions) championships. Martin won 96 NASCAR races during his entire career (40 Sprint Cup, 49 Xfinity, seven Camping World Truck). He's now back with Jack Roush as a driver development coach.
* Duke Nalon - A driver whose career spanned the pre- and post-World War II eras, Dennis "Duke" Nalon was among the top midget drivers before the war and also competed in several championship races.  Despite his many achievements, his experience with the famed Novi at Indianapolis probably won him his greatest fame. His first Indy 500 start came in 1938, and he competed until 1953 when he retired. His best showing was a third in 1948 in the Novi, a race he could have won except for a pit stop error late in the race. He set the qualifying record at Indy in 1949 and again in 1951, and won his last race, in a midget, in 1952. From 1946 through his retirement, Nalon led five different championship races for a total of 102 laps including his early domination of the 1949 Indy 500 when a mechanical failure sent his Novi crashing into the wall after winning the pole and leading for 28 laps. He also set a new one-lap pole winning qualifying record of 137.049 mph at Indy in 1951, also driving a Novi.
* Lloyd Ruby - Ruby's career began on the dirt tracks of Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and elsewhere with dozens of wins in midgets for Chet Wilson and Bob Nowicke, and culminated in 19 consecutive years in the Indianapolis 500 from 1960 through 1977, with a best finish of third in 1964. He also won in sports cars, including Ebb Rose's Micro-Lube Maserati, J. Frank Harrison's Lotus, and Carroll Shelby's Ford GT40 with Ken Miles. Ruby died of cancer in 2009 at age 81 in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas.
"Undeniably, this is another unbelievable class of inductees," said John Doonan, the chairman of the Motorsports Hall of Fame board of directors. "And it's also another class which personifies what the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is all about."
Tickets for the induction ceremony can be purchased by calling 248-349-7223 or through the Hall of Fame's website
The Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame of America is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation Inc.

TED LINDSAY TRIBUTE                

Kathy Best, DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member, received an invitation honoring Ted Lindsay. Although she is unable to attend, she wishes to share the information with her fellow DSBA members.

On Saturday, April 25th during Autism Awareness Month, an evening honoring the life and work of Ted Lindsay, co-founder of the Ted Lindsay Foundation, is scheduled to be held at the San Marino Club, 1685 East Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan 48083.  Ted took his passion on the ice to off the ice and co-founded the foundation 15 years ago. The mission supports research and educational programs focusing on the cause and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ted is turning 90 and is 50 years retired from the National Hockey League and his Hall of Fame career. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., with a family-style dinner and program to follow. Dancing to Detroit's own Johnny Trudell Orchestra until midnight. The cost is $150 per guest, by invitation only. Black tie optional.

FROM DSBA 2015 GOLF COMMITTEE               
Plan NOW to join us and support the 2015 DSBA Charity Golf Outing presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, now in its 29th year! 
The date is Monday, July 13th at Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center in Shelby Township, Mich. Activities start at 7:30 am with tee-times at 9 am. 
Call (313) 886-5500 and ask for Bill.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association CHARITY GOLF SCRAMBLE, is our largest fundraiser of the year.  You can help us make this event successful by assisting in the gaining the support from businesses in the community that enjoy sports, enjoy listening to our broadcaster professionals, and like that we support education with our grant funds.
Please see our DSBA Golf Sponsorship Form. Our goal is to obtain a MINIMUM of 20 Ad Sponsors and 18 hole sponsor signs.  We also have event sponsorships available for the asking!

Thank you.

Bill Harrington, Golf Committee Chairman

James Rein, Golf Committee Co-Chairman
Vicki Foley, President
George Eichorn, Executive Director


We are delighted to congratulate DSBA member Bill Eisner, an official photographer for the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Fire Department, on a special new movie. 

The link below (Detroit Free Press article) is about the movie and about Bill and his pictures for the fire department.
The DSBA recognizes and salutes Bill on his great work.

BUDD LYNCH GOLF            

The Guidance Center will hold its 26th Anniversary Budd Lynch Golf Classic on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club.  Also join them for the Swing into Summer Pre-Party to kick off the golf outing on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Detroit's Madison Building Rooftop.  Mr. Lynch was a longtime supporter of the Guidance Center and a loving advocate for children. He passed away in October 2012.  Golfer will enjoy a full afternoon of 18 holes on the beautiful Grosse Ile course. Registration and barbeque lunch at 11 a.m. Shotgun scramble at 12:30 p.m. Sit-down dinner after golf, including silent auction and raffle. For ore information on the golf outing, pre-party or sponsorships, call Fran Waskiewicz at 734-785-7708 ext. 7135 or


Congratulations to the 2015 Midwest Open Mixed Doubles Champions Jacqueline Cako and Joel Kielbowicz after winning the Final 6-1, 6-3.  They defend their 2014 crown and become the 3rd team in history to win the tournament two times in a row. Photo by Ron Angel.


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: 


The DSBA Officers and Members congratulate Associate Member Robert Dempster on his winning the 2015 Pillar of the Community Arts & Culture "Vibrancy" Award. He is shown accepting his award on March 25th at The Community House in Birmingham. "I am humbled and thankful," said our famous artist in residence of the DSBA, Dempster. "Thank you for your friendship and support."  Read more at R.G. Dempster or

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
BASEBALL IS BACK!            


Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
PISTONS VS. WIZARDS             


Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.


Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.


Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.


Photo courtesy of Allen Einstein/NBA Images

The crew of Mostly Harmless celebrates its 2014 Bayview Mackinac Race Pro Team Challenge win with a pre-game ceremony on February 22, 2015 at half-court at The Palace of Auburn Hills, prior to the Detroit Pistons/Washington Wizards game. Pistons Vice President Kevin Grigg, DSBA officials George Eichorn, Bill Harrington and Jim Rein were on hand for the ceremony. 
Members on the Go
  • Jim Brandstatter, Jamie Edmonds, Dan Miller, Tom Leyden and Will Tieman, all DSBA Active Members, had announcing/host responsibilities at the 59th Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Induction, held February 12 at the Motor City Casino Sound Board. DSBA Members Kurt Kosmowski, Scott Lesher and Christine Liniarski has contributed significant time. Other DSBA members in attendance included Bryan Bender, George Blaha, Butch Davis, George Eichorn, Roger Faulkner, Al Fellhauer, Terry Foster, Dan Graschuck, Kevin Grigg, Bill Harrington, Wendy Hart, John Lewandowski, Bruce Madej, Tony Michaels, Jon Paul Morosi, Rob Parker, Larry Paladino and Eli Zaret.
  • Tom Leyden, DSBA Active Member, is joining Boston FOX affiliate WFXT. Leyden is the lead sports anchor for WXYZ in Detroit, Mich. He told The Detroit News the move was, "The most difficult decision I've ever made, without question. If I could pick up my job in Detroit and move it to that location, I would have." Before starting at WXYZ in 2004, he worked at WFMZ in Allentown, Pa. He has also worked as a sales and marketing manager for the NHL, and as a publishing account executive for the NFL.
  • Ronnie Kadykowski, DSBA Student Member, and another student represented Pepperdine Law School in a National Competition at Fordham University in NY recently. They were runners up out of 32 law schools, competing with Law Schools like Duke, NYU, etc. The Fordham National Basketball Negotiation Competition is hosted by the Sports Law Forum of Fordham University School of Law.  Competitors are scored exclusively on their oral argument performance. Congratulations on behalf of the DSBA.
    Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has named pro basketball beat reporter Vincent Goodwill as its Bulls "Insider" effective immediately.  In this position, Goodwill will lead Comcast SportsNet's coverage of the Bulls across the network's growing list of multiplatforms, highlighted by's 'BullsTalk' franchise, and will also serve as an on-air Bulls contributor on Bulls Pregame Live, SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live.  Goodwill can be followed on Twitter @vgoodwill

    Many people in this business dream of returning to a station in their hometown and covering the city of their youth. And for Vic Faust that dream is coming true. KTVI, the Fox affiliate in St. Louis, announced that Vic will be the station's new main anchor (5 pm & 9 pm) beginning in April. As many of you know, Vic's roots in St. Louis and the state of Missouri run deep - and extend beyond his unwavering love of the Cardinals. He caught the TV bug as a kid thanks to a St. Louis sports anchor who was must-see TV for a young Vic. And after graduating from the University of Missouri, he worked at two stations in the state before becoming a sports director in Tulsa, and then joining the Channel 7 Action News Sports team in 2004.

    2004?! Can you believe it's been more than 10 years?! Those who've been here long enough can attest that it didn't take long for Vic to become a cornerstone of Action News. Always upbeat, reliable and entertaining, he lit up the weekends as a sports anchor and then a morning news anchor, before joining Alicia on Action News This Morning. Outside of the building he's been a go-to guy for countless charities, eager to volunteer his time for a good cause. Trust me, many non-profits will be sad to hear Vic is going home.
    St. Louis is also home for Vic's wife Jennifer. Her family is giddy to know they're coming home, with the "grand kids" Ava, Drake and Graham. So all of this is certainly bittersweet. But it's a tremendous opportunity for Vic and his family. His last day at Action News was April 3. 
Dave Bergman
Friend of the DSBA

Daniel J. Mullaly
Friend of Art Vuolo

Paul Rappold

Friend of DSBA Member George Eichorn 
William "Butch" Davis
DSBA Active Member 

Nick Martines
DSBA Photographer 
The following individuals have paid their 2015 DSBA Dues since our last eNewsletter, joining 77 others who previously paid. If you have yet to pay your 2015 dues please do so now at or send to DSBA, PO Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090.

Al Abrams
Scott Allen
Ron Angel
Bill Axtel
Frank Beckmann
Bryan Bender
George Blaha
Jim Brandstatter
Ron Cameron
Mark Champion
Ken Daniels
William "Butch" Davis
Dan Dickerson
Jason Dizik
Marty Dobek
Ben Eriksson
Bradley Feders
Al Fellhauer
Anthony Fenech
Vicki Foley
Terry Foster
Sherrie Handrinos
Dr. Robert Hasbany
Ronnie Kadykowski (S)
Rich Kincaide
Charlie Lemmex
Christine Liniarski
Laura Loviska
Tom Mazawey
Dominic Menzo
Dan Miller
Jeremy Olstyn
Trayon Samuel (S)
Bernie Smilovitz
Roger Smith
Steve Stuckey
Jack Sznewajs (S)
Art Vuolo
Scott Wilson
Bob Wojnowski
Jon Yinger
Dan York
Eli Zaret
(S) = Student Member 
The following individuals have made recent DSBA Grant Fund donations for which the organization is most grateful.

Ron Angel
Jim Brandstatter
Ken Daniels
Richard Moseley
Ronnie Kadykowski (S)
Dennis Knight
Ray Lane
Dan Miller
Paul Spelman
Bob Walkowski
Jon Yinger

(S) = Student Member
Bradley Feders - Freelance
Dr. Robert Hasbany - Sports Medicine
Jack Sznewajs (S) - U of D Jesuit Cub Sports Broadcasts

The Family of Mary Elizabeth Brandstatter acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression of sympathy and your participation in the celebration of her extraordinary life.  Thanks to all at the DSBA for your kindness to my Dad's Endowed Scholarship in memory of my Mom. This is a great and long honored institution and with your gesture to my family you have proven the DSBA's class. Many thanks.
- Jim Brandstatter

During a time like this we realize how much our friends and relatives really mean to us. Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered.

- Steve Graus 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:


Thursday, April 30, 2015 
DSBA / Detroit Grand Prix Luncheon  
featuring Indy 500 & Detroit Grand Prix Champion Driver Scott Dixon 
Where: Flagstar Bank Office, One Woodward Building, Detroit 
Time:  11:00 a.m. with complimentary lunch 
RSVP to the DSBA at (586) 558-9103 or  Or fax (586) 558-9104.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  
DSBA / Bayview Mackinaw Race Pro Team Challenge Luncheon
featuring representatives from the Detroit Lions, Pistons, Red Wings & Tigers 
Where: Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit 
Time:  11:30 a.m.arrival with complimentary lunch 
RSVP to the DSBA at (586) 558-9103 or  Or fax (586) 558-9104.
 Friday, May 22, 2015  
DSBA / National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon 
Where: American-Polish Cultural Center, Troy  
Time:  11:45 a.m. with authentic Polish Food family-style $15  
RSVP to the DSBA at (586) 558-9103 or  Or fax (586) 558-9104.
Monday, July 13, 2015 
29th Annual Charity Golf Scramble
Where: Cherry Creek Golf Club, Shelby Township
Time:  9:00 am Shotgun Start
For more information, contact Bill Harrington at 313-886-5500

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DSBA Address: P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-1222
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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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