Main BannerSeptember/October 2015


Dear Friends,

As we Kick Off our Fall line-up of events, we continue to look for unique and powerful ways to serve our membership and honor outstanding athletes and sports media excellence.  We recently launched new Twitter and Instagram accounts @dsbasocial to help engage our members and share sports and broadcasting news, media coverage, and DSBA communications.  Please follow us and participate with photos, news and comments!

On October 6th we'll once again offer members, media, and guests a rare opportunity for a dialogue with Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland, along with other Red Wings front office personnel, at our Annual Detroit Red Wings Luncheon at 11:45am at Hockeytown CafĂ©'.  The program will be emceed this year by Fox Sports Detroit's Red Wings' Play-by-Play Announcer Ken Daniels.  While it's a great exclusive preview into the upcoming season, the event also gives the DSBA an opportunity to address our very important educational mission to foster students and academic programs pursuing excellence and opportunities in sports media.

At this year's luncheon we will recognize three students from Specs Howard School of Media Arts who have been selected to receive 2015 DSBA Scholarships.  Each year students from Specs Howard have an opportunity to submit an application along with a 500 word essay describing their commitment to sports media, their career goals, and need for the scholarship.  The applicants must be current students, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and demonstrate financial need.  Once the applications are reviewed by the DSBA, we have the difficult task of narrowing the pool and selecting up to eight students for interviews in the final selection process.   

Many thanks to members Jon Yinger, President & CEO CBSL Radio, and Ken Kal, Detroit Red Wings Play-by-Play Announcer WXYT, for their continued annual contributions to the interview and selection process!  Thank you also to Lisa Zahodne, President/COO, and Randy Zdrowjewski, Director of Student Success, at Specs Howard for their partnership in this annual endeavor.

This year's recipients are Blair Glover, Philip Accettura, and Derrick A. Jones II.  Please join us on October 6th at Hockeytown to congratulate these students on their outstanding achievements!

The "BIG GAME" Tablegate Media Luncheon is an autumn opportunity to highlight two of the State of Michigan's great academic and athletic institutions, leading into one of America's greatest football rivalries - Michigan State vs Michigan. In addition, it offers an opportunity to "tablegate" in the elegance of the Skyline Club with food and refreshments from State of Michigan based companies.

The event is open to Michigan State and Michigan alumni and is limited to about 150 guests max. We invite former UM and MSU players to talk about the UM / MSU rivalry, sharing fun stories about the experience. Veteran Detroit Sports Broadcaster, Eli Zaret, moderates the discussion. This year (2015) will be our 8th Tablegate and our theme is "The Playmakers" featuring Mill (The Thrill) Coleman, Andre Rison, T.J. Duckett, Jamie Morris, Ronald Bellamy and other guests.  RSVP for October 6th and/or October 14th now at or (586) 558-9103 

Hope to see you on the 6th!

Kindest regards,
- Vicki

Photo courtesy of Bob Benko. 
WJR is proud to announce a special honor for two members of the WJR family who will be inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

First, Frank Beckmann who you hear on WJR from 9-12 each weekday morning:  It's an honor bestowed on Frank by his peers. A committee of officers from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters voted Frank into the hall, which represents the highest honor among the members of our industry in Michigan. Here's what the notation says which accompanies Frank's placement in the hall: Frank Beckmann started his on-air career in 1972 at WJR, where he was the youngest newsman the station had ever hired at the age of 22.  In 1981, Frank created the first Radio Sports Talk Show in Michigan, "Sportswrap."  Frank went on to serve as the main substitute for legendary WJR morning show host, J.P. McCarthy, before becoming the radio voice of the Detroit Tigers.  For seven years he broadcast the Tigers on television, while remaining at WJR in a sports capacity.  In 2004, he began hosting The Frank Beckmann Show, a news/talk program during the mid-morning hours.  He has received numerous awards for the show and it has regularly been the top rated program at WJR.

In addition to Frank, we are proud of another beloved member of the WJR family who is also inducted into the 2015 class of the broadcasting hall of fame. Mike Fezzey, our longtime general manager, has also been elected to the hall of fame. Mike passed away earlier this year. The MAB notation for Mike reads: Mike Fezzey served as president and general manager of Detroit's WJR-AM radio, beginning in 1994 and was with WJR until 2011.  He was most recently, and at the time of his death, President of Huntington's Southeastern Michigan Region in Troy, Michigan. In addition to his WJR history, Fezzey launched and ran Radio Disney Detroit programming for ABC.  Feezey has also been honored with community awards for his service, in addition to his broadcasting career.

Also inducted is Larry Patrick who serves as Managing Partner of Patrick Communications, LLC, a media investment banking and brokerage firm.  He also owns 14 small market radio stations and is an investor in another 26 stations. Patrick has co-authored three books on broadcast station management and finance, as well as several journal articles.  He is also currently an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Central Michigan University

Frank and Mike join other WJR figures in the hall of fame... Glenn Hague, Mike Whorf, Jim Brandstatter, Bob Reynolds, Jim Quello, Ernie Harwell and J.P.  McCarthy.

Milo Hamilton, ASA Lifetime Member and legendary broadcaster known for his call of Hank Aaron's record breaking 715th home run in 1974, has died. He was 88.
In making the announcement, Lou Schwartz, ASA President, said, "Not only has the sportscasting world lost a legend, but the ASA and I have lost a dear friend."

An Iowa native, Hamilton got his first taste of broadcasting on the Armed Forces Radio Network while serving in the Navy during World War II. He went on to attend the University of Iowa and secured his first big league job in 1953 with the St. Louis Browns of the American League. 

After stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Hamilton was named the play-by-play announcer of the newly relocated Atlanta Braves in 1966. Hamilton spent nine years in Atlanta, with his biggest moment coming during the Braves' home opener on April 8, 1974, when he put his stamp on baseball history:

"... He's sittin' on 714... Here's the pitch by Downing... swinging... there's a drive into left-center field... that ball is gonna be... OUTTA HERE! IT'S GONE! IT'S 715! There's a new home run champion of all time... and it's HENRY AARON!" 

In 1985, Hamilton joined the Houston Astros where he enjoyed his longest tenure as an announcer, serving as the team's No.1 play-by-play voice from 1987 until his retirement in 2012. 

Among his many honors, Hamilton received the 1992 Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame, was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2000, and had a street named after him in downtown Houston in 2009.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck

DB Glover Quin of the Lions received his 2014 DSBA-PFWA Good Guy Award from President Vicki Foley and DSBA Auction winners Bob Paul, far left and Rick Bouck, far right.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck
Center Travis Swanson of the Lions received his 2014 DSBA-Lions Rookie of the Year Award from President Vicki Foley and DSBA Auction winners Bob Paul, far left and Rick Bouck, far right.

GET SOCIAL WITH THE DSBA!               

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has launched a new Twitter account.  The @dsbasocial Twitter account will serve as a new way to engage directly with our members, sports teams, athletes, and media, as well as a quick link to the latest DSBA news and events.  The content is managed and administrated by Blair Glover, a DSBA Student Member and 2015 recipient of a DSBA Specs Howard School of Media Arts Scholarship.   Blair has a BA in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan, experience in marketing, public relations, and television production with professional sports teams and non-profits, and is expected to graduate from Specs Howard in October with a 3.7 GPA.  Follow us and Tweet with Blair @dsbasocial!


MANY THANKS to each of our four Major Professional Teams for supporting the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association request for items to support the Matt Langley Memorial Golf Scramble that raises money for Beaumont Hospital's Student Heart Check program.

 Lions - Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson signed footballs
 Pistons - Tayshaun Prince signed basketball
 Red Wings - Gustav Nyquist signed jersey
 Tigers - Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos

 Just one of the reasons why Detroit fans and Detroit teams make the "D" one of the BEST sports cities in the nation.

 --Bill Harrington

Photo courtesy of Bob Benko.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
LIONS vs. BRONCOS AT FORD FIELD               
 Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos invaded Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions for a nationally televised game on Sunday night.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
LIONS vs. JETS AT FORD FIELD               
 Detroit Lions rusher Theo Riddick of Notre Dame is upended by Jets defender Marcus Gilchrist of Clemson.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
Members on the Go
  • Jim Brandstatter, DSBA Member & Past President, has begun his 2nd season on play-by-play and 32nd season overall on the University of Michigan Football broadcasts as heard locally on WWJ-AM 950. He also hosts the syndicated weekly Inside Michigan Football Coaches Show with Jim Harbaugh and a similar radio show with Harbaugh. Brandstatter had also begun his 29th season as analyst on Detroit Lions Football as heard locally on WXYT-FM 97.1.
  • George Blaha, DSBA Member, has anchored Michigan State University Spartan football broadcasts now for nearly four decades. Heard locally on WJR-AM 760.
  • Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, DSBA Member, recently worked with students from the DSBA and Student Broadcast Foundation on Lansing Lugnuts baseball play-by-play and game analysis. Goldberg-Strassler is the radio voice of the Lugnuts.
  • P.J. Gradowski, DSBA Member, has started a new job at the University of Detroit Mercy as Director of Athletic Communications.
  • Jeremiah Hergott, DSBA Member, has started his new job at University Of Detroit Mercy as Director of Athletic Marketing & Promotions.
  • Buck Jerzy, DSBA Lifetime Member, recently retired as statistician of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football broadcasts on Westwood One.
  • Brendan Johnson, DSBA Student Member, has begun his 1st season as pre-game and post-game host of the Detroit Catholic HIgh School League Football Game on the Week on WDTK-AM 1400.
  • John Johnson, DSBA Member, hosts the Michigan High School Athletic Association's "This Week in High School Sports" statewide and heard locally on WDTK-AM 1400.
  • Charlie Lemmex, DSBA Member, recently retired as a Toronto-based radio sports reporter.
  • Mark Lewkowicz, DSBA Member, was elected president of the Romulus (Mich.) Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dan Miller, DSBA Member, has begun his 11th season as play-by-play voice of the Detroit Lions.
  • Jeremy Otto, DSBA Member, has begun his 2nd season as play-by-play voice of the Detroit Catholic High School League Football Game of the Week on WDTK.
  • Jason Strayhorn, DSBA Member, has started his 10th season on MSU Spartans football broadcasts on the Spartan Sports Network and WJR.
  • Will Tieman started his 18th year on the Spartans football broadcast team, serving as broadcast host on the Spartan Sports Network and WJR.
Sept. 6, 1920 - First Radio Broadcast of a Prizefight -Jack Dempsey vs. Billy Miske - WWJ
Nov. 25, 1920 - First Radio Play-by-Play Broadcast of a Collegiate Football Game - Texas University vs. Mechanical College of Texas -WTAW
Aug. 5, 1921 - First Radio Broadcast of a Baseball Game-Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies Harold Arlin on KDKA
Aug. 6, 1921 - First Radio Broadcast of a Tennis Match - Australia vs. Great Britian, Davis Cup - Harold Arlin on KDKA
Oct. 5, 1921 - First Radio Broadcast of a World Series- New York Yankees vs. New York Giants Sandy Hunt and Tommy Cowan on WJZ
Oct. 7, 1922 - First Radio Chain Broadcast- WJZ and WGY transmitted a World Series game from the field Grantland Rice and Graham McNamee
Nov. 24, 1923 - First Radio Broadcast of the Annual Army -Navy football game - Graham McNamee
Jan. 1, 1927 - First Coast-to-Coast Radio Program - Univ. of Alabama vs. Stanford - originating from Pasadena, Calif., broadcast from the Rose Bowl - NBC network

May 17, 1939 - First Televised Sports Event - Columbia vs. Princeton baseball - Bill Stern on NBC
Aug. 26, 1939 - First Television Broadcast of a Pro Baseball Game- Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Red Barber on W2XBS
Oct. 22, 1939 - First Television Broadcast of a Pro Football Game-Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Eagles - W2XBS
Feb. 25, 1940 - First Television Broadcast of a Hockey Game-New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens -W2XBS
Feb.28, 1940 - First Televsion Broadcast of a Basketball Game -Fordham Univ. vs. Univ. of Pittsburgh W2XBS
Sept. 30, 1947 - First Televised World Series-New York Yankees vs.Brooklyn Dodgers - aired on three stations: WABD, WCBS, WNBT -Bob Edge, Bob Stanton and Bill Slater
Oct. 3, 1951 - First Coast-to-Coast Television Broadcast of a Baseball Game-NY Giants vs.Brooklyn Dodgers, Game 3 of NL playoffs. Giants win on Bobby Thomson's homerun known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World."- Ernie Harwell
Aug. 26, 1955 - First Color Television broadcast - Davis Cup match between Australia and the U.S. - NBC
July 23, 1962 - First Satellite Telecast via Telstar Communications- included portion of Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies from Wrigley Field - Jack Brickhouse
Jan.15, 1967 - First Television Broadcast of a Football Championship- Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs - Jack Buck

Nov. 8, 1972 - First Sports Telecast by HBO - New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks from Madison Square Garden reaches HBO's 365 subscribers in Wilkes Barre, Pa. - Marty Glickman
Aug. 16, 1976 - First Pro Football Game Outside the United States- St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers in Japan- Jack Buck
Aug. 3, 1993 - First Woman to do Television Play-by-Play of a Baseball Game -Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds -Gayle Gardner on KNGN-TV in Denver

Veronica Valentine

Evan Petzold
Macomb Lutheran High School 
The following individuals have paid their 2015 DSBA Dues since our last eNewsletter, joining 142 others who previously paid dues. If you have yet to pay your 2015 dues please kindly do so at or send to: DSBA, PO Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-1222.

Cameron Evans
Kevin Grigg
Cletus Lewis
Evan Petzold (S)
Veronica Valentine
Brendan Welper (S)
(S) = Student Member 
Thanks to the following individual for his recent contribution to the DSBA Grant Fund.

Paul Carey

(S) = Student Member
Your kind expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged by the family of Dolores Chubka.

-Kirk Chubka
For exclusive DSBA photographs by Mike Alberts, Robert Benko, Bill Eisner, Ben Eriksson, David Frisco, Frank Garza, Dan Graschuck, Bill Harrington, Nick Martines and Janet Slabaugh, please go to:


Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Detroit Red Wings Day at DSBA
Time: 11:45 am
Featuring Red Wings Exec V-P & GM Ken Holland & Others
Introduction of our DSBA/Specs Howard Scholarship Winners
Site: Hockeytown Cafe, Detroit
Cost: $20 Members and $25 Guests

RSVP: or (586) 558-9103

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: MSU Spartans & U-M Wolverines Alumni
Site: The Skyline Club, Southfield
Cost: $25 Members and $30 Guests

RSVP: or (586) 558-9103

Date To Be Announced
Detroit Pistons Day at DSBA
Time: 11:45 am
Featuring Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower
Site: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Cost: TBA

RSVP: or (586) 558-9103

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