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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT                     
Dear Friends,
As my last term as DSBA President comes to an end, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our members, the Executive Board, volunteers, and supporters for this extraordinary experience!  When I was asked four years ago if I would accept the nomination for DSBA President I was flattered and excited, but I honestly didn't think I would actually be elected.  There had never been a female president of this historic organization.  What an honor it has been to be the first. 
These past four years have gone by in a blink.  When I started this venture, I didn't know what to expect, but I felt a great responsibility to find a way to help move the DSBA in a more relevant direction, while not diminishing any of its rich history.   I feel collectively, we have made great, evolutionary strides in that direction, and I know the best is yet to come. 
On a personal level, I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.  It is overwhelming to try and note all of the events, experiences, accomplishments, and setbacks of our organizational agenda these past few years, but  of I have met, served, and served with some of the most respected and wonderful people in this industry.  That, my friends, is priceless.     
I look at the list of distinguished DSBA past presidents, and I am humbled to be a part of that now.  Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association in this capacity the past four years.  It is my sincere hope that I have served this fine organization well. 
God Bless and warmest regards, 


Jon Yinger (holding plaque) receives the 2015 Ernie Harwell Award from DSBA Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Harrington, Executive Director George Eichorn and President Vicki Foley. Photo courtesy of Bob Benko. 
DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn, DSBA President Vicki Foley and DSBA Marketing Director & Sgt.-at-Arms Bill Harrington present longtime DSBA active member Jonathan Yinger with his 2015 DSBA Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award. Previous recipients include the late Ernie Harwell, John Fountain, Paul Carey and Ray Lane. This prestigious DSBA award - named after the late Hall of Fame Detroit Tigers announcer - recognizes individuals who contribute immeasurably to the DSBA though donations of time, talent and treasure. Yinger is instrumental in the annual DSBA Scholarship Awards and his involvement and donations to the DSBA.


Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann was named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association recently.
McCann hit .264 (106×401) with 32 runs scored, 18 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 41 RBI in 114 games during his rookie season. McCann ranked fourth among American League rookies with 29 multi-hit games, while he was fifth with five triples, seventh with 106 hits, 155 total bases and 41 RBI and tied for seventh with 18 doubles.

Defensively, McCann led all major league catchers with a 1.000 fielding percentage (777TC/0E) after not committing an error in 112 games. McCann became the sixth catcher in major league history to catch at least 100 games in a season and not commit an error. He also ranked tied for third in the AL with 24 catcher caught stealing, while he was ninth with a 40.6% caught stealing percentage.

McCann will be presented with his award prior to a 2016 Tigers home game at Comerica Park. The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has selected a Tigers Rookie of the Year since 1969.

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Recipients of the Tigers Rookie of the Year Award

1969 - Mike Kilkenny, LHP
1970 - Elliott Maddox, 3B/OF
1971 - No Award
1972 - Chuck Seelbach, RHP
1973 - Dick Sharon, OF
1974 - Ron LeFlore, OF
1975 - Vern Ruhle, RHP
1976 - Mark Fidrych, RHP
1977 - Dave Rozema, RHP
1978 - Lou Whitaker, 2B
1979 - Lynn Jones, OF
1980 - Rick Peters, OF
1981 - No Award
1982 - Glenn Wilson, OF
1983 - Dave Gumpert, RHP
1984 - Barbaro Garbey, 1B
1985 - Nelson Simmons, OF
1986 - Eric King, RHP
1987 - Matt Nokes, C
1988 - Paul Gibson, LHP
1989 - Kevin Ritz, RHP
1990 - Travis Fryman, SS
1991 - Milt Cuyler, OF
1992 - Scott Livingstone, 3B
1993 - Chris Gomez, SS
1994 - Chris Gomez, SS
1995 - Bobby Higginson, OF
1996 - Tony Clark, 1B
1997 - Delvi Cruz, SS
1998 - Matt Anderson, RHP
1999 - Gabe Kapler, OF
2000 - Jose Macias, 2B/3B
2001 - Victor Santos, RHP
2002 - Carlos Pena, 1B
2003 - Craig Monroe, OF
2004 - Nook Logan, OF
2005 - Curtis Granderson, OF
2006 - Justin Verlander, RHP
2007 - Ryan Raburn, OF
2008 - Armando Galarraga, RHP
2009 - Rick Porcello, RHP
2010 - Austin Jackson, OF
2011 - Al Alburquerque, RHP
2012 - Quintin Berry, OF
2013 - Jose Iglesias, SS
2014 - Nick Castellanos, 3B

2015 - James McCann, C


Thursday, December 17, 2015 
DSBA Annual Christmas Party 
Featuring emcee Tom Ryan 
and Santa Claus!!! 
Bring a Gift or Two Please ($10 Min. each) 
Bring your 2016 Dues Payment
Time: 11:45 a.m.   
Venue: Sinbad's on the River in Detroit 
Cost: $30 Members and $35 Guests 
RSVP: or 586-558-9103  
Questions: 586-558-9103 or email

Photo courtesy of Dave Reginek, Detroit Red Wings.  

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek was honored prior to the Detroit Red Wings-Edmonton Oilers game on November 27, 2015 as the 2014-15 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. On hand to present the unique new "broadcast microphone" award were DSBA President Vicki Foley, DSBA St.-at-Arms & Marketing Officer Bill Harrington and DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn. 

A 23-year-old
netminder from Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek suited up for 29 games with the Red Wings in 2014-15, leading the team with a 2.38 goals-against average, 0.918 save percentage and three shutouts, alongside his 16-9-2 record. Among NHL rookie goalies who started more than 15 games, Mrazek placed third in wins, second in goals-against average, first in save percentage and second in shutouts. He also started all seven postseason games for Detroit against the Tampa Bay Lightning, posting an2.11 goals-against average, 0.925 save percentage and two shutouts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mrazek became just the fifth goalie in NHL history to post two shutouts in the same playoff series in which he made his NHL playoff debut. 

The DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award dates back to the 1948-49 NHL season. Previous recipients of the award include current Red Wings
PavelDatsyuk, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard, JakubKindl, NiklasKronwall, Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.  
TABLEGATE LUNCHEON                   
On October 14, 2015 the 8th Annual DSBA Tablegate luncheon presented by Uncle Ray's Chips featuring MSU stars Mill "The Thrill" Coleman, Bryan Clark plus announcer George Blaha, and U-M stars Jamie Morris and Rod Bellamy plus broadcaster Jim Brandstatter, at the Southfield Skyline Club in the Town Center. Detroit sports broadcast legend Eli Zaret was moderator. A sold-out audience was on hand. The menu buffet featured Michigan-made products such as Traverse City cherry salad, sliders, Detroit Coney Island hot dogs, Faygo beverages and Uncle Ray's Chips. A giant sheet cake will be cut by the U-M and MSU players and a Paul Bunyon mascot was on hand. Each attendee received a commemorative MSU vs. U-M lapel pin courtesy of the Spartan Sports Network. Dave Hodson, Vice President-Finance was on hand from presenting sponsor Uncle Ray's.  More photos from Bob Benko, Dan Graschuck & Mark Lewkowicz are available at or by request at, ask for Tablegate photos.

The Detroit Lions and Cumulus Media announced on November 18, 2015 a five-year broadcast partnership making News/Talk 760 WJR the flagship station for Lions football beginning in 2016. Additional terms were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to have the Detroit Lions back on WJR AM 760, The Great Voice of the Great Lakes, said Tom O'Brien, VP Market Manager, WJR. "The long history and tradition of both the Detroit Lions and WJR make this a natural partnership well into the future. We look forward to providing a passionate, exciting broadcast for Lions fans in addition to year round Lions programming on WJR. Many thanks to the Detroit Lions organization and the Ford Family for making this renewed relationship possible."
All Lions Radio Network programming, including live game broadcasts, pre- and postgame shows, the regular season weekly show and additional offseason programming will air exclusively on News/Talk 760 WJR. The team and WJR will extend the reach of the broadcasts with an extensive radio network across the state of Michigan and in northern Ohio.
"The Detroit Lions look forward to a mutually beneficial and rewarding partnership with News/Talk 760 WJR," said Detroit Lions Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships Elizabeth Parkinson. "WJR's signal strength and world class staff will ensure that our co-produced game broadcasts and weekly programming will be accessible over-the-air for Lions fans throughout the entire Great Lakes region."
The Detroit Lions' history with WJR dates back to when the team moved to Detroit in 1934 after being purchased by then WJR owner/executive George A. Richards. Lions games were regularly broadcasted on WJR from 1948-88.


By a friend of Art Vuolo

In the late 1970s, ART VUOLO picked up a 30-pound SONY BETAMAX portable VCR and camera -- and marched into radio stations all across the country. Four decades later, VUOLO's video library "A History of the American Disc Jockey" is set to become a permanent fixture at THE NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME, located within THE MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS in CHICAGO.
The exhibit, spearheaded by CHICAGO broadcasting executives JOHN GEHRON of ACCURADIO, LISA MILLER of MILLER BROADCAST MANAGEMENT and HARV BLAIN of VALLIE RICHARDS DONOVAN CONSULTING, will highlight nearly 40 years of "Radio's Best Friend," ART VUOLO's recordings of on-air banter and a behind-the-scenes look at over 700 disc jockeys from coast to coast, including many of radio's most creative personalities.
VUOLO said, "I am honored to present my video library to THE NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME AT THE MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS and am absolutely overwhelmed with the support of the radio industry."
This radio treasure trove of over 1,000 videos will be available for viewing at the Museum for aspiring radio talent, management and students along with fans, friends, family and the curious; all of whom will get a rare look into people behind the mic. Videos of the personalities will also be available for purchase.
NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME Chairman KRAIG KITCHIN and 2015 Hall of Fame inductees ELVIS DURAN and TOM GRISWOLD, plus hundreds of other talent, management and owners, have expressed their support for this valuable and unique exhibit.
KITCHIN remarked, "The trust ART VUOLO created between himself and hundreds of radio personalities while capturing their on air magic in video form has turned into a treasure trove of memories everyone should be able to see. Many personalities are in THE NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME; many more are deserved of nomination. The collection of work should be heard and seen by all who are interested".
Contributions are now being accepted to purchase the video library, curate "A History of the American DJ" exhibit and maintain its content. Companies or individuals may send donations via PAYPAL or by sending a check to:

"History of the DJ"
P.O. Box 10130
For more information visit

Joique Bell (center) joined President M. Roy Wilson and Director of Athletics Rob Fournier. Photo courtesy of WSU Athletics

Courtesy of - DETROIT -- The Wayne State University Department of Athletics retired the No. 5 football jersey of Joique Bell this evening during halftime ceremonies at the 79th annual WSU Homecoming game. Making the presentation were WSU President Dr. M. Roy Wilson and WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier.

Bell, who played at WSU from 2006-09, was the winner of the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy awarded to the most outstanding NCAA Division II Football Player (similar to the Division I Heisman Trophy).

"We have had a number of exceptional football student-athletes in the 98-year history of WSU Athletics, but Joique epitomizes the best that each aspires toward," said Director of Athletics Rob Fournier. "He worked hard and tirelessly to accomplish his goals both academically and athletically and this jersey retirement recognizes that perseverance and determination.  We can all be a little better at whatever we do ... Joique gives us an example of how that can be done."

At the time of his graduation (with a degree in criminal justice), Bell ranked fourth in NCAA Division II history (and ninth across all divisions) with 8,055 all-purpose yards.  His 576 points scored was fourth all-time in Division II and fifth in NCAA history, while his 13.1 points per game average is fourth in D-II and 10th in NCAA history. Bell rushed for 6,727 yards which was sixth in Division II history and eighth in the NCAA, while his 152.91 rushing yards per game is 11th in D-II and 25th in NCAA history.

A four-time First Team All-GLIAC selection and a three-time (2006, 2007 and 2009) Harlon Hill semifinalist (top 24 nationally), Bell scored 96 touchdowns (88 rushing, 8 receiving) in 44 games plus passed for another four scores.

Only the fourth person in GLIAC history to be a two-time conference Offensive Back of the Year award winner, he finished with 918 receiving yards and set WSU records for rushing attempts (1,181), total offense (7,008) and total plays (1,198).  A two-year team captain, Bell was responsible for 100 touchdowns via rushing, passing and receiving in his career.  His 1,181 career rushing attempts ranks sixth in NCAA history (all divisions) and second in NCAA Division II history.

Bell had at least one reception in 37 games and became the fourth player in D-II history with two 2,000-yards rushing seasons joining Abilene Christian's Bernard Scott in 2007-08; Emporia State's Brian Shay in 1996-98; and C.W. Post's Ian Smart in 2001-02.

This evening's festivities marked only the third time that a WSU football jersey had been retired. The previous two were the No. 29 jersey of Tom Adams (whom the field is named after) and the No. 35 worn by Ron Solack.

Adams was a three-year football letterwinner (1938-39-40) and for his outstanding achievements both athletically and in business, he was named to Sports Illustrated's 25-year All-American team in 1965.  The Wayne State University football field was renamed Tom Adams Field on October 11, 2003.

The first football number ever retired at Wayne State University was the number 35 jersey last worn by Ron Solack. Ron died of post-surgery complications in 1968, on the eve of the opening of the new Wayne State University Stadium. Ron wore his Wayne State uniform with unmatched pride and played the game with enthusiasm. He would have been a senior member of the 1969 team. An award was instituted in his name in 1969.  Joique Bell was the recipient of the 2009 Ron Solack Award.

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!

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Freshman safety/receiver Jabrill Peppers (5) of Michigan fights off MSU defenders senior LB Darien Harris (45) and freshman S Grayson Miller (44).

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
WOLVERINES vs. RUTGETS              
Senior fullback Sione Houma (39) fights for yardage against Rutgers.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

5th year senior QB Jake Rudock (15) dives into the end zone for a Wolverines touchdown.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Spartans senior guard Denzel Valentine (45) meets the media at Breslin Center.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Junior G Derrick Walton Jr. (10), senior G
CarisLavert (23), junior G/F Zak Irvin (21) & senior G Spike Albrecht (2) meet the press.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Titans Coach Ray McCallum Sr. introduces six of his players to the media at Calhan Hall on Dick Vitale Court.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Coach Greg Kampe poses with four of his 2015-16 Golden Grizzlies at ORena in Rochester, Michigan.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Rookie RB Ameer Abdullah (21) rushes for yardage at Ford Field.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Rookie RB Ameer Abdullah (21) this time tries to catch an end zone pass.                

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Rookie RB Zach Zenner (34) rushes for yardage against Arizona.                 

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Red Wings Executive V-P & GM Ken Holland (r.) and Assistant GM Ryan Martin handle a question from emcee Ken Kal (not shown), voice of the Red Wings on 97.1 Fm The Ticket.                  

Photo courtesy of Bayview Yacht Club.
BAYVIEW AWARDS DINNER                  

DSBA Treasurer Bill Wischman presents the Pro Team Challenge trophy to crew of the Detroit Lions boat - LEGEND - at Bayview Yacht Club and the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Awards Dinner

Photo courtesy of George Eichorn.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE JOE                  

Bill Harrington and Vicki Foley snapped a quick photo before the award ceremony honoring goaltender Petr Mrazek at Joe Louis Arena. 

DSBA GRANT FUND NEWS              

Two DETROIT SPORTS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION GRANTS were presented to Rogers City High School and Negaunee High School on the right. The grant funds purchased the audio equipment headsets for two announcers, a computer. an audio mixer to stream the play by play call to both their MHSAA SBP site and radio broadcast site for the away game coverage to the families of their sports teams. Both schools will get the training on their new equipment that was delivered by the Student Broadcast Foundation.  

Photo courtesy of Dale Leslie. 
FUN FAN PHOTO             
"It was a high glasser off the backboard" when veteran MSU football play-by-play man George Blaha agreed to pose with an ardent fan, Graham Leslie. 
Members on the Go
  • George Blaha, DSBA Active Member, has begun his 40th season of play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons as broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.
  • Mark Champion, DSBA Active Member, has started his 22nd season as radio play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Pistons, as heard on 105.1 FM WMGC.
  • Ken Daniels, DSBA Active Member, began his 19th season as play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings as broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.
  • Gus Ganakas, DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member, is in his 31st season as color analyst of Michigan State Spartans men's basketball as heard on WJR-AM 760.  He's the one time coach of the MSU Spartans.
  • Ken Kal, DSBA Past President and Active Member, is now in this 21st season as play-by--play voice of the Detroit Red Wings as heard on 97.1 FM WXYT.
  • Tom Ryan, DSBA Active Member, is in his 50th season as Public Address Announcer for University of Detroit Mercy Titans men's basketball at Calihan Hall.
  • Neal Ruhl, DSBA Active Member & Coordinator of Broadcasting and Social Media at Oakland University Athletics, is back as 
    lead play-by-play announcer for the Oakland men's basketball team during the season on WDFN 1130-AM, Oakland's flagship station, as well as the lead play-by-play announcer for all sports on TV20-Detroit as well as ESPN3.
  • Matt Stegenga, DSBA Active Member, has started his 9th season as color analyst of Michigan State Spartans men's basketball as heard on WJR.
  • Steve Stuckey, DSBA Associate Member, is now in this 38th season as Stats Crew Coordinator for the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Will Tieman, DSBA Past President & Active Member, has started his 19th season as lead play-by-play voice of Michigan State Spartans men's basketball as heard on WJR. He is also in his 19th season as Game Host of MSU Football on the Spartan Sports Network.
  • Dan York, DSBA Active Member, has started his 12th season of college basketball and 38th year doing high school sports.  Currently doing EMU Eagles Basketball.
Richie Cozzolini (S)
Student - Michigan State University

Michael Kaszubski 
Sports Marketing

Jeff Lesson 
WWJ & WXYT Sports Anchor & Host of "Lesson on Golf"

Bradley Ruffini  (S) 
Student - Warren Cousino High School
The following members have paid their 2016 DSBA Annual Membership Dues.  Please remit your payment of $60 (Students $20) to the DSBA at P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090.

Richie Cozzolino (S)
Michael Kaszubski
Jeff Lesson
Bradley Ruffini (S)
(S) = Student Member 
Dear Friend of the League,

Thank you so much for your support of the Catholic League and Prep Bowl XLII. The Prep Bowl XLII is more than just football. This is the perfect venue to honor not only great football team but dedicated Catholic educators, scholar athletes, cheer and pom teams, and to recognize champions from 50 years ago. 
Your generous support of this day helps make this event such a wonderful day. 

Vic Michaels 
Director - Catholic High School League & DSBA Member
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:


Thursday, December 17, 2015 
DSBA Annual Christmas Party 
Featuring emcee Tom Ryan 
and Santa Claus!!! 
Bring a Gift or Two Please ($10 Min. each) 
Bring your 2016 Dues Payment
Time: 11:45 a.m.   
Venue: Sinbad's on the River in Detroit 
Cost: $30 Members and $35 Guests 
RSVP: or 586-558-9103  
Questions: 586-558-9103 or email

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Graphic Design:  Steve McClellan - SMACK Graphics
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DSBA Address: P.O. Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-1222
DSBA Office Phone: (586) 558-9103
DSBA Office Fax: (586) 558-9104
DSBA E-mail:
Mike Alberts          Robert Benko
Ben Eriksson         Bill Eisner
David Frisco          Frank Garza
Dan Graschuck     Bill Harrington
Jim Hindy              Laura Loviska
Nick Martines        Janet Slabaugh

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