Main BannerJanuary/February 2016

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT                     
I know a few of you reading this are probably stunned that I have accepted the challenge of the role as President of our organization. Believe me, so am I!

When our Executive Director, George Eichorn, phoned to ask me if I would accept the nomination to run for President, I literally laughed out loud for the first 30 seconds of our conversation. When I finished laughing I replied, "George, that's  a good one!"

However, George asked me not to dismiss the nomination out of hand, to take a few days to think it over, talk to some people and perhaps reconsider. So I did just that. And after talking to several past presidents, several people whose opinion I greatly respect, and of course, my mom (who has held high ranking offices in several volunteer organizations) I decided this is a challenge I really do want to take on, for several important reasons, none of which really has anything to do with me. I want to take this on for you. For us. For the future of our organization. 

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has a long and storied history! Many of the very best who have ever worked in this industry, Hall of Famers, and pioneers in our business, have invested their time and energy in building this organization and leaving a legacy for us to carry on. Now, as we continue to grow and evolve in this new age, I want us come together to help make or organization all that it can be and then some. 

To that end, here are just a few of the ideas I know we can bring to fruition to elevate the profile, relevance and importance of our organization in our community, in our industry locally, and especially within our own membership.

First off, we will be pressing extremely hard in the immediate future to raise our profile as an organization in several ways and it all starts with social media. I am asking all of you to please follow us on Twitter @dsbasocial, bookmark our web page, and like us on Facebook. Help us get our message out there and let us help you get your message out there as well. This will be huge going forward in growing our following and increasing involvement with our membership.

In case you were unaware, a name change is coming. The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association will soon be known as Detroit Sports Media. This was in the works before I came on board, and the idea is a good one. The hope is to make members and perspective members alike, aware of the fact that we aren't just about broadcasters, but rather that we are all about those who have anything to do with the business of sports and sports media in our market. Hopefully that helps increase membership numbers by broadening our scope, who we serve, and what we're all about.

Finally, our immediate Past President, Vicki Foley, has done an amazing job in many key areas to help raise awareness of the DSBA and keep us growing. She made it her mission to grow our student membership and open doors for those young people who, in some way shape or form, want to make their livelihood in our business. In this regard, I intend to take the baton and run from where Vicki left off. 

There is a tremendous opportunity for our student members to grow, learn from and be mentored by, some of the best and brightest professionals in the business. From high profile positions, to positions behind the scenes, or as writers, social media masters, public relations representatives, or those on business side of our business, our membership is well represented by some of the best people you could ever hope to meet. People who have an incredible amount of knowledge, passion, and endless ideas to share, and a willingness to give to back. And that's what I'll be asking you to do. 

I have already been in touch with several members personally about these endeavors and I will be reaching out to many more of you in the coming weeks to share other ideas and request your assistance in making all of our plans successful. Together we can make this organization bigger and better than ever and I am passionate to see that happen. I accepted the DSBA Presidency because I believe in what we can do. I am convinced that all of you believe in it too. And I believe in you!

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time about questions, ideas or concerns about what we are doing or where we are headed. 

Lets take pride in our DSBA membership and make it meaningful, now and for the future of this great organization. 


Trevor Thompson

Detroit, MI - Thursday December 17, 2015 - The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) announced the election of Fox Sports' Trevor Thompson as the organization's new President today.
Thompson, a longtime DSBA member, received the DSBA Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting in June, 2015.  He has been a member of Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Detroit's on-air broadcast team since June, 2000.  Thompson is a four-time Emmy winner, who has served as a network reporter and host in Detroit for the past 15 years.  His list of sports journalism credits include in-depth coverage of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and MLB's Detroit Tigers, serving as a host and reporter on programs like "Red Wings Live" and "Wingspan", as well as taking a leading role in the network's post-game coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs.   
Thompson is slated to begin his new role with the DSBA on January 1, 2016, replacing out-going four-year President Vicki Foley.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the announcement of Trevor in this position," said Foley.  "The organization's dedication to its members, the community, and its educational mission will be well served by Trevor's passion and leadership."
 Thompson will now join the historic ranks of DSBA Presidents including: Ty Tyson, Don Wattrick, Paul Williams, Al Nagler, Fred Wolf, Van Patrick, Budd Lynch, Bob Reynolds, Fred Huber, Bill Flemming, Bruce Martyn, Joe Gentile, Dave Diles, Don Kremer, Ray Lane, Vince Doyle, John Fountain, Bill Humphries, Larry Adderley, Chris McClure, John Cwikla, Dave LewAllen, Kurt Schneider, Gary Ratski, Paul Chapman, Mark Unger, Raymond Rolak, Rich Kincaide, Jim Brandstatter, Jim Stark, Ken Kal, Will Tieman, and Vicki Foley.

Wayne State University Senior Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations (SID) Jeff Weiss was the recipient of the 2014-15 season Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association's Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award" for excellence in Public Relations/Media Relations during a luncheon held December 17, 2015 at Sinbad's in Detroit, Mich.  The award is named after longtime Detroit Red Wings media relations specialist Kathy Best.

"I am very honored and humbled to receive the Kathy Best "Best of the Best" Award from the DSBA," commented Weiss.  "It's ironic that when I started in this field nearly 28 years ago, three of the individuals I met my first month at the CCHA were the first three recipients of this award.  It was great to be able to receive this award yesterday from Kathy, and to be mentioned on the same plaque with such SID icons as Bruce Madej, Jim Streeter, Mark Engel and John Lewandowski.  It was extra special for me in that former WSU SID Buck Jerzy (1959-62) was able to be in attendance as well."

 Jeff Weiss is in his 15th season as sports information director at Wayne State University. He was promoted to assistant athletic director for media relations in January 2007, to associate athletics director in August 2011, and to senior associate athletics director in August 2015. Weiss is the main contact for the Wayne State football, men's and women's basketball, and softball teams and also serves as the coordinator of WSU's Athletic Hall of Fame committee. Weiss joined the WSU staff in November 2001, after serving 10 months as the director of marketing and communications with the American Heart Association in Toledo, Ohio.

A 1987 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Weiss majored in sport management with an emphasis on information, marketing and promotion. He served as a student assistant in the BGSU sports information office all four years in college. From February 1988 through July 1998, Weiss worked at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association league office. After beginning as administrative assistant, he was promoted to director of communications and served his final three years as assistant commissioner. He returned to his alma mater in August 1998, and worked as an assistant SID in charge of men's soccer, hockey, baseball, golf and swimming for two-and-a-half years. He also served on the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Weiss served on the publications contest committee for two years and has been on the Academic All-America committee for 12 years. He was recognized at the 2014 CoSIDA Convention for 25 years full-time in the sports information field. Weiss assumed additional duties as assistant commissioner for public relations for College Hockey America (CHA) in April 2006 and was the host media coordinator for the 2007 Frozen Four in St. Louis. He also served as the interim commissioner of the CHA women's hockey league for 19 months.

Previous recipients of the Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award":
  • 2013-14 - Bill Harrington, DSBA
  • 2012-13 -  John Hahn, Red Wings
  • 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, Eastern Michigan Eagles
  • 2005 - Mark Engel, Detroit Mercy 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, Michigan Wolverines
  • 1995 - Kathy Best, Red Wings


DETROIT - Dec. 22, 2015 - The highest individual membership honor has been bestowed upon five sports individuals by members of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) today.

* Al Ackerman, onetime sports director of WDIV Channel 4 and WXYZ Channel 7. Al was a staple on Detroit television as sports director/anchor/reporter in the 1960s, '70s and into the '80s. Famous for his hard-nosed journalism and "Bless You Boys" 1984 Detroit Tigers theme. Host of Detroit Tigers pre-game shows. Mentored numerous sports broadcasters including Jim Brandstatter, Fred Heumann, Don Shane and Larry Adderley. Ackerman is retired and living on Florida's Gulf Coast.

* John Cwikla, onetime CEO/Co-Founder of Detroit SportsPhone and Phone Programs of Michigan. A past president of the DSBA. John is a longtime DSBA member who worked with and mentored numerous DSBA members such as Kurt Schneider, Gary Ratski, Phil Guastella, Ed Kaltz, Dave Geraci, John O'Donnell, and Fred Heumann. Cwikla is a former WXYZ Channel 7 sports producer and ESPN correspondent for Detroit. He is now the Public Information Officer for Macomb County and spokesperson for County Executive Mark Hackel.

* Vince Doyle, posthumously, onetime sports director and anchor of WWJ-AM Radio. Doyle was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. For years he served as color analyst on WWJ-AM's University of Michigan football broadcasts. He also called Michigan Stags hockey. He is a former DSBA President who helped grow the organization with its Detroit Press Club weekly speaker luncheons. He is the father of DSBA Lifetime Honorary Member Anne Doyle, a former Channel 2 sports anchor and reporter.

* Bill Jamieson, one-time Director of Public Relations for the Detroit Red Wings. He handled PR for the club during several Stanley Cup Championship seasons. Considered one of the finest PR persons by local and national hockey media. Now an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Church - Archdiocese of Detroit. Bill worked in sports for The Detroit News and The Sporting News (St. Louis).

* Bruce Madej, longtime University of Michigan associate AD and sports information director. For 34 years, Madej guided the U-M Athletics media relations working and mentoring numerous DSBA members including Mike Murray, Jeremiah Hergott, Bill Wickett, the late Jim Schneider, and countless others. Bruce also led the Detroit Gold Cup public relations for decades. He is a longtime DSBA member and a past officer. 

For more information contact: 
(586) 558-9103-office

Ted Marchibroda being honored before an Indianapolis Colts game in

By Raymond Rolak 
Detroit Sports Broadcaster Association 
Past President 

Former St. Bonaventure and University of Detroit quarterback, Ted Marchibroda, passed away January 16, 2016 surrounded by family at his home in Weeks, VA. 

Ted Marchibroda was the NFL head coach of the Colts in Baltimore from 1975-1979, then again in Indianapolis from 1992-1995, compiling a 71-67 regular season record. He led the Colts to the playoffs four times and won three AFC Division titles. In the '75 season, Marchibroda was named NFL Coach of the Year. 

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Indianapolis Colts team owner Jim Irsay said, "We are extremely saddened and mourn the loss of Ted Marchibroda. He had a proud history not just with the Colts, but also as a player, coach and broadcaster for over half a century with the NFL. Ted was an innovator and turned the Colts into an instant playoff team when he took his first head coaching role in 1975. Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on. He was beloved by many, and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ann and their family." 
Marchibroda made his coaching debut with the Washington Redskins in 1961 as backfield coach and was there through 1965. He joined George Allen's staff with the Los Angeles Rams in 1966 and moved with Allen to the Redskins in 1971. Marchibroda served as the offensive coordinator there through the 1974 season. 

After his first stint as head coach for the Colts, he served as an assistant coach for the Chicago 
Bears (1981), Detroit Lions (1982-83), Philadelphia Eagles (1984-85) and Buffalo Bills (1987-91). In Buffalo, he served on Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Marv Levy's staff. There he made a name for development of a coaching template that featured no huddles and mobile quarterbacks. 

After his second stint as Colts head coach, Marchibroda returned to Baltimore and was the first head coach of the Ravens. In three seasons (1996-98), he totaled a 16-31-1 record. 

Marchibroda played quarterback at St. Bonaventure (1950-51) and the University of Detroit (1952). He came to the Titans because St. Bonaventure dropped football. He led the nation in total offense while at Detroit. His most outstanding game as a senior in that '52 season was against Tulsa. He unleashed a dynamic air attack, hitting on 27 of 54 passes for 390 yards. He later returned to the New York area and got his degree at St. Bonaventure. He often referred to his travels as a blessing, making many friends in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Indiana and Maryland. 

Marchibroda was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (fifth overall pick) of the 1953 NFL Draft. His NFL career consisted of 30 games (11 starts) and completed 172-of-385 passes for 2,169 yards with 16 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He was with the Steelers (1953, 1955 and 1956) and Chicago Cardinals (1957). Marchibroda missed the 1954 season while serving in the Army. 

On September 3, 1957, during the preseason, Marchibroda hooked up with another University of Detroit alumnus, rookie end Perry Richards, for a 34 yard touchdown against Philadelphia. 
Marchibroda subsequently broke his leg. New coach Buddy Parker traded his mobile QB to the Chicago Cardinals and acquired Earl Morrall and Len Dawson for the '57 season. They played a more traditional pocket style. Even though he had a 1958 Topps Playing Card he didn't take part in the '58 season in Chicago because of a nagging arm injury. 
He mentored many successful quarterbacks, Jim Kelly and Jim Harbaugh are two that come to mind. He was fond of saying, "Coaches are educators." 

He last worked as a radio broadcaster and color commentator for the Colts Radio Network from 1999 until 2006. "He had a proud history not just with the Colts, but also as a player, coach and broadcaster for over half a century with the NFL," Irsay said. 
Marchibroda was inducted into the St. Bonaventure University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970, the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor in 2000 and the University of Detroit-Mercy Titans Hall of Fame in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and two daughters, Jodi and Lonni and two sons, Ted Jr. and Robert.


Using the funds from the grant, we were able to purchase a Macbook computer, microphone, and digital audio recorder. 

Since Writing for Broadcasting has been offered at Athens, we have been focused exclusively on television. Students have started to show more interest in strictly audio mediums as podcasts have become more familiar to them in the past year or so. We are using this equipment to start a radio (podcasting) branch of our broadcasting class.

We are in the early stages of rolling the program out. As of now, it is primarily another way to distribute our daily news with additional interviews taken on the digital audio recorder used to enhance the broadcast. I have also experimented with the new equipment in my English class, using podcasts as a different way to share student personal narratives. It never dawned on me when I was writing the grant that this would be a possibility, but it has been very effective in helping students improve their writing simply by making students more aware of how their work is going to sound.
In the future, we hope to use the equipment to get better coverage of sporting events, perhaps even live broadcasts of games. The computer has also been very beneficial for the television portion of our class as it offers another option for students to edit, in this case, one that can be signed out and taken home with them to continue work on projects.
All in all, we are extremely appreciative of the generosity of the DSBA as it has allowed students to explore new avenues of learning and improved those which we already had.
Adam Burns - TV Teacher
Troy Athens High School


By Tom Leyden

He'd shuffle in through the back door, a lunch bag over his shoulder, making his way to a desk with its own zip code, its own organization, its own set of rules and order.
"What's up, T?"

That's how the days would start. Routine, filled with comfort, knowing Reggie had entered the building.
In the television world, we never know what will transpire each day, which is why we enter this business in the first place. Unpredictability is what makes life exciting.
Dealing with curveballs is something Reggie Hall always did, dating back to the '70s when he suited up at first base for the University of Detroit Titans.

Unpredictability, sadly, can also throw a high heater when you least expect it, catching you off guard as the news of Reggie's sudden, tragic, passing caught so many this week.

As news breaks and stories come across "the wire," how you adjust your game plan on the fly defines your department. Few, if any, adjusted and improvised as well as Reggie. He knew everyone.

He'd taken care of so many people over the years it never felt like he was cashing in a favor when he asked for help. It was simply the quid pro quo you expected.

Summing up nearly 11 years with Reggie by my side can't be done in a few paragraphs, but a few words best crystallize his essence.

Reggie may not have been the epitome of health, but he was undoubtedly the epitome of heart. That big ticker gave more than it got, time and again, to anyone who asked for anything. My two daughters loved him as "Uncle Reggie," and I can't quantify the educational power of his friendship to them - little white girls joyously running into the arms of a huge black man, intimidating in size but not in substance. That's love.

Reggie was loyal to his people, his school, his city, his family. A staunch defender of Detroit, a proud Chadsey alum, Titan Reg knew the history of Detroit sports like the alphabet and would gladly debate anyone who suggested you'll find a better sports city in America. He repped his alma mater across the country, from coast to coast through good and bad. He was married to Motown. That's loyalty.

Reggie took pride in details and creativity. He wanted to be right and he wanted to laugh. He'd chuckle and hop on board when one of us had a wild idea. "Oh, boy, you're feeling it tonight, huh?"
He was all-in. Every day. Whatever was ailing him, whatever physical or emotional burden he was bearing, Reggie showed up ready to go. When we made a mistake, he'd jump quickly to fix it. When he made a mistake, look out and make sure the kids were out of the room! That's passion.

Two phrases I heard regularly from Reggie:
"Stand by." When you asked a question he didn't know or sought information he had to research, this was his response. He never said, "I don't know," or "I can't help you." He always said, "Stand by."

When I heard that response, I moved on to the next thing, knowing my answer was coming shortly.
The other phrase doesn't apply yet because we're too stung by this news. Last week, after hearing it hundreds of times over more than a decade, I heard it one final time from Reggie and it brought a smile to my face.
We were making plans to connect in Detroit this weekend during my family's visit. After we nailed down the details, I said, "See ya next week."
Reggie said, "I look forward."

It's tough for us to look forward now without Reggie in our lives. I imagine the tributes will stream in as tears stream down our cheeks - from friends, colleagues, former interns, coaches and more.

There is light somewhere at the end of this darkness and perhaps its best we take Reggie's most signature phrase and apply it to our healing process.

With Reggie's love, loyalty and passion as my foundation, his commitment to others, his booming laugh and warm hugs always in my heart, I look forward.

Knowing he made the world better.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.  
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) joins the Detroit Sports Media in mourning the death of Don Kremer, a Past Presidnet and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the DSBA. He was 85.

Don was a graduate of Michigan State University. He was a former director of public relations for the Detroit Lions following his outstanding broadcasting career at WWJ-TV (Channel 4) (later renamed WDIV-TV) and WWJ-AM radio. He was part of the Detroit Tigers television broadcast team (1975-1976) and the University of Michigan football broadcasts (1960-1970) during his career. He worked on the print side for the Associated Press and The Detroit News.

Mr. Kremer resided in Clarkston, Michigan following his retirement. Funeral arrangements are to be determined.

Thank you.
Trevor Thompson, DSBA President
George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director

Jeff Lesson is a radio and television sportscaster, newspaper columnist and host of the award-winning show "Lesson On Golf" featuring the best in places to play, pro pointers, equipment, travel, fitness and half-off golf at LESSONONGOLF.COM. Lesson On Golf first hit the airwaves in 1997, and runs from March 14th through August 22nd every Saturday and Sunday morning 7-8am on 97.1 FM "The Ticket". Jeff also writes a "Lesson On Golf" column on MLIVE.COM. He also was part of the CBS national radio play-by-play broadcast of the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. Jeff handles the sports anchor desk at WWJ-AM 950 and 97.1 FM The Ticket in Detroit. He makes his home in suburban Detroit.

 DSBA President Visits Specs Howard School of Media Arts
DSBA Past President Vicki Foley and DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn were on hand on January 15, for the check presentation to Ms. Janet Sutherland's TV production morning class in Plymouth, Mich.

Contact George Eichorn at 586-558-9103 for more information. Thank you.

DSBA President Trevor Thompson of Fox Sports Detroit, left, with Specs Howard and Lisa Zahodne, President of Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.
LIONS vs. 49ers AT FORD FIELD               
Lions runner Joique Bell (#25) rushes for yards at Ford Field against the Forty-Niners.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Most Valuable Player QB Mitch Leidner (#7) of the Minnesota Golden Gophers holds the Quick Lane Bowl Trophy. DSBA Member & Channel 7 Sports Director Brad Galli is at the right.
Members on the Go
  • Al Ackerman, John Cwikla, late Vince Doyle, Bill Jamieson & Bruce Madej were named Lifetime Honorary Members of the DSBA in December. See article elsewhere in the DSBA Newsletter.
  • Terry Foster, DSBA Active Member, retired as a sports writer for The Detroit News. Foster was named by Oakland University Athletics Department as a contributing writer. Foster will give "a behind-the-scenes look at Oakland basketball, telling the story within the game," according to OU spokesperson Scott MacDonald. Foster co-hosts the "Valenti & Foster Show" weekdays on 97.1 FM The Ticket in Detroit. 
  • Jeremy Otto is now Play-by-Play Broadcaster & Sports Information Student Assistant at Madonna University Athletics.
  • Drew Sharp, DSBA Active Member and veteran Detroit Free Press sports columnist, joined former midday host Matt Dery to co-host "Dery and Sharp" recently on 105.1 Detroit Sports. Additionally, Sean Baligian and DSBA Active Member Tom Mazawey and Marc Fellhauer, now host the noon-to-3 p.m. sports talk show slot.
  • Trevor Thompson, DSBA Active Member and anchor/reporter on Fox Sports Detroit, was named 2016 President of the DSBA. Returning officers are: Vice President Jim Rein, Secretary Sherrie Handrinos, Treasurer Bill Wischman and Sergeant-at-arms Bill Harrington who also serves as Marketing Officer. George Eichorn is the Executive Director and Vicki Foley the Immediate Past President.
  • Jeff Weiss, DSBA Associate Member, was named the 2014-15 season recipient of the DSBA "Kathy Best Best of the Best Award" for excellence in sports media/public relations. See article elsewhere in the DSBA Newsletter. 
  • The late Graham McNamee, one of the radio voices of the 1923 World Series between the New York Giants and Yankees, is the 2016 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for a meritorious career in baseball broadcasting, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced in December. That World Series was historic for a number of reasons. It was the third in a row for the rival New York teams, it was the first played at Yankee Stadium, and the first of the Yankees' 27 World Series titles. From a broadcasting standpoint, McNamee, a nascent opera singer who was raised in St. Paul, Minn., was paired with 1966 J.G. Spink Award winner and legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice on that World Series, setting the standard for all Fall Classic radio coverage to follow.
  • Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who has been a major voice on baseball in New England and nationally for 35 years, has been elected the 2016 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" during Hall of Fame Weekend July 22-25 in Cooperstown. Shaughnessy will receive the award on Saturday, July 23 at the Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field.
  • Jim Simpson, a longtime play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports and ESPN, died January 13, 2016. He was 88. For much of the 1960s and '70s Simpson worked as NBC's No. 2 play-by-play man, behind Curt Gowdy. He joined ESPN at its launch in 1979 and was the network's first broadcaster to call a college football game. He also worked college basketball with a former college and NBA coach named Dick Vitale, who credits Simpson for much of his broadcasting acumen. Simpson's NBC Radio call of Super Bowl I will long be remembered. He also worked the Orange Bowl numerous times for NBC - Gowdy was always assigned to the Rose Bowl - and called many AFL, NFL and Major League Baseball games. He was selected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 1998 received Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
  • Matt Sheperd, Joe Rexrode, Chris Berman, Billy Packer, the late David Halberstam and Gary Smith headline the honorees for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame. They will be honored during the 57th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 18-20, in Salisbury, NC. Sheperd of Fox Sports Detroit is the Michigan Sportscaster of the Year while Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press is the Michigan Sportswriter of the year.  Berman, Packer, Laberstam and Smith are Hall of Famer inductees to be honored, along with National Sportscaster of the Year Mike 'Doc' Emrick, National Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci, and 104 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year from throughout the United States. 
  • Former Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza will remain in the booth for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts this upcoming season. She will be joined by play-by-play man Dan Shulman and analyst Aaron Boone. Mendoza was thrust into the spotlight last year, when ESPN gave her Curt Schilling's analyst spot. Mendoza did a good job providing analysis and commentary, and her presence in the booth should improve the quality of the broadcast going forward according to industry experts. If you're worried about missing out on Curt Schilling's insight, he'll still be in the booth for ESPN's Monday night baseball games. John Kruk has been moved back to the Baseball Tonight studio, and won't be calling any games next season.
Drew Tonti (S)
The following DSBA members have paid their 2016 Annual Membership dues since our last newsletter - joining 4 who previously paid. 

Al Abrams
Roy Akers
Rod Allen
Bruce Babiarz
Risa Balayem
Kyle Bauer
George Benko
Robert Benko
Tony Bielski
George Blaha
Jim Brandstatter
Don Carter
Mark Champion
Paul Chapman
Andrew Chmura (S)
Richard Curbelo
Ken Daniels
Kurt David
Dennis Davidson
Jeffrey Decker
Robert Dempster
Robert Dorogi
George Eichorn
Martin Eichorn
Bill Eisner
Richard Eldridge
Cameron Evans
Bradley Fedders
Alan Fellhauer
William Fundaro
Brad Galli
Frank Garza
Sal Giacona
Dan Graschuck
Michael Hadden
Steve Hagar
Mario Impenna
Brendan Johnson (S)
Bill Keith
Ken Kal
Ken Kolb
Thom Lengyel
Scott Lesher
Christine Liniarski
John Love
Dominic Menzo
Dan Miller
Steve Miller
Robert J. Niederoest
Jeremy Otto (S)
Larry Paladino
Jim Rein
Brian Riederer
Sal Malek
Tom Mazawey
Vic Michaels
Paula Mikola
Evan Petzold (S)
Steve Purdy
Richard Puzzuoli
Tom Ryan
James Schmehl
Griffin Schroeder (S)
Peter Spivak
Steve Stuckey
Drew Tonti (S)
Veronica Valentine
Art Vuolo
Alan Watson
Jeff Weiss
Brenden Welper
Richard S. Wilson
Scott Wilson
Bill Wischman
Dan York

(S) = Student Member
The following individuals made DSBA Grant Fund charity contributions for 2016. We thank them for their support of our educational mission.

George Benko
Robert Benko
Jim Brandstatter
Paul Chapman
Zachary Damon
George Eichorn
Ken Kal
Dan Miller
Larry Paladino
Tom Ryan
Griffin Schroeder (S)
Drew Tonti (S)

(S) = Student Member

Reggie Hall
Friend of the DSBA

Delores Garza
Mother of DSBA Active Member Frank Garza
Don Kremer
DSBA Past President & DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member

Mary Loepp
Friend of DSBA Associate Member George Eichorn

Andrew Welper
Uncle of DSBA Member Brendan Welper 

DSBA Presidents:
Ty Tyson, Don Wattrick, Paul Williams, Al Nagler, Van Patrick, Budd Lynch, Bob Reynolds, Fred Huber, Bill Fleming, Bruce Martyn, Fred Wolf, Joe Gentile, Dave Diles, Ray Lane, Don Kremer, Larry Adderly, Vince Doyle, John Fountain, John Cwikla, Bill Humphries, Chris McClure, Kurt Schneider, Dave Lew Allen, Gary Ratski, Paul Chapman, Mark Unger, Raymond Rolak, Rich Kincaide, Ken Kal, Jim Brandstatter, Jim Stark. Will Tieman, Vicki Foley and Trevor Thompson.

DSBA Lifetime Honorary Members:
Al Ackerman, Jack Adams, Larry Adderley, Edmund Barber, Kathy Best, Paul Carey, Jerome Cavanaugh, Jim Chapman, Jim Cornelius, Fritz Crisler, John Cwikla, Istvan Danosi, Hugh (Duffy) Daugherty, Dave Diles, Anne Doyle, Vince 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, Bill Jamieson, Jerome (Buck) Jerzy, George Kell, Don Kremer, Ray Lane, Vito LoPiccolo, Budd Lynch, John MacInnes, Bruce Madej, 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.

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Mike Alberts            Robert Benko
Ben Ericsson                 Bill Eisner
Frank Garza          Dan Graschuck
Bill Harrington                
Jim Hindy
Laura Lovisa        Mark Lewkowicz
Nick Martines        Janet Slabaugh

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