Main BannerMarch / April 2016

It's April in the D baby!

This is the time of year where  all of us are hanging on every minute of game action and every out of town score across the NHL and NBA as the Red Wings and Pistons push for the playoffs.

This is the time of year the Tigers turn it up full throttle in spring training, with with an eye toward the season opener in Miami and Opening Day in Detroit!

This is the time of year that sports fans live for. It's the time of year that no one in our business gets a moments rest. And it's with that in mind that I would like to recognize a few of our members who have been hard at it.

March did not leave like a lamb, it went out roaring like a lion in terms of how busy we were. On the 26th, member Steve Stuckey worked his 1600th NBA game managing stats for the Pistons! Congrats Stuck, that's an incredible number!

Earlier in the month, Matt Dery and Terry Foster joined Vicki Foley, George Eichorn, yours truly, along with several of our student members at March Madness Media Day, at Joe Louis arena. We kicked off the Horizon League Basketball Tournament with a forum for our student members who had the opportunity to tour the Joe, get first-hand advice from the pros on how to achieve their goals, and make connections and network with their peers. I want to thank everyone who donated their time organizing the program, speaking, or in any way helping facilitate what turned out to be a tremendous event. Any feedback you have is welcomed as we look to make our Tigers student forum an even bigger success in late May.

I would also like to recognize our Blair Glover, who has been building our Twitter following while also interning in Charlotte with the Hornets. As part of our push to develop this area, she is looking for all of your birth dates and Twitter handles so we can recognize all of our members on social media and our developing website. So please, get her your information by emailing to and follow us on Twitter, @DSBASocial.

Now that April is here, our members will be running feverishly in all directions trying to keep up with coverage of their teams as the seasons begin to roll over. However, we are hoping you can make time to make it to the Palace on April 12th for a "State of the Pistons Night" with GM, Jeff Bower, early in this month, in support of their playoff push.

It's a great time to be in our business. The eyes of this fabulous sports market are on us now with so much going on and so much at stake! I look forward to watching, reading and re-tweeting the fine work many of you will be involved with over this hectic time. At the same time, I still ask that you feel free to reach out to me at any time with your DSBA-related ideas, questions or concerns, as we look to continue to grow and develop this fantastic brand moving forward.

Thanks everybody, and enjoy the month ahead - It's April in the D, baby!


Born October 24, 1928 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and passed away on March 3, 2016 in Troy.

Loving husband of Theodora (Teddy) for 65 years. Father of Christine T (James), Andrea, Mark L (Chris), Gregory L (Margaret), and David G (Jennifer).

Grandfather of 12. Great Grandfather of 8.

Leo's work career included many Sales related jobs including cars and industrial machinery as well as a Promotor of a host of racing events.

Leo was the longest continuously serving member of the Detroit Sportscasters and Broadcasters Association. He was admitted in 1958 and was voted an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2012.

He was instrumental in growing and expanding Motor City Dragway as the "racing capital of Mid-America". Leo was key in bringing the AMA Supercross to the Silverdome for 31 continuous years. He was very active in the Motorsports Hall of Fame, Nascar drag racing in the 1960's, promotion of race events at Michigan International Speedway in its early years, the Evel Kneivel jumps at the State Fairgrounds, and Spirit of Detroit Unlimited Boat races on the Detroit river. He was very active in the March of Dimes in the 70's and 80's.  

Leo's first love was working on his boat in Boyne City on Lake Charlevoix, close to the family cottage of 45 years.

~~Lovingly submitted by the Family~~

The Funeral Mass was held on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Rd., Bloomfield Hills. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to:
Brother Rice High School Scholarship Fund, 7101 Lahser Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, in memory of Leo F. Martin.

"Dear Teddy & Family....The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association extends its deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Leo. Our longest-tenured DSBA Member will be sorely missed. May God Bless Leo and grant him eternal rest. A contribution in Leo's name will be made to Brother Rice High School, as requested by the Martin Family."  

-George Eichorn

"I've known Leo for almost 40 years as a member of the DSBA, to me he was always larger-than-life and he will be deeply missed."

- Dennis Davidson

"Sorry to lose a dear friend."  Bill Wischman

"My Condolences to the Martin Family on the Our DSBA brother Leo Martin."

- William E. Davis III "Butch"

"Very sad to hear. Leo did quite a bit with me for supercross back at Fox 2 and Lansing before that. He was a great promoter and showman. Condolences to his family. RIP Leo."

- Mark Wilson

"(Leo Martin) did a lot for DSBA!"  - Barry Smades

"Oh I am so sad , Leo was a great guy! Class Act! He will be missed, love & prayers to his family!"  
- Laura Briggs-Loviska

"Charlie and I are sad to hear of the news ... condolences to the family."  - Anita Lemmex

This past Saturday (March 5th 2016) members of the Montrose Digital Media-TV/MDM-TV program worked on coverage of the Horizon League Men's Basketball League Tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. While there, MDM-TV students had a chance to meet a variety of local Detroit Sports Media, including members of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) members shown in this picture. 

DSBA members in the photo above, pictured from left to right are: Terry Foster, co-host of Valenti & Foster on 97.1FM The Ticket and former sports columnist at The Detroit News, George Eichorn-Executive Director of the DSBA, Matt Dery of 105.1 FM Detroit Sports, Trevor Thompson (President of the DSBA (4th from the left) and on the right of the DSBA banner are Jeremy Otto (Madonna University Athletics and The Patriot 92.7FM/1400AM WDTK Detroit), Brendan Johnson (Madonna University Athletics and The Patriot 92.7FM/1400AM WDTK Detroit), Eric Vandefifer (Sports Director of Montrose Digital Media-TV), Vickie Foley (Past President of the DSBA) and Ken Kolb (Co-Founder of the Student Broadcast Foundation). 

All of those pictured are members of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, including Eric Vandefifer, who is a member of the student chapter of the DSBA.

Other Montrose Digital Media-TV students attending this event were Camryn Blair (Sophomore), Peyton Hobson (Freshman) and Jon Blackford. Mr. Jamie Kitts, the teacher of the MDM-TV and Executive Director of the MDD-TV program, confirmed that it was an exciting and educational experience for all!

Thank you to the Student Broadcast Foundation, Thomas Lengyel, Ken Kolb and the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association for making this happen for our students!

After our MDM-TV students work ended in Detroit they hustled up to Laingsburg High School (Lansing area), to broadcast the MHSAA Girls Basketball District Championship game. Long day, but many rewarding experiences for our students!

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.

At the Annual DSBA Tiger Day luncheon at Hockeytown Cafe on January 27, 2016, DSBA President Trevor Thompson and DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn present DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member Awards to Bruce Madej, third from left, and John Cwikla. Not available that day yet also honored:  Al Ackerman, Bill Jamieson and Vince Doyle (in memoriam).

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.

DSBA Presidents, from left,  Raymond Rolak, Ken Kal, Vicki Foley, Ray Lane and Richard Kincaide join Santa for a photo by Robert Benko at the Annual DSBA Christmas Party, held December 15, 2015 at Sindbad's on the Detroit River.

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.
Emcee Tom Ryan - the 50-year voice of Detroit Titans men's basketball at Calihan Hall - is joined by DSBA Officer Bill Harrington and President Vicki Foley at the Annual DSBA Christmas Party at Sindbad's in Detroit on December 17, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.
DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member Kathy Best bestows the 2015-16 Season DSBA Kathy Best Award for Excellence in Sports Media/Public Relations on December 17, 2015 at the Annual Christmas Party to longtime DSBA Member Jeff Weiss of Wayne State University. Jeff is the Senior Associate Athletics Director/Media Relation at WSU.

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.
DSBA Outgoing President Vicki Foley receives a DSBA Special Recognition Award on December 17, 2015 at the Annual Christmas Party from DSBA Officer Bill Harrington, thanking Foley for her four years as association president.

Members on the Go
  • Dick Enberg, Hall of Fame Angels broadcaster, will call a Detroit Tigers game on Fox Sports Detroit on May 21, 2016 at Comerica Park as the Tigers host the Tampa Bay Rays. Enberg is Michigan born and raised, and an inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Tom Mazawey, DSBA Active Member, is the host of a new radio show on 105.1 FM Detroit Sports.

  • Marv Albert has signed a new multi-year contract extension with TNT to continue as the lead voice for the NBA on TNT. He will call NBA regular season games, playoff games, and the All-Star Game for the network. Albert will no longer call NCAA Tournament games ion CBS-TV.
  • Jay Bilas, veteran ESPN basketball analyst, was named the recipient of the 2016 Curt Gowdy Media Award for his contributions to the sport as a member of the electronic media. The award will be presented during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events in September.
  • Linda Cohn, longtime ESPN announcer, anchored her 5000th "SportsCenter" on February 21st. Cohn, who made her "SportsCenter" debut alongside Chris Meyers on July 11, 1992, has hosted more editions of the show than anyone else in its 36-year history.
  • Dino Costa, veteran sports talker, will be joining St. Louis' KFNS "The FAN" as the host of "Dino in the Morning."
  • Bob Costas, 10-time Olympic prime time host for NBC, will reprise his role for an 11th time this year at the Rio Summer Olympics. Costas has served as prime time host for every Olympics on NBC since 1992, including the 2012 London Games.
  • Carl Edwards has been added to the Fox Sports lineup of drivers who will serve as race analysts for its coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season. Edwards will rotate with fellow drivers Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick. His first assignment is April 8th on FS1.
  • Lane Grindle, University of Nebraska broadcaster, has been added to the Milwaukee Brewers WTMJ Radio team. Grindle will pair with Jeff Levering on road broadcasts that Hall of Fame announcer and ASA member Bob Uecker does not make.
  • Jim Edmonds, former All-Star center fielder, has joined Fox Sports Midwest to serve as an analyst on approximately 30 St. Louis Cardinals games. Edmonds joins ASA Lifetime Member Al Hrabosky, Ricky Horton and Tim McCarver in the rotation alongside play-by-play broadcaster Dan McLaughlin.
  • Tony Gwynn Jr. is the new co-host the LA Dodgers' radio post-game show, "Dodger Talk," which airs on AM 570 LA Sports. Gwynn Jr. will team with David Vassegh on the show which will also feature segments from Charley Steiner, Rick Monday, Alanna Rizzo and Ned Colette.
  • Tracy McGrady joined ESPN where he serves as a contributing analyst. The former NBA All-Star also has a role on the new afternoon series "The Jump," which debuted February 18th, as well as contribute analysis on SportsCenter.
  • 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.
  • The MLB Network had live Spring Training baseball coverage for 34 straight days. Beginning March 1, the network covered every MLB camp with its "30 Clubs in 30 Days," as well as over 200 spring training games. Hosts Greg Amsinger, Fran Charles, Brian Kenny, Matt Vasgersian and Heidi Watney and analysts Sean Casey, Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz were at each camp to provide analysis and predictions on the coming season.
  • Former WWE announcer Jim Ross has signed on with CBS Sports to serve as a boxing announcer. He made his debut March 12th with partner Al Bernstein, the first of eight scheduled monthly events known as "Knockout Night at the D." This marks Ross' first regular broadcasting gig since he filled in on WWE broadcasts following Jerry Lawler's heart attack in 2012.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Melissa Stark, versatile NFL Network sportscaster, is joining HBO's "The Fight Game with Jim Lampley" as the new interviewer and correspondent, replacing Michelle Beadle. The Fight Game, which launched in 2012, made its season premiere March 16 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET) on HBO.
  • Bob Varsha and Calvin Fish have been named by Fox Sports as the lead voices of its 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The first event set to run on FS1 on April 17. Announcers John Hindhaugh and Graham Goodwin, and reporter Louise Beckett will also handle microphone duties. Meanwhile, 24 Hours of Le Mans will see Varsha and Brian Till call the action, with analysis from Fish, Tommy Kendall and Jamie HoweJustin Bell and Andrew Marriott report from around the paddock.
  • As far as the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" package is concerned, it's "share and share alike." The league struck a new two-year deal with both NBC and CBS, giving each network five games apiece at the price tag of $225 million per network. Those games will be simulcast on the NFL Network, which will get its own slate of eight games, including late season Saturday games.

Jonathan Andrews
Student - Michigan State

Charles Brown

Sky Kerstein
WJBK Fox 2 Sports

Clay Martin
Student - 88.1 FM Plymouth-Canton High School

The following DSBA Members have paid their 2016 dues since the last newsletter, joining 75 who previously were published.

Mike Alberts
Jonathan Andrews (S)
Ron Angel
Erin Brege
Laura Briggs-Loviska
Charles Brown (S)
Joe Burns
Jason Dizik
Marty Dobek
Jamie Edmonds
Ben Eriksson
Eduardo Fernandez
Vicki Foley
Stan Fracker
Kevin Grigg
P.J. Gradowski
Steve Graus
Josh Hakala
Sherrie Handrinos
Wendy Hart
Sky Kerstein
Cletus Lewis
John Lewandowski
Mark Lewkowicz
Scott MacDonald
Clay Martin (S)
Melinda Ann Prince
John Schemel
Neal Searle
Drew Sharp
Bernie Smilovitz
Matt Steiganga
Jason Strayhorn
Trevor Thompson
Will Tieman
Jon Yinger
Eli Zaret

Correction: Mario Impemba was spelled incorrectly is last month's Membership News list.

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

Mike Alberts
Ron Angel
Vicki Foley
Mark Lewkowicz
Jon Yinger

(S) = Student Member

Bill Gadsby
Friend of the DSBA

Leo F. Martin
DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member
James Moore
Friend of the DSBA


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 Adderley, 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.

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


Tuesday, April 12, 2016
DSBA Night at Detroit Pistons
Site: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Time: 6:00-6:15 pm arrival
6:30 pm General Manager Jeff Bower Pregame Address
7:30 pm Tip - Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons
Cost: $20 Includes Upper Reserved Seating, Hot Dog & Soft Drink
RSVP or Info: or (586) 558-9103

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
DSBA Day at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Site, Time & Cost: To be Announced
Info: or (586) 558-9103

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Bayview Mackinac Race Media Luncheon &
DSBA Pro Team Challenge Drawing
Site: Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit
Time: 11:00 am
Cost: Complimentary Lunch & Refreshments
RSVP or Info: Bill Harrington, (313) 886-5500

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
DSBA Day at National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame
Featuring Joey Kocur & NPASHF Inductee Greats
Site: American-Polish Cultural Center, Troy
Time: 11:30 am arrival& 12 noon Lunch
Cost: TBA
RSVP or Info: or (586) 558-9103

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