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Wednesday, May 25th, was a great day for the DSBA! It was Journalism Day at Comerica Park and more than 2000 students, some of them official DSBA Student Members and some members of the Student Broadcast Foundation, were on hand to reap the benefits of hearing from some of the best in the business... and some very successful peers of their own. 

Many thanks to Dan Dickerson and Rod Allen, who gave of their time to share with the students their path to success and impart words of wisdom on how to get ahead not only in our business, but in the game of life as well.  

Given all the Tiger baseball folks in this area enjoy all summer long, year after year, what could be more impactful to a couple thousand impressionable young minds, than to have the faces and voices of their youth address them in person on such an exciting occasion? They were fantastic!

Student members and Student Broadcast Foundation standouts Jeremy Otto and Eric Vandefifer, spoke passionately about the ambition and preparation necessary to make the most of opportunities that come your way on the journey that leads to the realization of your goals. It was incredibly inspirational to hear just how accomplished these future pros are already at this point in their young careers. I know the students in attendance were motivated and challenged by their words. Kudos to you boys... it's easy to see you're going far in your chosen profession! 

And a special thanks to Professor Garry Gilbert, Director of Journalism at Oakland University.  His message to the students gave them the inside track on just how this industry works, where it's going and how to stay ahead of the curve.

Yours truly was also honored to say a few words to this impressive gathering, the gist of which I will leave you as well... Persevere always! And above all, be nice! To whomever you come across, just be nice. Treat others respectfully, and look down on no one. People will appreciate you more and it pays off in the long run. After all, there already more than enough jerks in the world today. 

Just a bit of housekeeping and I will close this month's message out... Please mark the following dates in your calendar and support the DSBA with your presence and or helping hands... 

DSBA Pro Team Challenge and Bayview Mackinac Race Media Lunch is Tuesday, June 7 at 11:00 am. featuring Rick Mahorn of the Pistons and representatives of our other three professional teams.

Night of knockout boxing luncheon, Thursday, June 9th at NoonAmnesia, MotorCity Casino Hotel with complimentary lunch to DSBA Members and Media, guests  $10 donation at doors (Please note: donations will be donated to DSBA Grant Fund.) 

Wednesday, June 15th marks the DSBA - National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon in Troy....$15 for a delicious sit-down tradition Polish-plate lunch! Red Wing Joey Kocur is scheduled to address our event!

The 30th Annual DSBA Charity golf outing tees off at 9 AM, Monday, July 11th at Cherry Creek Golf Club with Will Tieman, Brad Galli, Neal Ruhl, Tom Ryan and other on-air sportscasters on hand! 

Your support for all these events is not only welcomed, it is appreciated.

And for those of you who still have dues outstanding for this year, let's please get those in. We're counting on you!

Until next time, all the best of all of you.


Trevor Thompson
President DSBA


Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been named the 2015-16 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association in a unanimous decision.

The 19-year-old Larkin made an immediate impact with the Red Wings this season, becoming the first teenager to play for the team since Jiri Hudler in 2003-04 and the first to crack the opening night lineup since Mike Sillinger in 1990-91. Larkin notched his first NHL goal and assist during his debut on Oct. 9 vs. Toronto and went on to be named the NHL's Rookie of the Month in November. He ultimately finished among the league's rookie leaders with 23 goals (T3rd), 22 assists (11th), 45 points (6th), a plus-11 rating (T5th), five game-winning goals (T2nd), 221 shots on goal (2nd) and 16:32 average time on ice (5th among forwards).

"It was an exciting year for me personally, being able to wear the winged wheel and skate alongside great players who I grew up watching," said Larkin. "I'd like to thank the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association for this honor and to the fans of Hockeytown for all the support this season. Playing for the Red Wings was a dream come true, and I'm looking forward to working hard this summer to get better for next season."

Larkin led the Red Wings in goals, plus-minus, game-winning goals and shots on goal, joining an exclusive group that includes four former DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year winners of rookies to lead Detroit in goal-scoring: Mike Foligno (1979-80), Dale McCourt (1977-78), Michel Bergeron (1975-76), Tom Webster (1970-71) and Carl Liscombe (1937-38). He also became just the third Red Wings rookie to be selected to the NHL All-Star Game, joining Steve Yzerman (1984) and Reed Larson (1978). Larkin broke a skills-competition record that had stood since before he was born, as his 13.172 lap time in the NHL's fastest skater competition bested Mike Gartner's record from the 1996 NHL All-Star Weekend. He recently represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia and produced nine points (2-7-9) in 10 games.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Larkin spent the 2014-15 campaign at the University of Michigan and finished second among all NCAA freshman in scoring, picking up 47 points (15-32-47) in 35 games. He earned national recognition as an NCAA Second-Team All-American and was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-Big Ten and was tabbed to the All-Big Ten Rookie Team. The Waterford, Mich., native also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal and at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, prior to signing his first professional contract in May 2015. Prior to his collegiate career, Larkin spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and won a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

Larkin will be honored by the DSBA prior to a Red Wings home game during the 2016-17 season. 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 Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall, Petr Mrazek, Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg.

Previous DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award Winners
2014-15 - Petr Mrazek
1980-81 - John Barrett
1963-64 - Pit Martin
2013-14 - Danny DeKeyser
1979-80 - Mike Foligno
1962-63 - Doug Barkley
2012-13 - Gustav Nyquist
1978-79 - Willie Huber
1961-62 - Bruce MacGregor
2011-12 - Cory Emmerton
1977-78 - Dale McCourt
1960-61 - Hank Bassen
2010-11 - Jakub Kindl
1976-77 - Jim Nahrgang
1959-60 - Murray Oliver
2009-10 - Jimmy Howard
1975-76 - Michel Bergeron
1958-59 - Len Lunde
2008-09 - Jonathan Ericsson
1974-75 - Bill Lochead
1957-58 - Don Poile
2007-08 - Derek Meech
1973-74 - Bill Hogaboam
1956-57 - Billy Dea
2006-07 - Jiri Hudler
1972-73 - Henry Boucha
1955-56 - Glenn Hall
2005-06 - Johan Franzen
1971-72 - Marcel Dionne
1954-55 - None awarded
2004-05 - None awarded
1970-71 - Tom Webster
1953-54 - Bill Dineen
2003-04 - Niklas Kronwall
1969-70 - Al Karlander
1952-53 - Marcel Bonin
2002-03 - Henrik Zetterberg
1968-69 - Paul Popiel
1951-52 - Glen Skov
2001-02 - Pavel Datsyuk
1967-68 - Gary Jarrett/
Roy Edwards
1950-51 - Terry Sawchuk
2000-01 - None awarded
1966-67 - None awarded
1949-50 - Steve Black
1999-00 - Jiri Fischer
1965-66 - Bert Marshall
1948-49 - Max McNab
1982-98 - None awarded
1964-65 - Roger Crozier

Plan NOW to join us and support the 2016 DSBA Annual Charity Golf Scramble with Presenting Sponsor Farm Bureau Insurance.  

Now in our 30th year!  The date is Monday, July 11th at Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center in Shelby Township, Mich. Activities commence at 7:30 am with tee-times at 9 am.

Call (313) 886-5500 and ask for Bill Harrington.  We ALWAYS sell out so RSVP now to hold your spot!  Visit our website to make YOUR secure golf payments at

Help us make this event successful by assisting in the solicitation of support opportunities from businesses in the community that enjoy sports, enjoy listening to our broadcast professionals that support good broadcast journalism education through our annual multiple DSBA grant funds.  

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, CHARITY GOLF SCRAMBLE, is our largest fundraiser of the year.  Last year alone, we donated more than $12,000 in equipment and scholarships to worthy students and their broadcast school programs!

Please watch for our DSBA Golf Sponsorship Form. Our goal is to obtain a MINIMUM of 20 Ad Sponsors and 18 hole sponsor signs.

We also have event sponsorship PACKAGES available for consideration!

Again, it's worth repeating, our Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, CHARITY GOLF SCRAMBLE, is our largest fundraiser of the year. This year it is Monday, July 11th 2016 at Cherry Creek Golf and Banquet Center beginning at 7:30 AM with registration, breakfast and practice times.  

Thank you.
Trevor Thomson, DSBA President 
Bill Harrington, Golf Committee Chairman 
James Rein, Golf Committee Co-Chairman 
Bill Wischman, DSBA Treasurer
George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director

Contact: Bill Harrington at  (313) 886-5500 or  

Or DSBA at (586) 558-9103 or


(Note: Paul Carey is a Past President, 2012 DSBA/Ernie Harwell Lifetime Achievement Awardee and was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the DSBA):

J. Paul Carey died at the age of 88 on April 12, 2016, at 8:15 p.m. 

Paul was born in Mt. Pleasant on March 15, 1928, to Joseph P. and Ida B. Carey. He attended Central Michigan University and graduated in 1950 with a B.A. from Michigan State University. During the Korean War, Paul served in the 4th Infantry Division as a Staff Sergeant from October 1950 to October 1952. He began his professional broadcasting career as an original staff member of WCEN, Mt. Pleasant, in August of 1949 and continued at WKNX Radio/TV in Saginaw from April 1953 to June 1956. After leaving Saginaw, he began a 35-year career at WJR Radio in Detroit. He also was the play-by-play announcer for six seasons with The Detroit Pistons: 1969-73, 1975-76 and 1981-82. 

In 1992, Paul was inducted in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and, among other honors, he was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year (six times). He received Distinguished Service Awards from the Michigan High School Coaches Association and the Detroit Catholic League. Paul was further honored with the Centennial Award from Central Michigan University, the Unsung Hero of Sport Award, the Lowell Thomas Award, and the Big Ed Award from the Detroit Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He is a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Honor and is an honorary member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, and the Detroit Tigers Alumni Association. While much of his life was devoted to covering sports, Paul thoroughly enjoyed traveling, particularly driving trips; reading and movies. 

Paul will best be remembered for his passion for baseball; his legendary notoriety as the "The Voice of God"; and his 19-year partnership with Detroit Tigers Broadcaster, Ernie Harwell. Paul never lost his love for high school sports and initiated and conducted scoreboard programs for 35 years with WJR. 

He retired after the 1991 Tiger season, when he and his wife Nancy had the opportunity to enjoy many overseas travels. They also both enjoyed volunteering at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Troy, Michigan. During retirement, he and Nancy frequently wintered at Perdido Key, Florida, in the company of many loving and loyal friends. Paul and Nancy have been longtime, active members of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan. 

He is survived by his loving wife Nancy of nearly 30 years. Paul is also survived by his brother-in-law Duane Wackerly (Denny) of Saginaw, eight nephews and nieces, and his dear friend Peggy Houghton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Lou DeLong, sister Pat Murphy, brother Terry Carey (Trix), and his first wife Patti.

Trevor Thompson, DSBA President:
"Although I didn't know Paul Carey as well as many of you but I do know that - in these parts - he was a legend. Not only as a broadcaster, but more importantly as a person. His passing is mourned by all he touched, thanks to his talent, profile and longevity; he did indeed touch countless sports souls. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife Nancy, his family and the many close friends he leaves behind. And let us be thankful for the treasure of his incredible legacy."  

George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director:
"Two Paul Carey stories I wish to share.  It was March of 1972 and the MLB ballplayers had a spring work stoppage in Lakeland. Florida. I show up at old Henley Field to watch the Tigers scrimmage, sitting in the bleachers for more than one hour, and up walks Paul Carey. "Hey, George, did you know that you are as red as a lobster?" Silly me, I forgot to pack tanning lotion and was red as a lobster in Paul's eyes!
The other story dates back a few years, as I was preparing to write my book, "Detroit Sports Broadcasters: On the Air" for Arcadia Press. Paul and Nancy invited me to stop by their suburban home and let me sift through Paul's collection of photographs, for possible use in my book. I chose several of his. The two photos I am most proud of borrowing? Carey interviewing Hall of Famer Ted Williams when he managed the Texas Rangers and Paul with two legends of their own - Ernie Harwell and Joe Gentile. Both pictures made it into my book. 
I thank you Paul from the bottom of my heart for all you did and achieved as an announcer and as a human being." 

Roger Faulkner, DSBA Honorary Lifetime Member:
"Paul was one of the great voices of Detroit, part of a legendary cadre of fine broadcasters. A modest man, he was kind and generous in the extreme. A great loss."  

John Fountain, DSBA President:
"Most will always remember Paul as Ernie Harwell's partner for so many years broadcasting Tiger baseball. They were the greatest at painting word pictures and keeping the focus on the game and its participants. I, will however, always remember and be thankful of how Paul never forgot where great sports begins, the high school game. His late night reporting of high school sports has never been replicated. Also, whenever I need help, Paul was only a phone call away and eager to respond."

Paul Chapman, DSBA President:
"I'll never forget Paul. We worked together at WJR for 8 years, 1983 until his retirement in 1991. He taught me how to run that Friday night high school football scoreboard show on nights when he couldn't make it and as you know, he always came back to work at WJR during the winter months, between the end of the baseball season and the start of spring training. And then there were the state championship high school football games he and I broadcast from the Silverdome for 2 or 3 seasons. I felt like Ernie, with me doing the play by play and Paul doing the analysis. And the one thing I'll remember most about Paul is that big, deep belly laugh he had when something struck him funny. Just a wonderful guy to be around. I'll miss him."

From Larry Adderley, DSBA President:
"I struggled with what to say about Paul.  I knew him, from a distance, Great voice, wonderful work ethic and so on, as already mentioned by many of his peers.  Classy long time broadcaster and unfortunately, there won't be more like him."

Jim Brandstatter, DSBA President:
"The consummate pro....the job was about the game, never about him. I always thought his High School Scoreboard show was my favorite piece of Paul's great career. He was a major league baseball announcer and yet he gave that Scoreboard show of High School results as much care and attention as he did a Denny McClain 3 hit shut out. That is a man who cares about his craft, and who makes every opportunity matter. Thanks Paul!"

FOX Sports Detroit has been nominated for 43 Emmys among 21 categories, as announced by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The winners will be unveiled June 18 at the 38th Annual Michigan Emmy Awards Ceremony.
"All of us here are extremely thankful for the recognition by the Academy for our work in 2015, and I am so proud of the creative and dedicated people who make FOX Sports Detroit what it is," said Greg Hammaren, FOX Sports Detroit senior vice president/general manager.
Here are the nominees representing FOX Sports Detroit, which has captured 113 Emmys since 2000 and 68 over the last seven years.
Station Excellence
  • FOX Sports Detroit 2015 - Greg Hammaren
Historic/Cultural - News Feature
  • Remembering Ernie Harwell - Taylor Benson
Historic/Cultural - Program Special
  • Tigers Live: Fiesta Tigres Special - Alex Assaf, Mary Brady
Human Interest - News Feature
  • Detroit Pistons: Veterans Day Surprise - Anthony Marzilli (Detroit Pistons)
Sports - News Feature
  • Love Brought Him Home - Justin White, Chad Schwartzenberger, Michael Isenberg
Sports - Program Feature/Segment
  • NU74, AM16, DB34 - Mickey York, Chad Schwartzenberger
  • Spartan Hockey All-Access "75 Seasons of Spartan Hockey" - Justin Garant (Michigan State University Athletic Communications)
  • Angel in the End Zone - Justin White, Chad Schwartzenberger, Alex Assaf
  • Spartan Basketball All-Access; Best Friends - Nicholas Baker, Jacob Huber (Spartan Vision)
  • Tommie McCune's Bittersweet Career-High Game Feature - Brandie Wells (Good Problem Productions)
  • Spartan Football All-Access: "In the Storm" - Ryan McPhail (Michigan State University Athletic Communications)
  • Harbaugh Comes Home - Ed Kengerski, Collin McCarty, Brian Hartley (University of Michigan)
Sports - Daily or Weekly Program
  • Spartan Football All-Access: "Driving Force" - Ryan McPhail (Michigan State University Athletic Communications)
  • Spartan Basketball All-Access: Chasing Legacy - Nicholas Baker, Jacob Huber (Spartan Vision)
  • Wingspan 2015 - Ashley Lukes, Brandie Wells (Good Problem Productions)
  • Spartan Hockey All-Access: "A Place to Go" - Justin Garant (Michigan State University Athletic Communications)
  • Tigers Weekly 2015 - Ashley Lukes, Brandie Wells (Good Problem Productions)
Sports Program - Program Series
  • Oakland University All Access - Oliver Thornton, Matthew Stinson, James Graessle (Good Problem Productions)
  • Spartan Football All-Access: "The Road" - Ryan McPhail (Michigan State University Athletic Communications)
  • Pistons360 - Diane Ferranti, Jeremy Smoker, Ryan Ross, Tom Wait (Detroit Pistons)
Sports - One-Time Special
  • Detroit's Dream Team - Ashley Lukes, Kenneth Vance
  • Pistons360" Pistons vs UFC - Diane Ferranti, Jeremy Smoker, Jason George, Ryan Ross, Tom Wait (Detroit Pistons)
  • State Champs! Legends - Tyrone Wheatley - Lorne Plant (Yellow Flag Productions)
Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Program/Special
  • Justin Verlander's Almost No-Hitter - Joe Nikkola, Mark Iacofano, Brady Clyma
  • Pistons beat Bulls in 4 OT - Christopher Wasielewski, David Rhoades
  • MHSAA D2 Finals: Detroit MLK vs Lowell - "An Angel in the Endzone" - Jason Dizik, Mark Iacofano, Brady Clyma
Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Series
  • 2015 Detroit Red Wings Compilation - Brady Clyma, Mark Iacofano, Brian J. Maas, Joe Nikkola
  • 2015 Detroit Lions Preseason Compilation - Brady Clyma, Mark Iacofano, Brian Bender
  • 2015 Detroit Tigers Compilation - Brady Clyma, Joe Nikkola, Mark Iacofano, Brian J. Maas, Christopher Wasielewski
  • Pistons Basketball - Christopher Wasielewski, David Rhoades, Jason Dizik, Brady Clyma
Craft Speciality - Makeup
  • Living for Two / Bobbleheads - Janelle Thomason (The Makeup Loft/DPTV)
Director - Live or Recorded Live
  • Mark Iacofano
  • Detroit Pistons - David Rhoades
Director - Non-Live (Post Produced)
  • State Champs! Legends - Tyrone Wheatley - Lorne Plant (Yellow Flag Productions)
  • Alexander Wright: Director - Alexander Wright (Good Problem Productions)
Editor - Program (Non-News)
  • Editors - Kenneth Vance, Jeff Lyczak (Good Problem Productions)
Editor - Short Form (Promos, PSA's, Commercials, Opens, etc)
  • Spartan Vision Production Reel - Nicholas Baker (Spartan Vision)
Editor - Sports
  • Editors - Kenneth Vance, Jeff Lyczak (Good Problem Productions)
Talent - Anchor - Sports
  • Composite - Justin White
Photographer - Program (Non-News)
  • Photographer - Composite Video - Justin Garant (Michigan State University Athletic Communications)
Writer - Program
  • Writer "Detroit's Dream Team" - James Graessle (Good Problem Productions)
  • State Champs! Legends - Tyrone Wheatley - Lorne Plant (Yellow Flag Productions)
Writer - Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.)
  • Teases - Michael Isenberg, Jason Dizik

At a Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association luncheon April 27th at the Tiger Club in Comerica Park, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix announced it is proud to once again partner with the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) as its official healthcare services provider when the event returns to Belle Isle Park, June 3-5, 2016.
Every year that the Grand Prix has been hosted in the Motor City since 2007, the DMC has served as the official provider of healthcare services for the event and the partnership continues to grow along with the popularity of the annual race. As part of the relationship, the DMC coordinates and operates all medical facilities and stations at the Grand Prix during race weekend - not only servicing all event attendees, but working closely with each of the racing series to coordinate care for the competitors as well.
"The Grand Prix has developed a trusted partnership with the DMC over the years and we appreciate all they do to provide first class medical services for our event," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
In the DMC, the Grand Prix knows it has a partner that has established itself as a leader in the medical community, and especially with its local sports teams and events. The DMC also serves as the official healthcare services provider for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and the annual Detroit Free Pres Marathon.
"At DMC we take pride in our city and the communities we serve, and that translates into supporting Detroit's biggest sports traditions like the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said Joe Mullany, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Medical Center. "DMC brings the same emergency medicine expertise to the race as we do in our hospitals. We're proud of our partnership, excited for the race, and ready to go."
Building on the relationship, Grand Prix drivers have also made appearances at DMC hospitals each year, visiting with patients and staff while bringing the event closer to them. This morning, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball, who races with diabetes, visited the Children's Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center and spent some time with pediatric patients with diabetes and participated in a unique art therapy session.
"It was awesome to spend some time with the patients at Children's Hospital and, as drivers, we appreciate all the DMC does to support the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said Kimball. "Hopefully we can see some of the patients on Belle Isle when the race returns the first weekend in June."

Childress, Hendrick, Martin, Parks and Parsons Comprise Hall's Eighth Class
NASCAR announced on May 25th the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The five-person group - the eighth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 - consists of Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons. In addition, NASCAR announced that Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles won the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2017 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton announced the class and Landmark Award winner, respectively, this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's "Great Hall."
The Class of 2017 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through and, for the third year, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion (Kyle Busch). In all, 54 votes were cast, with four additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd, Robert Yates, Waddell Wilson and Ken Squier). The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.
Voting was as follows: Benny Parsons (85%), Rick Hendrick (62%), Mark Martin (57%), Raymond Parks (53%) and Richard Childress (43%).
The next top vote-getters were Robert Yates, Red Byron and Alan Kulwicki.
Results for the Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Buddy Baker, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Benny Parsons and Larry Phillips.
The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that included, in addition to the five inductees chosen: Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ray Fox, Ron Hornaday Jr., Harry Hyde, Alan Kulwicki, Hershel McGriff, Larry Phillips, Jack Roush, Ricky Rudd, Ken Squier, Mike Stefanik, Waddell Wilson and Robert Yates.
Nominees for the Landmark Award included Earles, Janet Guthrie, Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Ken Squier.

Make it three in row for Montrose High School, which was selected as the "Program of the Year" in the third annual MHSAA School Broadcast Program Excellence Awards for 2015-16.
The SBP Excellence Awards will award certificates and plaques to the schools which took individual honors, with the presentation dates and times to be announced.
Montrose took first place in Best Student Play-By-Play, and the top two spots for Best Produced Commercial/Feature.  The program also took a second place for Best Use of PlayOn! Sports Graphics.  Montrose also demonstrated during the year a good blend of productions in a variety of sports covered, the ability to cover home and away events and an overall command of the PlayOn! Sports software used for graphics and inserting commercials/features during the course of productions.
Other category winners were:  Cedar Springs High School for Best Multicamera Production and Best Single Camera Production with PlayOn! Graphics; and Haslett High School for Best Use of PlayOn! Graphics.  
Here is the complete list by categories of the schools and students being honored in this year's SBP Excellence Awards:

Best Multicamera Production:
  • First Place - Cedar Springs - Ethan Lewis, John Grigsby, Leah Carter, Kelly Salmon - Football game v. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern.
  • Second Place - Haslett - Conor Clifford, Torsten Holland, Alex Riley, Dylan Wolschleger, Brennan Simzak, Altair Boonraksa, Jacob Johnston, Nathan Glaza, Thomas Ashley - Girls Basketball game v. Mason.
  • Third Place - Montrose - Eric Vandefifer, Conner Pyrc, Jared Adams, Mandy Ramsey, John Blackford - Boys Basketball game v. Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy.
Best Play-By-Play:
  • First Place - Montrose - Eric Vandefifer and Conner Pyrc - Boys Basketball game v. Goodrich.
  • Second Place - Haslett - Conor Clifford and Torsten Holland - Girls Basketball game v. Mason.
  • Third Place - Cedar Springs - Jonathan Wolfarth and Jalen Jackson - Football game v. Wyoming.

Best Produced Commercial/Feature:
  • First Place - Montrose - Eric Vandefifer, Conner Pyrc, Jared Adams, Mandy Rasmey, John Blackford - Ford Field Trip Feature.
  • Second Place - Montrose - Amanda Ramsey, Jared Adams, Alyssa Bernard, -  RAINN Sexual Assault PSA.
Best Single Camera Production with PlayOn! Graphics:
  • First Place - Cedar Springs - Alex Tanis, Alex Robinson, Jonathan Wolfarth, Ethan Lewis - MHSAA Football Playoff - Muskegon at Muskegon Mona Shores.
  • Second Place - Haslett - Tyler Goldberg and Jonah Brown - MHSAA Football Playoff - Romeo v. Grand Ledge.
  • Third Place - Cedar Springs - Alex Tanis, Alex Robinson, Jonathan Wolfarth, Ethan Lewis - MHSAA Football Playoff - Lansing Catholic v. Grand Rapids West Catholic.
Best Use of PlayOn! Graphics/Software:
  • First Place - Haslett - Dylan Wolschleger, Brennan Simzak, Jacob Johnston, Conor Clifford, Reece Huberts, Henrik Holland, David Weston - Girls Basketball game v. St. Johns.
  • Second Place - Montrose - Eric Vandefifer, Conner Pyrc, Jared Adams, Mandy Ramsey, John Blackford - Boys Basketball game v. Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy.
  • Third Place - Montrose - Peyton Hobson, John Blackford, Conner Pyrc - Boys Basketball game v. Corunna.
Michigan schools were represented recently when the NFHS Network announced its SBP awards for the 2015-16 school year on April 28.  Jamie Kitts of Montrose High School was one of three finalists for the Best Teacher honor, and Rockford High School had a finalist for Highlight of the Year, a 65-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tyler Bradfield against Grandville.
The School Broadcast Program, powered by PlayOn! Sports, is a platform which schools can utilize to reach members of their community about activities taking place in their buildings, providing recognition for students while at the same time giving them hands-on opportunities to gain broadcasting experience and providing schools an opportunity to realize additional revenues for their programs.  Schools interested in becoming a part of the School Broadcast Program should contact John Johnson at the MHSAA Office.

Evan Stockton_ DSBA Student Member

The Chatham Athletic Association is pleased to introduce the Anglers broadcast team for the 2016 season.

Jake Eisenberg, a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, will partner with Evan Stockton, a rising junior at Syracuse University, for their first summers calling Cape League baseball. Eisenberg, from Port Washington, New York, and Stockton, from Milford, Michigan, will provide play-by-play for all regular season and postseason games on the Cape Cod Baseball Network. The duo debuts June 10 when Chatham hosts Falmouth at Veterans Field.

"Jake and Evan will provide informative, entertaining and professional commentary and continue Chatham's strong tradition in broadcasting excellence," said Dan D'Uva, the CAA's media consultant. "Their passion for the game-and for quality journalism-will make for an enjoyable, captivating listen. Fans will be immersed in the Anglers thanks to the diligence and care Jake and Evan put into their broadcasts."

Eisenberg and Stockton will lead Chatham's 14th year of live play-by-play broadcasting, with the Anglers offering online audio and toll-free telephone broadcasts for all games, plus video streaming for home games. In conjunction with long-time service provider TRZ Teamline, fans can enjoy all Chatham games free of charge. The Anglers' SoundCloud will feature broadcast archives, highlights, features, interviews and entire game broadcasts on demand. More information about the Cape Cod Baseball Network is available at Broadcast Central.
Evan Stockton | Syracuse University
Raised near Detroit, Michigan, Stockton began his broadcasting career at Detroit Catholic Central High School, where he broadcast Shamrock sports on the school's online radio network. Stockton also played football, hockey and baseball at Catholic Central, and served as sports editor for the school's newspaper. Majoring in broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Stockton works on the sports staffs of WAER and WJPZ radio, and serves as a broadcast intern for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. Stockton lists Ernie Harwell, Vin Scully and Brent Musburger among his broadcasting idols, and will be coming to Cape Cod for the first time this summer.

Evan Stockton_ DSBA Student Member
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) and Student Broadcast Foundation (SBF) speak to more than 2000 students at the 3rd Annual Detroit Tigers Journalism Day is off to an exciting start for SBF students at Comerica Park.

Students from Montrose, Haslett, U of D Jesuit, DeLaSalle, Cousino High Schools brought student announcers to listen to DSBA President- Fox Sports Detroit Trevor Thompson, Fox Sports Detroit Rod Allen, 97.1 FM The Ticket Dan Dickerson, SBF Tom Skinner, Madonna University Jeremy Otto and Eric Vandefiffer from Montrose High School talk about their journey as sports announcers.

Special Thanks to Eli Bayless, Director of Promotions and Special Events with the Tiger's organization donated a suite allowing student announcers from 5 schools, Warren Cousino, Haslett, Montrose, U of D Jesuit, DeLaSalle Collegiate High Schools to broadcast the Tiger's game to a voice recorder. Thanks to Brendan Johnson DeLaSalle Collegiate alum, Madonna University Sophomore works in their Sports Information department for getting the high school students up and ready to broadcast. Brendan had a spot in the broadcast rotation but gave it up to allow other high school students the opportunity to call the Tiger's game.

SBF also would like to Thank, Mike Isenberg - Coordinating Producer - FSD for contacting Craig Wilking - Senior Producer FSD working the game that day and taking time out to give a tour of the Fox Sports Detroit's production trailers to Haslett and Montrose high schools 20 students.


DSBA Member Sal Giacona meets retired Lions kicker Jason Hanson on May 5th at a National Day of Prayer event in metro Detroit.

Photo courtesy of Robert Benko.

Drivers and race cars were on hand for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Media Event at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit on June 2nd.


The DSBA was mentioned on the official Detroit Tigers twitter feed in regards to catcher James McCann being honored with the Tigers Rookie of the Year Award.

Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

Victor Martinez swings at a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during a recent game at Comerica Park.

Members on the Go
  • Rod Allen, DSBA Member, has started his 12th season as game analyst of the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit.

  • Dennis Davidson, DSBA Member, is promoting the 25th Annual Romulus Rotary Club Golf Outing, on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Links of Gateway Golf Club in Romulus.

  • Dan Dickerson, DSBA Member, has begin his 12th season as play-by-play voice (15th season in the booth) of the Detroit Tigers on 97.1 FM The Ticket and the Tigers Radio Network.

  • Spencer Hoffman, DSBA Student Member, earned a scholarship at the Honors Awards event at Frankenmuth High School.
  • Mario Impemba, DSBA Member, has begin his 13th season as play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit.
  • Ronnie Kadykowski, DSBA Student member, graduated from the School of Law at Pepperdine University in California.
  • Jeremy Otto, DSBA Student member is now public address announcer for Oakland County Football Club.
  • Dan York, DSBA Member, is promoting the 1st Annual Champions of Garden City High School Scholarship Golf Outing on Monday, August 22, 2016 starting at 9:30 am.
  • On April 28th the Nation Federation of High Schools Network/NFHS Network (Atlanta, Georgia) announced their 2015-16 school year high school broadcasting awards and Montrose Hill-McCloy High School and the Montrose Digital broadcasting program had two individual awards nominees for national honors, as well as a short documentary. 
  • Eric Vandefifer, DSBA Student Member and a sophomore sports director for was a nominee in the NFHS Network "Sportscaster of the Year" category and James "Jamie" Kitts, DSBA Member, was a finalist for the NFHS Broadcasting Teacher of the Year. 
  • The broadcasting program short documentary on the students experience at Ford Field covering the 2015 MHSAA Football Finals was also nominated for the NFHS Network 2015-16 Awards Program. 
  • Congratulations to Eric and Jamie, and the entire broadcasting student's team, for their outstanding work in the 2015-16 school year covering not only Montrose Hill-McCloy High School sports teams but many others throughout the state of Michigan. 
    That NFHS Network 2015-16 Awards show can be seen at the site link below.

Hispanic Promoter

Student - Lutheran North High School

Executive Director - Montrose (High School) Digital-TV

Student - Warren Cousino High School
The following DSBA Members have paid their 2016 dues since the last newsletter, joining 112 who previously were published.

Jim Arnone
Ron Cameron
Juan Cracchiolo
Candice Ebling
Anthony Fenech
Terry Foster
Grant Froling (S)
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
Jackson Griskie (S)
Bill Harrington
Dr. Robert Hasbany
Spencer Hoffman (S)
John Johnson
Richard Kincaide
James Kitts
Charlie Lemmex
Andy McLemore
Scott Morganroth
Tommy Morris
James Oklur
Jeremy Olstyn
Gus K. Pantelides
Rob Parker
Richard Rachner
Brad Ruffini
Trayon Samuel Jr. (S)
Tom Skinner
Evan Stockton (S)
Jim Streeter
John Thiede
Bob Wojnowski

(S) = Student Member


Marc Blancke
John Conroy
Butch Davis
Dan Dickerson
Sheri Falhauber
Dempsey Scott Harrison
Jeremiah Hergott
Tom Kopeck
Kurt Kosmowski
Jon Paul Morosi
Mike Murray
John Oliver
Trey Schmitz
Eric Vandefifer
Robert Williams
The following individuals recently contributed to the DSBA Grant Fund joining others who contributed since November 1st 2015 and whose names were published previously.

Nancy Carey (in honor of Paul Carey)
Juan Cracchiolo
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
James Kitts
Bob Wojnowski

(S) = Student Member
Hey George! 

Haven't been active in the DSBA for a couple of years now... Not active in Detroit either for about a year and a half. Working for Sovereign Communications in Marquette! Five stations, keeping me busy! How's the DSBA been?? How have YOU been, sir?!? Those DSBA meetings I went to in high school, and the support from you were so critical... I would not have believed this was possible without that, and that's the truth.

-Matthew Pocket

Thank you!  Your generous support of the Rochester Hills Public Library has enabled us to provide essential funds to maintain our world class library.  In this challenging economy there is no better resource for learning and entertainment than the Rochester Hills Public LIbrary.  Demand is higher now than ever for the services and resources offered by the Library and your donation will help our library provide continuous services to our community.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support.  Your gift ensures that the Library will be there for your family and for generations to come.  We assure you that it will be used wisely to provide enriched public library material and services.

Christine Hag
Library Director

(A donation of $100 was made from the Endowment Fund in memory of Paul Carey)

Dear Friend of Brother Rice,

Thank you for your generous donation of $100 to the Scholarship Fund, which we received on March 15, 2016 in memory of Leo Martin.  Your support enriches every area of school life, ensuring that Brother Rice is able to maintain excellence in education and the formation of young men as Christian gentlemen.

In recent years, donations like yours have helped us renovate classrooms, offer our faculty and students the latest in educational technology, and provide the Brother Rice experience for numbers of families who would not otherwise be able to afford it.  Thank you for helping us to further our Mission.

John Birney '76

Paul Carey
DSBA Past President & Honorary Lifetime Member

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, June 7, 2016
DSBA Pro Team Challenge at Bayview 
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Media Luncheon
With Drawings of the Tigers, Lions, Pistons & Red Wings Boats
11:00 am
Bayview Yacht Club, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit
Complimentary Lunch
RSVP: (586) 558-9103 or

Thursday, June 9, 2016
DSBA Boxing Promotion Day at MotorCity Casino
11:45 am
MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit
Complimentary Lunch for DSBA Members / $10 Guests
RSVP: (586) 558-9103 or

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
DSBA Day at National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame
11:45 am
American-Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road, Troy
Lunch: $15 Members / $20 Guests
RSVP: (586) 558-9103 or

Monday, July 11, 2016
DSBA 30th Annual Charity Golf Scramble
7:30 am Registration/Breakfast/Practice Tee
9:00 am Start
Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center, Shelby Township
$150 All Day Fee / $50 Dinner/Open Bar Only
RSVP: Bill Harrington or Jim Rein 
(313) 886-5500 or

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