March 2012



March 2012
Upcoming DSBA Events
April is a great month to maximize the benefits of your DSBA membership! We'll be kick-
Vicki Foley
radio and TV broadcast programs in southeastern Michigan to join us. Hope
ing things off with our annual Detroit Red Wings
Please join us on April 16th at 1:00 p.m. at Specs Howard School of Broad-
Playoff Preview Event on April 9th at 1:00 pm
cast Arts in Southfield for the Annual DSBA Members Business Meeting We
at Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit. Red Wings Vice
have a number of projects in the works and this meeting provides a great
President and General Manager Ken Holland
opportunity to share your thoughts and actively participate in the direction of
will be on hand to answer questions and provide
the DSBA.
some exclusive insights into the game plan for the
Spring is a great time to really get involved in all the things happening
Wings as they make their 22nd consecutive play-
with the DSBA and its members. I do hope you'll join us for all three events
off appearance.
in April.
The "Pistons Broadcasters Appreciation Night" is fast approaching on
Friday, April 13th starting with pregame activities at 6:30 p.m. at the Palace of Auburn Hills. DSBA Member George Blaha and Fox Sports Detroit
reporter-anchor Ryan Field will address us prior to the 8 p.m. tip featuring
the Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks. We invite all DSBA members, friends
and family to attend. Tickets may be obtained by calling Cassie Wilkinson at
March/April 2012
YOU can be there!
Fists A-Flyin' in Motown
attention dsba members
26th Annual DSBA Charity Golf Scramble
Monday, July 9, 2012 at Cherry Creek GC
Commit Today!
Contact DSBA at (586) 558-9103 or [email protected]
(248) 371-2030 or [email protected] We also invite all Student-run
The promotion flyer from the event featured headline fighter Andy
Lee. Steward plans at least two more shows this year.
On March 8th Emanuel Steward and the DSBA held a press
conference at the Gaelic League, downtown Detroit, to announce
Emanuel’s fight card which was held on March 10. DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn started the meeting with some
official business and then turned it over to Kronk Boxing’s Event
Coordinator and Media Director Dennis Davidson.
Emanuel presented the Kronk fighters who were on the card
including Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland. Lee who resides with
Emanuel in Detroit, is a rising Middleweight who now sports a
stellar record of 28-1 with 20 KOs, who expects a title shot in
Hosting the press Conference was the Gaelic League who also
helped Kronk by selling tickets to the fight and distributing posters through the Metro area and promoted the fight on their radio
station WNZK-690. Over 30 members of the league attended.
On hand were Mike Brudenell of the Free Press and Marvin
Goodwin of the Oakland Press. The event was live streamed by
DSBA member Tommy Morris of DetroitCity TV.
DSBA members on hand, other than Eichorn, Steward and
Davidson, were Dan Graschuck, Mike Alberts, Frank Garza and
Eli Zarret. Garza, Graschuck and Davidson serve on Emanuel’s
Over forty people attended and enjoyed a catered meal put out
by Slow’s Bar-Be-Que.
On fight night Eli was the ring announcer assisted by Frank
and Dennis. Dan was one of the judges. Robert Dempster
somehow found his way to ringside. Attendance was estimated
at around 2,000.
Many celebrities were on hand that night including former
Kronk champs Tommy Hearns and Caveman Lee, also the “first
Lady of Boxing” Jackie Kallan was ringside.
DSBA members assisting with publicizing the fight were
Channel 7’s Tom Leyden, Katrina Hancock and Rob Parker of
Channel 4, WJR's Frank Beckmann, Butch Davis of Ecorse
Telegram, Tommy Morris of and George Eichorn
of the New Monitor. Emanuel and Andy were also on the air
with Mitch Albom and were guests on Fox 2’s Morning News.
Emanuel is planning at least 2 more shows this year.
Schedule of Events
Sterling Heights • Roseville • Mt. Clemens
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Call George Eichorn at
(586) 558-9103 for ad rates
Monday, April 9, 2012
Red Wings Playoff Preview
Day at the DSBA
Featuring GM Ken Holland of the
Red Wings
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hockeytown Cafe, Detroit
Lunch: $15
RSVP: [email protected] or
(586) 558-9103
Friday, April 13, 2012
Broadcaster Appreciation Night
Featuring George Blaha & Ryan Field
Time: 6:00 p.m.;
8:00 p.m. Pistons/Bucks Tipoff.
Location: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Cost: Free to Credentialed Media; Tickets
for Friends & Family are $14 and $22
($5 of each ticket ordered in advance
goes to the DSBA Grant Fund
RSVP: [email protected] or
(586) 558-9103
Monday, April 16, 2012
Annual DSBA Membership
Business Meeting
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Specs Howard School of
Broadcast Arts, 19900 W. Nine Mile Road,
Cost: None - Refreshments will be
RSVP: [email protected] or
(586) 558-9103
Nate Burleson Named DSBA/PFWA Lions MediaFriendly Good Guy Award Winner
on Vito LoPiccolo
In 1965 I was co-founder and president of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club
for 11 years. The MARFC is still in existence today. From 1969 to 1987 I was
the Field Representative for the Michigan International Speedway.
In 1977, I joined the DSBA. In 1979, Bill Humphries and I started Motor City
Motor Sports on WGPR TV 62. Humphries left and I took it over alone for two
years. Then Motor City Motor Sports went on the radio for the next 26 years. My
last radio broadcast was September 24, 2004.
In my early days, I was a sergeant in the Army during WWII earning a Bronze
Star, a Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.
In 1951, I joined the Detroit Police Department,
retiring in 1986. I have served the DSBA as a Vice
President, Treasurer and as the Sergeant-at-Arms.
I have enjoyed being a member of the DSBA for
these past 35 years.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions
was recently named the 2011 Detroit Lions-DSBAPFWAA Media-Friendly "Good Guy" Award winner.
Burleson has been a Lion since 2009 and was part of
a ferocious Lions air attack in 2010 that saw quarter-
Vito LoPiccolo
back Matthew Stafford eclipse 5,000 yards passing.
Burleson and 2009 Good Guy Award Winner Calvin
Johnson helped make that happen. Burleson will re-
- George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director, was
emcee on March 29th for the annual Macomb County
Risa Balayem
Bryan Bender
Joe Chagnon Ashley Dionne (S)
Ryan Ermanni
Terry Foster
Robert Grieser (S)
Katrina Hancock
Dempsey Scott Harrison III
Management Association second professional devel-
John Johnson
Denny Kapp
opment conference recently in Mount Pleasant.
Mark McLoughlin
Terry Moore
- Bill Keenist, DSBA Associate Member and senior
Scott Morganroth
Alice Murphy
Vice President-Detroit Lions, was a panelist for the
Rob Parker
Earle Robinson
CMU Management Association second professional
Neal Ruhl
Eddie Sachs Jr.
development conference in Mount Pleasant.
Drew Sharp
Bernie Smilovitz
- Bill Keith, DSBA Active Member reports that eight
Roger Smith
Thomas Watson
WSDP students including four sports broadcasters for
Charles Levi Wells IV Dennis Worden
Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Community Cares
Dinner & Auction, held at Andiamo's in Warren.
- Terry Foster, DSBA Active Member and co-host of
Valenti & Foster on 97.1 The Ticket, was a keynote
speaker for the Central Michigan University
High School and College Broadcast competition. Joe
*(S) denotes student membership
Play-by-Play Category. Adam Duxter (Canton sophomore) and Mason Mills (Salem junior) received hon-
The following individuals paid their 2012 DSBA
Memberships since the last Newsletter was published,
joining 101 others whose names were previously printed.
Alan Abrams
Rod Allen
Scott Allen
William (Butch) Davis
Ron Cameron
Paul Cicchini
James Costa (S)
John Cwikla
James Moore
Father of DSBA Active Member
Terry Moore
Dan Dickerson
Austin Drake (S)
Ben Eriksson
Dave Frisco
Blake Froling (S)
Josh Hakala
Sherrie Handrinos
Jim Hendrick
James Thiede
Father of DSBA Active Member
John Thiede
Jason Horn
Rich Kincaide
John Lewandowski
Laura Loviska
Kurt Kosmowski
Nancy Malinowski
Vic Michaels
Steve Miller
Rodney Ferguson
WJBK-TV Cameraman
Joe Pendergrass (S)
James Schmehl
Alex Sokoll (S)
Jeff Weiss
orable mentions.
Tim Bryant
Fox Sports Detroit Public Relations
Dan York
*(S) denotes student membership
prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Those DSBA Members who actively cover the Lions
and interview players in practice and/or after games,
nominate Lions players for the Good Guy "Media
Friendly" Award. This process is combined with the
nominations of the Detroit local chapter of the Pro
Football Writers Association, resulting in a winner.
Kronk Boxing Fight Nights - A Local Boxer Wins Big
Anonymous (2)
Sherrie Handrinos
Buck Jerzy
Kurt Kosmowski
P.O. Box 1222
Warren, MI 48090-1222
Phone (586) 558-9103
Fax: (586) 558-9104
[email protected]
DSBA Photographers
Mike Alberts
Robert Benko
Ben Eriksson
Bill Eisner
David Frisco
Frank Garza
Dan Graschuck
Bill Harrington
Jim Hindy
Laura Loviska
Nick Martines
Janet Slabaugh
"I've had to overcome a lot of diversity."
- Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden on the
ups and downs of his NBA career.
"I'm not an athlete. I'm a professional baseball
- John Kruk, TV analyst and former MLB player
DSBA Address:
DSBA Office:
DSBA Website:
2010 - Calvin Johnson
2009 - Dominic Raiola
2008 - Corey Smith
2007 - Roy Williams
2006 - Mike Furrey
2005 - Cory Schlesinger
2004 - Eddie Drummond
2003 - Dre' Bly
2002 - Jason Hanson
"Therapy can be a good thing; it can be
- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
"I'm rich. What am I supposed to do, hide it?"
- Detroit Tiger Lou Whitaker, arriving in a stretch
limo for a players' union meeting during the 1994
baseball strike.
Scoreboard Editor:
George Eichorn
Graphic Design
Steve McClellan - SMACK Graphics
Marketing / Printing:
Genesus Marketing & Communications
• Born August 19, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
• Played college football at
• Drafted in the 3rd round by the
Minnesota Vikings in 2003.
• Only player in NFL history to have 3 punt returns of
90+ yards.
• All of the males in his family
have played sports at the
Burleson #13
collegiate or professional
"It's a humbling thing being humble."
- Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett
The following individuals recently made a Grant Fund
donation to the DSBA. We thank them very much for their
Zylka (Plymouth sophomore) and Logan Lazorka
(Salem sophomore) received first place in the Sports
James Costa
Central Michigan University
Jason Horn
University of Detroit Mercy
Joe Pendergrass
Central Michigan University
James Schmehl
Alex Sokoll
Central Michigan University
the New 88.1 were among the state's best in the
Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation
ceive his award from DSBA and pro football writers
Andy Lee works opponent Saul Duran against the ropes in his second round victory in Novi, Michigan on
Saturday, March 10, 2012.
"The only reason I don't like playing in the World
Series is I can't watch myself play."
- Reggie Jackson
Andy Lee made quick work of Mexican boxer
notice after several other opponents dropped from
Saul (Baby) Duran in the Detroit suburb of Novi,
the card due to injury or other scheduling problems.
Michigan on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Andy Lee
Lee's 6' 2" lean frame was no match for the 39 year
is trained by Sugar Hill of the famed Kronk Gym.
old Mexican. Mr. Lee stated in an interview after the
Lee fought his first professional fight in Detroit six
fight that he felt that the bout could have continued
years ago and now has a record of 27 wins, 1 loss,
despite the opponent taking a knee early in the
19 knockouts. The victory sets Lee up for a possible
second round.
Awards was recognized with a bust at Central
world title fight against WBC champ Julio Cesar
Story and photo courtesy of Mike Alberts.
Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. Enberg is
Chavez Jr. in June. Duran who fought on short
- Former DSBA Member T.C. Cameron has been
named Director of Communications for the
Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.
- Dick Enberg, winner of 14 Sports Emmy
Awards and nine National Sportscaster of the Year
a graduate of CMU.

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