The new Biff Studios in the newly constructed high school will be right in the middle of the school next to the cafeteria and Main Street. There will be one on-air studio, three production studios, a work / office area and a storage room. The Biff’s new tower is located next to the new Model High School/TV Studios building. Below are pictures of the construction site taken over the last six months.
Biff sportscasters Dylan Wittenberg and Foster Stubbs did a live webcast of the Class A Basketball Final from the Breslin Center on March 28, 2015. They were both selected to call the game because they won first and second place in the Michigan Student Broadcast State Awards competition. The Detroit Western Cowboys beat the Saginaw Arthur Hill LumberJacks, 62 – 59.
To listen to the game, click here.
WBFH PLEDGE DRIVE AIRED MARCH 20, 2015
16-Hour Live Broadcast 8 a.m. to Midnight
The Bloomfield Hills School District’s radio station WBFH, also known as The Biff, broadcasted its 39th Annual Biffstock Pledge Drive at 8 a.m. March 20th and continued with live programming until 11 p.m. WBFH students collected money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses.
“Our radioathon is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations” said WBFH Biffstock Chair Jaron Kirshenbaum. All 19 WBFH staff students were on the air for one-hour shifts for a total of 16 hours of live programming. Then from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Motor City Static aired for a special one hour air shift. From 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., sophomores as a group took to the air, as is tradition for Biffstock every year. The juniors followed suit from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and finally the seniors wrapped it up from 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The shift schedule and other pledge drive information can be found on the station website: www.wbfh.fm. Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter @TheBiff881.
The Biffalo made guest appearances throughout the lunches, taking photos, selfies, hugs and high fives throughout.
Alumn Matt Friedman was also on the Biff with his daughter, Jenna Friedman, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., who didn’t DJ a show for twenty five years until that night.
The Biff Staffers were also involved in a friendly game of Biff Basketball from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. continuing the tradition of playing every year. Sirius won the game 41-34 against the XMs.
Listeners are also encouraged to join The Biff Fan Group on Facebook. Search “WBFH 88.1 FM, The Biff” and click “Like”.
WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 and 89.5 on the FM dial or online at wbfh.fm, is one of only a few high schools in the state with an FM radio station. The station is supervised by the WBFH management team of Station Manager/Electronic Media Teacher Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols.
WBFH students have been honored recently with both national and state recognition. Thirteen Biff students won 14 state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 11 at the Lansing Center. WBFH was named the 2015 High School Station of the Year for the ninth time in 13 years. WBFH also won 1st Place, Best High School Station in a national competition at the 11th Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held May 3, 2014 at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
BHHS Hall Monitor Karen Stevenson was a special guest on Bagley’s Corner March 16th. She talked about issues that hall monitors deal with, including the fight she had to break up in the cafeteria and the video of her climbing over a table to get to the fight that went viral. She also talked about working at the Renaissance Festival and read an anti-bullying PSA in one of her many accents.
You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won six first place awards, six second place awards and two third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
The MABF received 392 entries from 23 schools for their annual Michigan Student Broadcast Awards competition. WBFH students won 14 of the 23 awards (60%) given out in the high school radio division and won the 2015 Michigan High School Radio Station of the Year Award for the ninth time in the last 13 years.
Senior Jaron Kirshenbaum won six awards: 1st Place, PSA (with Harrison Parker); 1st Place, Digital Media Experience (with Harrison Parker); 1st Place, Play by Play (with Dylan Wittenberg); 2nd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature; 2nd Place, Talk Show (with Oliver Norton); 3rd Place MHSAA Sports PSA.
Junior Evan Sacksner won three awards: 1st Place, Promo (with Jason Silverstone); 2nd Place, PSA (with Mitchell Salhaney, Jason Silverstone and Brock Appleby); 2nd Place Promo (with Andrew Brown).
Junior Jason Silverstone won three awards: 1st Place, Promo (with Evan Sacksner); 2nd Place, PSA (with Evan Sacksner and Mitchell Salhaney); 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Jonah Lopas).
Senior Brock Appleby won two awards: 2nd Place, On-Air Personality; 2nd Place, PSA (with Evan Sacksner, Mitchell Salhaney and Jason Silverstone).
Junior Harrison Parker won three awards: 1st Place, Current Events Program; 1st Place, Digital Media Experience (with Jaron Kirshenbaum).1st Place, PSA (with Jaron Kirshenbaum).
Senior Kent Davis won one award: 1st Place, MHSAA Sports PSA.
Sophomore Dylan Wittenberg won one award: 1st Place, Sports Play-by-Play (with Jaron Kirshenbaum).
Senior Mitchell Salhaney won one award: 2nd Place, PSA (with Evan Sacksner and Jason Silverstone).
Senior Oliver Norton won one award: 2nd Place, Talk Show (with Jaron Kirshenbaum).
Junior Greg Margosian won one award: 2nd Place, Sports Play-by-Play (with Foster Stubbs).
Junior Foster Stubbs won one award: 2nd Place, Sports Play-by-Play (with Greg Margosian).
Junior Andrew Brown won one award: 2nd Place, Promo (with Evan Sacksner).
Junior Jonah Lopas won one award: 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Jason Silverstone).
Kirshenbaum’s six awards were the most by any student in the competition. Six of the 13 award winners were first-time winners in this state competition: Norton, Silverstone, Salhaney, Wittenberg, Margosian and Stubbs.
The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students. “Five of our 13 award-winning students are seniors. I was very happy to see the underclassmen win as many awards as they did, especially those first-time award winners” said Bowers. Bowers is on the MAB Foundation Board of Directors.
The Biff was broadcasting the Student Faculty basketball game on March 6th. Calling the game was Foster Stubbs, Vikram Mohan, and Kent Davis. Engineering the game was Ron Wittabols. The students won 68-60.
Mojo of Mojo in the Morning, a top-rated morning drive radio show on Channel 955, stopped by the Biff to be a guest on The Hybrid with Evan Sacksner on Monday, March 2nd. Sacksner invited Mojo to be on his Biff radio show and he accepted. On they show, he talked about working in radio as a major market air personality. Click here to listen to the podcast of the show.