Biff Students Tour Radio Stations WRIF, WCSX and Detroit Sports 105.1

Ten Biff students along with Pete Bowers and Ron Wittebols took a tour of the Greater Media Detroit radio studios in Ferndale May 13, 2016. The tour was given by former WBFH grad Nate Bender (Lahser ’03) and his dad Tom Bender who is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Greater Media Interactive. We toured three stations: WRIF, WCSX and Detroit Sports 105.1. Attending the tour: Evan Sacksner, Evan Brook, Antinae Smith, Matthew Brennecke, Matthew Artemenko, Amanda Jones, Sabrina Jones, Greg Margosian, Dylan Wittenberg, Dean Hysni and Noah Singer.

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Evan Sacksner, Evan Brook, Matthew Brennecke and Antinae Smith outside Greater Media Detroit building in Ferndale which houses three radio stations.

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Nate Bender (with his Biff water bottle) talking with Biff students in the Commons area about career options that are available in today’s fickle world of radio broadcasting.

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In the 101.1 WRIF studio with Meltdown, the 3-7 p.m. air personality. Meltdown has worked at WRIF for over 20 years and was a guest speaker at last fall’s BCBC.

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Talking with Dave Dahmer, the 7 p.m.-midnight air personality who was doing the afternoon shift this day. He shared with us the radio stations that he has worked at before getting hired at WCSX.

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In the 94.7 WCSX studio during Dave Dahmer’s show with a view of their console and monitors.

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Nate showing us the studio used for RIFF2, the HD2 channel for those with HD Radio or available on RIFF2.com. RIFF2 features a mix of alternative, indie rock, electronic, punk, metal and the best from today’s Detroit music scene.

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Looking into the Detroit Sports 105.1 air studio with hosts Hunter, Chapman and Pascoe. Lindsey Hunter was a Detroit Piston ’93-2000 and ’03-’08.

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Michael is the phone screener for Detroit Sports 105.1 show as well as the one who posts audio clips and podcasts of the show on the website.

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Detroit Sports 105.1 Production Director Scotty O’Jay plays a production he was working on using ProTools hardware and software.

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Looking into the studio used solely for the popular morning show, Dave and Chuck the Freak. Nobody in there while we were there.

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Pete Bowers, Nate Bender, Ron Wittebols and Tom Bender pose for photo in lobby. Nate is currently a Board Operator at Detroit Sports 105.1 and the Co-Creator, Co-host and Executive Producer at Limit Break Radio. Tom is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Greater Media Interactive.

WBFH Still Looking for Sponsors of Summer Radio Program

We want to offer a summer radio program that has never been offered before. Let us cut to the chase…we need $10,000 to do it right. We need your help and the help of the community we have served rather well for 40 years this year to get this going. Here is an opportunity for you and/or your company to help underwrite this groundbreaking summer radio program with an immediate donation and possible naming rights for generous donations. We’ve got Ford Field. We’ve got Comerica Park. Soon, we’ll have Little Caesar’s Arena. Naming rights are common nowadays.

Donations of any amount are appreciated and can be sent to WBFH, 4200 Andover Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302. Checks should be made payable to “WBFH”. Donations are tax deductible.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for donations: https://www.gofundme.com/wbfhsummerradio.

NASCAR has the Geico 500 and the Coca-Cola 500. How about the “You and/or Your Company’s Name Here” Summer Radio Program?

If we are able to offer a summer radio program, students in grades 3-12 as well as adults will all be able to go on the air live with their own radio show just like many other high school radio stations nationwide already do. The time is right for WBFH to be on in the summer as a four-season community radio station.

Questions? Contact WBFH General Manager Pete Bowers at (248) 341-5695 during regular school hours.

Link to Summer Radio Camp:

Biffers Win 11 State Broadcasting Awards and 2016 Michigan High School Radio Station of the Year

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won three first place awards, four second place awards and four third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held May 3, 2016 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The MABF received entries from 38 schools for their annual Michigan Student Broadcast Awards competition.  WBFH students won 11 of the 23 awards given out in the high school radio division and won the 2016 Michigan High School Radio Station of the Year Award for the tenth time in the last 14 years:

Senior Evan Sacksner won four awards:  1st Place, On-Air Personality; 1st Place, Most Innovative Media Technology; 1st Place, Talk Show; 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Andrew Brown and Greg Margosian).

Senior Andrew Brown won three awards:  1st Place, Promotional Announcement (with Greg Margosian); 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Evan Sacksner and Greg Margosian); 3rd Place Promotional Announcement (with Greg Margosian and Harrison Parker).

Senior Greg Margosian won three awards:  1st Place, Promotional Announcement (with Andrew Brown); 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Evan Sacksner and Andrew Brown); 3rd Place Promotional Announcement (with Andrew Brown and Harrison Parker).

Senior Foster Stubbs won two awards:  2nd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature; 2nd Place, Digital Media Experience.

Senior Harrison Parker won two awards:  2nd Place, Promotional Announcement; 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Andrew Brown and Greg Margosian).

Senior Jason Silverstone won two awards:  3rd Place, Public Service Announcement; 3rd Place, MHSAA Sports Public Service Announcement (with Jonah Lopas).

Senior Jonah Lopas won one award:  3rd Place, MHSAA Sports Public Service Announcement (with Jason Silverstone).

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students.  “I’m so proud of the seven seniors who won awards at the ceremony today. Winning back-to-back High School Station of the Year Awards was a great way to end their time working on WBFH before they graduate” said Bowers.  Bowers is on the MAB Foundation Board of Directors.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 and 89.5 on the FM dial, online at wbfh.fm and on the free Biff Radio app.

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Article about The Biff in Radio Magazine

An article in the April edition of Radio Magazine about how Biff students use ENCO’s DAD system and software was written by Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols. The article was entitled Teenagers Really Love Having DAD in the Studio and featured photos of Biff students Jonah Lopas and Matthew Brennecke.

Link to article: http://www.radiomagonline.com/field-reports/0033/teenagers-really-love–having-dad-in-the-studio/37599