Marissa Boyajian Produces Features for NBC Sports at Summer Olympics

Former Biffer Marissa Boyajian is an Associate Producer at NBC Sports and worked at the Summer Oympics in Rio as a producer of athlete profiles and features. For example, she produced the background piece on USA Olympic Swimmer Dana Vollmer. An article about her appeared in the Downtown magazine. Link to article: http://www.downtownpublications.com/Articles-faces-birmingh….
From the article: “A 2004 graduate of Lahser High School, Boyajian got into broadcasting through her experience with the Biff, the Bloomfield Hills high school radio station. Involved with 88.1 WBFH for three years, Boyajian knew she wanted to study broadcasting in college.”

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The NBC Sports crew in Rio. Marissa is in the front row, 3rd from right.

Max Gun Works for FOX Sports and is Featured in Free Press Article

Former Biffer Max Gun was featured in an article appearing in the Free Press 8/14 reporting on his job as play-by-play announcer this summer. Link to article: http://www.freep.com/…/13/max-gun-baseball-announ…/88695242/. He called the middle innings, among other duties, for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the High-A affiliate of the Dodgers on FOX Sports 1350 KTDD-AM.
From the article: “Gun had caught the radio bug while working for the student radio station at Bloomfield HIlls Andover in high school.” He is an Andover Class of 2011 graduate.

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Pete Bowers Tours WJR, Gets Interviewed on Paul W. Smith Show

General Manager Pete Bowers was lucky enough to get a tour of AM760 WJR, the Great Voice of the Great Lakes in the Golden Tower of the Fisher Building and then was interviewed by Paul W. Smith live on the air! A friend of a friend of Bowers won the studio tour in a school silent auction and Bowers was able to go with him on the tour June 21st. Bowers asked a former Biffer and recent MSU grad, Cameron Billes, to come along and sit in and watch National Radio Hall of Famer Paul W. do his morning show from the studios on the 8th floor of the Fisher Building. Executive Producer Ann Thomas showed the two around and they met WJR Sports Director Steve Courtney and watched Dayna Clark do the traffic report. A dream came true for Bowers when Paul W talked with him over the air about the Biff…broadcast over WJR’s 50,000 watt signal! Biffer Matt Friedman heard the interview over the air…a witness!

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On the air from the WJR studios in the Golden Tower of the Fisher Building…the Great Voice of the Great Lakes at 50,000 watts! Even the chairs have WJR on them.

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Photo op with WJR Morning Host and National Radio Hall of Famer Paul W. Smith and former Biffer Cameron Billes.

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Board operator in the control room with Paul W. Smith broadcasting from the on air studio with a great view of downtown Detroit from the 8th floor of the Fisher Building.

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Photo in the on air studio with Cameron Billes, Andover Class of 2012 and Michigan State University Class of 2016, majoring in Sports Journalism.

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Photo op with WJR Sports Director Steve Courtney in his office space on the 8th floor of the Fisher Building. Steve was a guest speaker in my intro class back in the early 80’s.

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Traffic Reporter Dayna Clark giving traffic reports on the 5’s from her desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Biff Offers Summer Radio Camp for the First Time Ever

The BHSD radio station known as The Biff is offering a radio camp this summer which allows participants the opportunity to explore the art of radio broadcasting. During each 2 hour session, participants will operate an over-the-air FM radio station under the supervision of a station representative.  These hands-on sessions will allow participants to broadcast from day one while being heard throughout Oakland and Macomb counties and globally over the internet. Maximum of three (3) participants per session.

Those interested may register for as many 2-hour sessions as they like over an 8 week session; committing to a minimum of 5 sessions ($50/per person for each two hour session. $25 for each additonal family member). This is the first time WBFH has ever offered a summer camp.

Link to registration:

https://www.digitalsignup.com/ClassDetail.aspx?code=E2e0Q9wUyPofFNxUddSvIPkXs4axyenDXeqndRWaCgpUqmaNj%2flg%2fNsfGaZLZ4Bi&SoftwareID=dVPhpmlzqNvRXuXGb2qRIg%3d%3d

Award-Winning Biffers Recognized at School Board Meeting

Nine Biffers were recognized for their achievements by the Board of Education at their meeting June 2nd in the Bloomfield Hills High School auditorium. General Manager Pete Bowers took the podium to spotlight each Biff student before a large crowd in the auditorium and viewers watching the meeting online or on cable.

WBFH students recognized and the number of state and national awards they won include:

Evan Sacksner-8 state (4 1st Place), 8 national

Harrison Parker-7 state (3 1st Place), 7 national (1 1st Place)

Foster Stubbs-3 state, 9 national (3 1st Place)

Greg Margosian-4 state (1 1st Place), 4 national

Evan Brook-2 national (1 1st Place)

Not attending the meeting but recognized:

Andrew Brown-6 state (1 1st Place), 5 national including Best Student Manager

Jason Silverstone-5 state (1 1st Place), 6 national (1 1st Place)

Jonah Lopas-3 state, 6 national (2 1st Place)

Dylan Wittenberg-1 state (1 1st Place), 3 national (2 1st Place)

Assistant Manager/Technical Director/Program Director Ron Wittebols was thanked by Bowers for his assistance over the years with these award-winning students.

The 2016 Michigan High School Radio Station of the Year Award which was won by the students in May was on display for those to see. This was the second year in a row that WBFH students won Station of the Year and the tenth time in the last 14 years that the station has won that award. Bowers also noted that in March the station was a Finalist for Best High School Station in the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s national high school broadcasting competition.

Collectively, this group of Biffers won an impressive total of 24 state broadcasting awards and an equally impressive total of 36 national broadcasting awards.

Bowers said that in the 40 years WBFH has been on the air, this group of seniors is one of the most talented group of students the station has ever had. Bowers noted that he is qualified to make that statement due to the fact that he has been the manager of WBFH for all 40 years of it’s existance.

Bowers also put in a plug for School Board Member Paul Kolin’s radio show, PK Sports, which airs every Tuesday on the Biff at 3 p.m.

Bowers also made the announcement that the Biff is offering a summer radio camp for the first time EVER! Anyone interested in doing radio this summer can find information about it on the Recreation Department’s website https://www.digitalsignup.com/ClassDetail.aspx?code=E2e0Q9wUyPofFNxUddSvIPkXs4axyenDXeqndRWaCgpUqmaNj%2flg%2fNsfGaZLZ4Bi&SoftwareID=dVPhpmlzqNvRXuXGb2qRIg%3d%3d

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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.

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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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