Notable WBFH Grads

This page is dedicated to the students who once graced the Bloomfield airwaves on WBFH.  Here is what some of them are doing now in various fields of media.  I find out a lot about what alumni are doing on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Alumni…you can help me.  Send alumni news or corrections to pbowers@bloomfield.org.  Thanks!  PB

Notable WBFH Grads

(A=Andover, L=Lahser, Year of Graduation)

Note:  Within each heading, the list of WBFH alumni (“Once a Biffer, always a Biffer”) is in no particular order.  Send any corrections to pbowers@bloomfield.org.

Radio/Radio Sales/Mobile DJ

Scott Anderson (A-88):  Sports Talk Show Host, WXYT-FM 97.1 The Ticket, CBS Radio in Detroit.  His midday show is the number 1 rated show in Detroit for that time slot.

Alex Rusciano (A-04):  News Reporter at WCBU, 89.9 FM, Peoria, IL.  Past:  92.1 FM KRLS/1320 AM KNIA and 91.5 FM WBEZ; Chicago Public Radio.

Jake Neher (A-06):  State Capitol Reporter at Michigan Public Radio Network, Lansing, MI.  Past:  Reporter/Host, WFUV Public Radio, Bronx, NY;  News Director, KBRW, NPR station in Barrow, AK.

Nate Bender (L-03):  Recording Engineer, Board Op, WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit, MI.  Past:  Board Operator/Overnight DJ, CMU Public Radio, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Jennifer Green (L-08):  On-Air Personality on 94.9 FM (Party 934 Radio) Hudson Valley, NY/Chicago, IL.  Creator/Writer of Puff Green, a Chicago based music blog.

Martin Anthony (L-92):  Radio Personality, Board Operator, Promotions at Cumulus Media, Lansing, MI.  Air Personality, 99.1 WFMK-FM/97.5 WJIM-FM, East Lansing, MI.  Guest Services, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI.  Past:  Air Personality/Board Op 92.5 WJSZ-FM Krol Communications, Owosso, MI; Air Personality, 98WKCQ-FM MacDonald Broadcasting, Saginaw, MI.

Scott Taylor (L-89):  Senior Vice President/Publishers at Katz 360; Senior Vice President/Operations, Katz Radio Group, Greater Chicago Area.  Past:  WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Kevin Rich (A-03):  Local Sales Manager, Townsquare Media, Albany, NY.  Past:  Account Executive, CBS Radio, Seattle, WA; Account Manager, Citadel Broadcasting, Syracuse, NY; Play-by-Play Announcer, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Account Manager/On-Air DJ, 97.9 WRMF, West Palm Beach, FL; General Manager, WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Peter Starkel (A-87):  Air Personality, WNMC 90.7 Community Radio, Traverse City, MI.  Past:  General Manager, WGVU-FM, Grand Valley State University.

Gina (Ratliffe) DeVee (A-91):  Success Coach, ginadevee.com and Host, Divine Living Radio Talk Show (syndicated), Montecito, CA.

Michael Moritz (L-88):  Air personality on Radio Kampus 97.1 FM/internet in Poland and working in two sitcoms and a movie.  Teaching broadcasting at Warsaw University.  Past:  16 years at Radio PIN in Poland.

Paul Stewart (A-12):  General Manager, WLBN, Albion College Radio.  Owns mobile DJ company and does freelance recording.  Currently a student at Albion College.

Alex Scharg (A-10):  Sports Director, WDBM-FM 88.9, The Impact, at Michigan State University.  He will intern at ESPN, Detroit in the fall of 2013.  Currently attending MSU, Class of 2014.

Max Gun (A-11):  Student Announcer, The Big Ten Network, Lansing, MI.  Intern, WTKA Sports Talk 1050 AM, Ann Arbor, MI.  Currently attending MSU, Class of 2015.

Josh Loney (A-10):  Engineer, Spartan Sports Network, East Lansing, MI.  Currently attending MSU studying Film-Audio Production and Engineering, Class of 2014.

Daniel Ellman (A-01):  Copy Editor/Page Designer, Tribune Company, Chicago, IL.  Past:  Statistics Editor, Chicago Tribune Media Group; Broadcast Intern, Rockford Riverhawks, Loves Park, IL.  Morning News Producer, Chicago Public Media, Chicago, IL.

Dr. Sheri Fink (A-86):  Staff Reporter, ProPublica, a non-profit news organization.  She reports on health, medicine and science in such publications as the New York Times, Discover and Scientific American and on Public Radio International’s The World.  She received a Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for her story “The Deadly Choices at Memorial”.

Jon Miller (L-08):  Freelancer, SoaringKiteMedia, Detroit, MI.  Freelancer, The Social Connection, Ferndale, MI.  Past:  Promotions Director, WMHW Modern Rock 91.5, Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Promotions Intern/River Roadie, 93.9 The River, Detroit, MI.

Stuart Best (A-80):   Attorney, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A., Troy, MI.  Past:  Represented Detroit radio personality in contract negotiations and syndication deals.  Ran mobile DJ company on the side for over 20 years.

Jason Lee George (A-93):  Owner, United Productions, a professional event and entertainment services company including mobile DJ services, Keego Harbor, MI.

Scott Meach (A-86):  Founder, Second Ticket, a ticket resale marketplace, Atlanta, GA.  Past:  General Manager, WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Mitch Barratt (L-01):  Past:  Promotions Team Member (Intern), Greater Media Detroit, Detroit, MI.  Production Director, WMHW-FM Modern Rock 91.5, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Jackie Purtan (A-81):  Past:  Writer/Air Personality at WOMC-FM 104.3 (CBS) in Detroit, MI.

Nancy Reed O’Brien (A-84): National Sales Manager, Hubbard Broadcasting in Chicago. Past: General Sales Manager, Clear Channel Media. National Sales Director, Clear Channel Radio.

Wade Fink (A-07):  Past:  Reporter/Intern at 1130 AM WDFN, Detroit.  Intern for Sen. Carl Levin.

Michael Dorfman (A-89):  Owner/Partner, Attorney, Nykanen Dorfman PLLC, Farmington Hills, MI.  Past:  Produced Detroit Tiger radio broadcasts for 760, WJR, Detroit.  Also a WJR sports reporter.

Eric Burch (L-77):  Manager of Member Services at Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Indianapolis, IN.  Past:  WHNN-FM, WLNK-FM, KVOR-AM, WRAL-FM, KTAR Radio, KIMN/KYGO, Business Radio Network, Unistar Radio Network, Metro Networks, KTRH Radio, WASK (News Director), Lafayette, IN.

Drake Deitch (A-10):  Intern, Sports Media 101, www.sportsmedia101.com.

Kerstynn Davidson Glonke (A-97):  Past:  News Reporter/ Newscaster, WHMI 93.5 FM, Howell, MI.

Ashley Deacon Valles (A-99):  Past:  Account Manager, WOMC-FM 104.3, Detroit, MI.

Carla Black McCown:  Past:  Air Personality, KKMJ-FM Majic 95.5, Austin, TX.

TV/TV Sales/TV Executive/Video Production/Film Production/Web Video

Larry Barron (L-83):  Executive Producer, FremantleMedia, Los Angeles.  Past: UPN, Vice President, Alternative Programs; FOX, Co-Executive Producer, “Paradise Hotel”; UPN, Network Consultant, “America’s Next Top Model”; CBS, Show Producer, “The Amazing Race”; General Manager, WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

JoAnne Purtan (A-87):  Anchor, Consumer Reporter, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit.  Past:  Anchor/Reporter, WRGB TV, Albany, NY.  Nominated for over 12 Emmy Awards, she won an Emmy in 2011 for a story she did on her father, radio personality Dick Purtan.  She won the Emmy for Best News Anchor in June, 2013.

Heather Catallo (A-94):  Investigative Reporter, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit.  Heather has won five Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for Best Reporter.  She has won the MAB Reporter of the Year for 2007, 2009 and 2010.  Past:  Reporter at TV stations in Syracuse, NY, and Spokane, WA.

Ric Blackwell (A-82):  Owner, Ric Blackwell Productions, a video production company, Jupiter, FL.  Past:  Anchor/Reporter (24 years), WPEC-TV CBS12, West Palm Beach; Anchor/Reporter, WINK-TV, CBS, Fort Myers, FL.

Jason Horowitz (A-01):  On Air Talent/Producer, CBSSports.com, NY, NY.  Anchor, Westwood One, New York.  Air Talent, SiriusXM College Sports Nation.  Past:  Host of Aeropostale College Basketball Weekly, Host of MSGNY, and New York Liberty Play-by-Play announcer, all at Madison Square Garden.

Richard Isakow (A-01):  Producer, MLB Network, Secaucus, NJ.  Past:  Associate Producer, CBS College Sports, New York, NY; Tape Producer at The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNBC, New York, NY.

Sid Eschleman (A-85):  Senior Vice President, Brand Revenue & Account Management, Turner Network Sales, Turner Broadcasting System, Atlanta, GA.  Past:  Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Turner Network Sales; Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, AMC Networks; Affiliate Sales, Discovery Network.

Arturo Santiago (A-83):  Freelance Report, NBC Bay Area, California.  Past:  Managing Editor/News Anchor, KCOY Channel 12, Santa Maria, CA; Anchor/Reporter, CBS4, Denver, CO; Reporter/Anchor, King 5 TV, Seattle, WA; Reporter, WEYI-TV Channel 25, Saginaw, MI; News Reporter, WPHM-AM 1380, Port Huron, MI.

Ron Terrell (A-90):  News Anchor, FOX23 News Daybreak, Tulsa, OK.

Dan Bree (A-89):  Series Producer, Part2 Pictures (produced and written more than 50 hours of television for the National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet).  Past:  Powderhouse Productions; Hoff Productions; Scient; Indigo Films.

Guy Cacciarelli (A-87):  Vice President, Content Distribution, Madison Square Garden Media, Greater Los Angeles Area, CA.  Past:  MTV Networks; WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Randy Eisenberg (A-89):  Writer, CBS in New York.  Past:  Writer, Comedy Central.

Marissa Boyajian (L-04):  Executive Assistant to the Chairman of NBC Sports Dick Ebersol, New York City; Past:  Programming Coordinator, Executive Assistant to the President of the Network, Bravo Cable Channel, New York City.

Brent Hatchett (L-05):  Account Executive, New Age Media (FOX 49 and The CW), Tallahassee, FL.  Past:  News Anchor, WCJB TV-20, Tallahassee, FL.

George Tunis (A-06):  C.E.O., A2A Productions, L.L.C., Van Nuys, CA.  A2A Productions create, develop, and produce film and television of many different genres.

Jeff Rogers (A-89):  Owner, RogersReel Productions, Laguna Hills, CA.  His video production company does everything from script to screen in any format.

Mike Lynn (A-85):  President, Black Jewel Films, LLC, Beverly Hills, CA.  President, Stage 9 Productions, Inc.  Actor, member of AFTRA.

Alex Osten (A-11):  Production Intern, Inside Edition (CBS), New York.  Currently attending Pace University (Class of 2015) in New York City.

Dave Eicher (L-82):  Manager, Program Source International, a creative multi-media production company featuring videography, editing and duplication, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Vickie (Chandler) Hurst (A-84):  Digital Media Services Coordinator, BHS-TV, Bloomfield Hills School District, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Michael Chait (A-02):  Commercial/Film/Music Video Director, michaelbchait.com/TMU Pictures LLC, West Bloomfield, MI.  Past:  Assistant Cinematics Director, Midway Games, Chicago, IL.

Dominic Cianciolo (L-87):  Cinematic Director, Netherrealm Studios (formerly Midway Games), Chicago, writing and directing in-game cinematics for Mortal Kombat and the recently-released Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Andy Hecht (A-93):  Producer, NFL Network, Los Angeles.  Past:  Sports Producer at WPVI-TV, Philadelphia and at WKBD, Detroit; Air talent, WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Jennifer Purtan (A-79):  Past:  Vice President of Sales, CBS Television, WWJ-TV & WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI.

Alex Zolbert (A-94):  Past:  CNN International, Hong Kong; WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Kristin Kane Novacek (A): Present: Early Morning Anchor of WXIN’s “Fox 59 Morning News” in Indianapolis, IN.

Bryan Brown (A-13): Anchor, Beaumont Bulletin (news program at Michigan State University), search Beaumont Bulletin on YouTube.

TV/Cable TV/Author

Rob Simpson (A-82):  Author of three hockey books:  The Winged Wheel, A Half-Century of the Detroit Red Wings in Photographs; Between the LinesNot-So-Tall Tales from Ray “Scampy” Scapinello’s Four Decades in the NHL; and Black and GoldFour Decades of the Boston Bruins in Photographs.  Past:  Reporter/Analyst for NESN-TV, Boston; TV Reporter for TV station in Hawaii.

Wendy Shanker (A-89):  Author of The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life.  She has written pieces for numerous magazines and MTV.  She was also a scriptwriter for awards shows.

Public Relations/Advertising/Marketing/Web Media/Promotions/Social Media

Matt Friedman (A-90):  Co-Owner, Tanner Friedman, Farmington Hills, Public Relations firm.  Past:  Marx Layne, Detroit, Marketing and Public Relations firm; WDIV-TV Detroit, News Producer; WKMG-TV Orlando, News Producer; WSBTV, Atlanta, News Writer/Producer; WWJ-AM Detroit, Various News/Sports Roles; WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Michele Conner (A-86):  Senior Producer, Leo Burnett (advertising), Detroit, MI.  Freelance Producer at Freelancer;   Past:  Doner and GlobalHue (advertising companies).

Jeff Lutz (A-02):  PR Director, Overit Media, Albany, NY.  Past:  Senior Account Executive, Airfoil PR, Southfield, MI.

Leroy Williams (L-86):  Vice President-Marketing and Sales Operations, Verizon Wireless, Alpharetta, GA.  Lead Verizon’s global music and media business partnerships including those with labels, content studios and music apps like Pandora, Red Box and Slacker.

Dave Galens (A-82):  Creative Director, Big Communications, Ferndale, MI.

Ryan Fishman (A-06):  Vice President, Strategic Consultation, Steward Media, West Bloomfield, MI.  Past:  Talk Show Host, WSYR 570 AM, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Syracuse, NY; WJPZ, Syracuse, NY.

Jeff Lawson (A-95):  CEO & Cofounder of Twilio, a company that empowers developers to build powerful communications.  Past:  Product Manager for Amazon Web Services.  Founder executive roles for NineStar, Stubhub.com and Versity.com.

Rob Daitch (A-98):  Associate Strategy Director, p h .d, New York, New York.  Past:  Media Supervisor, Mullen Advertising & PR; Sr. Media Planner, Doner, Detroit.

Mark Campbell (A-94):  Owner-Operator, Turtle Street Photography, Oak Park, MI.  Past:  Producer, Doner (Advertising), Southfield, MI.

Pat Cooke (A-03):  Director of Customer Service, National Communication Corporation, Troy, MI.  Webmaster, Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Daniel Muskovitz (A-04):  Works for Google, Chicago, IL.  Past:  AdWords Account Associate, Google, Ann Arbor, MI.

Jeff Greenfield (A-91):  Vice President, Marketing and Operations, Data Boutique, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Past:  Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Potamkin Management Group.

Frank Novak (A-99):  Promotions Coordinator, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI.

Robyn Berkowitz (A-04):  Director of Engagement & Campus Initiatives, MSU Hillel, East Lansing, MI.

Dan Lippitt (A-88):  Photographer at Dan Lippitt Photography, Detroit, MI.  Detroit Pistons Team Photographer.  Past:  Photographer at The Palace of Auburn Hills and Adrenaline Games Alliance.

Chad Shepard (L-10):  Intern, University of Michigan Athletic Department, Office of Media and Public Relations.  Feature writer on Athletic Department website, MGoBlue.com.  Currently attending the University of Michigan, Class of 2014.

Justin Yorke (A-01):  Technical Account Manager, Valve, Bellevue, WA.  Valve produces award-winning games, leading edge technologies and a ground-breaking social entertainment platform.  Past:  Software Design Engineer at Microsoft and Amazon.com.

Nick Shlain (A-08):  Fantasy Sports Writer, Rotowire.com, the premium source for fantasy sports.  Is heard on Sirius/XM’s Fantasy Sports Radio, Sirius channel 210, XM channel 87.

Mike Tully (A-08):  Freelance Graphic Designer (graphic design, web design, interactive design, video production), New York City.

Media Educator

Paul Gaba (L-82):  Debate, Speech & Film Teacher, Wellington High School, Wellington, FL.  Past:  Reporter and Photographer for The Detroit News, Ogemaw County Herald, and The Marshall Chronicle.  Technical Coordinator, WWJ Newsradio 950, Detroit, MI.  Assistant Manager, WBFH-FM 88.1, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

David Stein (A-81):  Middle School Theatre and Video Production Teacher, American School of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.

Performing Artists/Music Production/Entertainment Representation

Stephanie Krawiec (aka Stephanie K)(L-04):  Singer/Songwriter whose songs can be found on iTunes, she was awarded 1st Prize in the 14th Annual Great American Song Contest in early 2013.  In 2012, she won the award for “National Vocal Performer of the Year” at the 22nd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards.  She has sung the National Anthem at numerous events, especially Piston’s games.  Details at www.StephanieKMusic.com.

Corey Berkowitz (A-08):  A&R (Artist and Repertoire) at Arthouse Entertainment, a music publishing and management company founded by Kara DioGuardi, Los Angeles:  www.arthouseent.com.

Marcellus Long (L-04):  Singer/Songwriter who attended the Berklee College of Music, the world’s top contemporary music institution.  Recently, he performed the National Anthem before a Lakers game at the Staples Center in front of 19,000 basketball fans (video on YouTube).  Details at www.marcelluslong.com.

Mark Kovinsky (A-83):  President, Mark L. Kovinsky, a Professional Corporation, Los Angeles, CA.  Mark is an entertainment attorney whose practice focuses on the representation of talent and institutional clients in the music industry.  Such clients include Grammy-winning recording artists like Michael Buble, Babyface, Mana and Ricardo Arjona as well as songwriters, record producers, personal managers, music business executives, record companies, music publishers and other individuals and companies that finance, produce, distribute, advertise and sell music.
Note:  Fourteen WBFH students have been accepted and attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, Syracuse NY.  Newhouse has been ranked as the top broadcast/journalism school in the nation.