State and National Awards

WBFH is proud of its state and national broadcast awards:

John Drury High School Radio Awards (national competition sponsored by North Central College, Naperville, Illinois)

  • 2015: 1st Place (tie), Best High School Radio Station
  • 2014: 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station
  • 2012: 2nd Place, Best High School Radio Station
  • 2010: 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station
  • 2009: 2nd Place, Best High School Radio Station
  • 2008: 1st Place (tie), Best High School Radio Station
  • 2007: 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station
  • 2006: 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station
  • 2005: 3rd Place, Best High School Radio Station

Mr. Pete Bowers: John Drury High School Radio Awards (national competition sponsored by North Central College, Naperville, Illinois)

  • 2011: Best Radio Station Advisor
  • 2005: Best Radio Station Advisor
  • 2004: 2nd Place, Best Radio Station Advisor

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation

  • 2016: High School Station of the Year
  • 2015: High School Station of the Year
  • 2013: High School Station of the Year
  • 2011: High School Station of the Year
  • 2010: High School Station of the Year
  • 2008: High School Station of the Year
  • 2007: 1st in the State: More awards than any other school in Michigan
  • 2006: High School Station of the Year
  • 2005: High School Station of the Year
  • 2004: High School Station of the Year (tie)
  • 2003: High School Station of the Year

Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) 76th Annual International Radio and Webcasting Conference/National High School Radio Awards, March 2016: 21 total awards (four 1st Place) including Finalist for Best High School Station in the nation. Pete Bowers was Finalist for Best Adviser and Andrew Brown was Finalist for Best Student Manager.

Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (MAEB)

  • 2003: High School Station of the Year
  • 1995: High School Station of the Year
  • 1990: High School Station of the Year
Note:  MAEB has folded and does not present awards to students or stations anymore.

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.

Biffers Win 21 National High School Broadcasting Awards at IBS Conference in New York City

Biff radio students and faculty won a total of 21 national high school radio awards at the 76th Annual International Radio and Webcasting Conference sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) held in the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City March 4-6, 2016. WBFH was named a Finalist in the Best High School Radio Station category, putting the Biff as one of the top four high school stations in this national competition. Link to Biff award winners HERE.

2015 John Drury High School Radio Award Winners

Eleven Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won a total of 21 awards in nine categories at the 12th Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held November 7, 2015 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.  Based on the number of award winners, WBFH tied for 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station with WLTL from LaGrange, Illinois.   It was the sixth time in the last 11 years that WBFH had won or tied for Best High School Radio Station in the nation.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting.  These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury.  The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.

Eleven BIFF students were nominated for 21 awards, 43% of all the awards given out and the most of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won three 1st Place awards; four 2nd Place awards, six 3rd Place awards and eight Finalist awards (top five in the nation):

Best Newscast, 1st Place:  Evan Brook

Best Public Affairs Program, 1st Place:  Jonah Lopas and Jason Silverston

Best Sportstalk Program, 1st Place: Jonah Lopas and Brock Appleby

Best News Feature Story, 2nd Place: Jaron Kirshenbaum

Best Sportscast, 2nd Place:  Foster Stubbs

Best Promo, 2nd Place:  Evan Sacksner

Best Public Service Announcement, 2nd Place:  Kent Davis

Best Newscast, 3rd Place:  Jaron Kirshenbaum

Best News Feature Story, 3rd Place: Evan Brook

Best Public Affairs Program, 3rd Place:  Evan Sacksner

Best Promo, 3rd Place:  Kent Davis

Best Sportstalk Program, 3rd Place:  Jonah Lopas and Jason Silverstone

Best Radio Drama-Adaptation, 3rd Place: Kent Davis

Finalist, Best Newscast: Harrison Parker

Finalist, Best Public Affairs Program:  Brock Appleby

Finalist, Best Sports Play-By-Play: Dylan Wittenberg and Foster Stubbs

Finalist, Best Sports Play-By-Play:  Jonah Lopas and Jason Silverstone

Finalist, Best Sportscast:  Jonah Lopas

Finalist, Best Sportscast:  Foster Stubbs

Finalist, Best PSA:  Jonah Lopas and Foster Stubbs

Finalist, Best PSA:  Jason Silverstone, Evan Sacksner and Mitchell Salhaney

The Best High School Radio Station award was presented to the WBFH management team consisting of General Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols.

WWPT from Westport, Connecticut took 3rd Place in the best station competition.

“I congratulate all the winners and finalists,” said Bowers.  “I’m very proud of our students who won and for WBFH picking up another Best High School Radio Station Award.”

Five BIFF students made the trip to Naperville for the awards ceremony: Andrew Brown, Evan Sacksner, Greg Margosian, Foster Stubbs and Jonah Lopas. Lopas had the most awards of any student with 6. Stubbs and Silverstone had the second most with 4 each.

First place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

2015 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Award Winners 

The MABF received 392 entries from 23 high schools for their annual Michigan Student Broadcast Awards competition. WBFH students won 14 of the 23 (60%) awards given out in the high school radio division and won the 2015 Michigan High School Radio Station of the Year Award.

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 two awards: 1st Place, Current Events Program; 1st Place, Digital Media Experience (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.

 

2014 John Drury High School Radio Award Winners

Thirteen WBFH students won 13 national broadcasting awards at the 11th Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held at North Central College in Naperville, IL, May 3rd. WBFH students won five 1st Place awards, one 2nd Place award, three 3rd Place awards and five Finalists awards. WBFH won the Best High School Station Award for the fifth time. Station Manager Pete Bowers, Assistant Manager Ron Wittebols, Junior Brock Appleby and Andy Appleby attended the awards ceremony.

Here are the results in the order they were presented:

Best News Feature 2nd Place: Eric Bloom (Education Investments)

Best News Feature 3rd Place: Ben Beltser (Greening Auto Industry)

Best Promo 1st Place: Sean Shepard, Mark Stewart, Eric Bloom (Sean Kingston)

Best Sports Play by Play 3rd Place: Michael Blumenthal, Sean Shepard, Marcus Boyd (Volleyball Pink Out)

Best Sportstalk Program 1st Place: Michael Blumenthal, Sean Shepard, Brock Appleby (LKS with Jim Schwartz)

Best Sportscast 1st Place: Brock Appleby, Jaron Kirshenbaum (Sportscast)

Best PSA 1st Place: Eric Bloom, Bryan Furlong, Sean Shepard (MHSAA Announcer)

Best PSA 3rd Place: Bryan Brown (League of Women Voters)

Best High School Station: WBFH-1st Place! WLTL (LaGrange IL)-2nd Place, WWPT (Westport CT)-3rd Place

Finalists (Top 5 in nation)

Brandon Steingold-Best News Feature (Mich. Organic Apples)

Mark Stewart-Best Promo (Synergy)

Danny Harwood, Marcus Boyd-Best Sportstalk Program (Harwood and Boyd)

Mazen Hasan-Best PSA (Hurricane Sandy) Mark Stewart, Paul Stewart-Best PSA (Know Before You Go)

WLTL from LaGrange, Illinois and WWPT from Westport, Connecticut took 2nd and 3rd Place in the Best Station competition.

“I congratulate all the winners and nominees,” said Bowers. “I’m very proud of our students who won and for WBFH picking up our fifth Best High School Radio Station award.”

WBFH won Best Station previously in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. The station won Best Station 2nd Place in 2012 and 2009 and Best Station 3rd Place in 2004.

First place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

2014 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Award Winners 

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won one first place award, three second place awards and five third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The MABF received 578 entries from 19 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won nine of the 24 awards given out in the high school radio division, the second most awards of any school in the state:

Junior Jaron Kirshenbaum won two awards: 1st Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature; 3rd Place, MHSAA Sports PSA.

Senior Winston Parker won two awards: 3rd Place, Air Check; 3rd Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program.

Sophomore Andrew Brown won two awards: 2nd Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Harrison Parker); 3rd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature (with Evan Sacksner).

Sophomore Harrison Parker won two awards: 2nd Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Andrew Brown); 3rd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Kent Davis).

Senior Dylan Deitch won one award: 2nd Place, Talk Show (with Brock Appleby).

Junior Brock Appleby won one award: 2nd Place, Talk Show (with Dylan Deitch).

Sophomore Jonah Lopas won one award: 2nd Place, MHSAA Sports PSA.

Sophomore Evan Sacksner won one award:  3rd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature (with Andrew Brown).

Junior Kent Daviswon one award: 3rd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Harrison Parker).

Winston Parker won three awards last year. Combined with his two awards this year, he has won a total of five state broadcasting awards. Kirshenbaum also won one award last year. Seven of the nine award winners were first-time winners in this state competition: Deitch, Appleby, Lopas, Brown, Sacksner, Davis and Harrison Parker.

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students. “Only two of our nine 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.

A complete list of high school and college award winners in all categories can be found at http://www.michmab.com/MABF/MichiganStudentBroadcastAwards/2014StudentAwardWinners.

The featured speaker for the Student Broadcast Awards Luncheon was Mason, legendary Detroit radio personality who is currently the morning show host on 105.9 Kiss-FM and the NBA arena announcer for the Detroit Pistons.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm. The station can also be heard on the Biff Radio app.

2013 Award Winners

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won seven first place awards, four second place awards and six third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 13, 2013 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The MABF received 625 entries from 33 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won 17 of the 27 awards given out in the high school radio division. Based on the number of awards won, WBFH was named the 2013 High School Station of the Year, the eighth time in the last eleven years the station has won that honor.

Award winners include:

Andover senior Eric Bloom won six awards (four of them 1st Place): 1st Place, DJ Air Check; 1st Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Bryan Furlong); 1st Place, Public Service Announcement; 1st Place, Promotional Announcement (with Mark Stewart and Sean Shepard); 2nd Place, MHSAA Sports PSA (with Bryan Furlong and Sean Shepard); 3rd Place, Sports Play-by-Play (with Bryan Furlong).

Lahser senior Sean Shepard won four awards: 1st Place, Talk Show (with Michael Blumenthal and Brock Appleby); 1st Place, Promotional Announcement (with Mark Stewart and Eric Bloom); 2nd Place: MHSAA Sports PSA (with Bryan Furlong and Eric Bloom); 2nd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Mark Stewart and Bryan Furlong).

Andover senior Bryan Furlong won four awards: 1st Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Eric Bloom); 2nd Place: MHSAA Sports PSA (with Eric Bloom and Sean Shepard); 2nd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Mark Stewart and Sean Shepard); 3rd Place, Sports Play-by-Play (with Eric Bloom).

Lahser senior Michael Blumenthal won three awards: 1st Place, Talk Show (with Sean Shepard and Brock Appleby); 1st Place, Station Activities Report (with Adam Kurtagh); 3rd Place, MHSAA Sports PSA (with Brock Appleby and Jaron Kirshenbaum).

Andover junior Winston Parker won three awards: 2nd Place, DJ Aircheck (with Bryan Brown); 3rd Place: Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Danny Harwood); 3rd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Bryan Brown).

Andover junior Mark Stewart won two awards: 1st Place, Promotional Announcement (with Eric Bloom and Sean Shepard); 2nd Place: Promotional Announcement (with Sean Shepard and Bryan Furlong).

Andover sophomore Brock Appleby won two awards: 1st Place, Talk Show (with Michael Blumenthal and Sean Shepard); 3rd Place, MHSAA Sports PSA (with Jaron Kirshenbaum and Michael Blumenthal).

Andover senior Bryan Brown won two awards: 2nd Place, DJ Air Check; 3rd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Winston Parker).

Andover senior Danny Harwood won two awards: 3rd Place, Talk Show; 3rd Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Winston Parker).

Andover senior Tyler Kieft won one award: 1st Place, MHSAA Sports PSA.

Andover senior Adam Kurtagh won one award: 1st Place, Station Activities Report (with Michael Blumenthal).

Andover senior Ben Beltser won one award: 2nd Place, Talk Show (with Dylan Deitch).

Andover junior Dylan Deitch won one award: 2nd Place, Talk Show (with Ben Beltser).

Andover sophomore Jaron Kirshenbaum won one award: 3rd Place, MHSAA Sports PSA (with Brock Appleby and Michael Blumenthal).

Andover senior Alexander Madias won one award: 3rd Place, DJ Air Check.

Andover senior Marcus Boyd won one award: 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Danny Harwood).

Bloom, Parker, Madias, Furlong, Harwood, Blumenthal and Shepard won MABF awards last year. Brown, Appleby, Beltser, Deitch, Boyd, Kieft, Kirshenbaum, Stewart and Kurtagh are all first-time MABF award winners.

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 all the Biff students who won awards, especially those who won for the first time” said Bowers.

Subject to Change Comedian (2nd Place Promo) // Evan Sacksner - 2015 John Drury Award Winners
  1. Subject to Change Comedian (2nd Place Promo) // Evan Sacksner - 2015 John Drury Award Winners
  2. Selective Service (Honorable Mention PSA) // Jason Silverstone, Evan Sacksner, Mitchell Salhaney - 2015 John Drury Award Winners
  3. Parental Sportsmanship (3rd Place PSA) // Kent Davis - 2015 John Drury Award Winners
  4. Music Program Cuts (3rd Place Newscast) // Jaron Kirshenbaum - 2015 John Drury Award Winners
  5. Internet (3rd Place Promo) // Kent Davis - 2015 John Drury Award Winners
  6. High School Radio Day (Honorable Mention PSA) // Jonah Lopas, Foster Stubbs - 2015 John Drury Award Winners
  7. Congress Gets an “F” on Climate Change (3rd Place News Feature) // Evan Brook - 2015 John Drury Award Winners