Pete Bowers was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business in a Guest Blog written by Matt Friedman, a former student who graduated from Andover High School in 1990. Matt Friedman is co-founder of Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications in Farmington Hills and an alumnus of WBFH-FM where he started his media career when he was only 11 years old. Bowers is retiring from his career as WBFH General Manager and electronic media teacher after serving 41 years. Friedman reflects on his experiences working with Bowers and the lesson we can learn from an educator who is worthy of celebration. Link to blog: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170618/BLOG200/170619897/retiring-educator-said-yes-to-career-minded-young-people?profileid=26566&view=homepage
WBFH General Manager Pete Bowers is retiring after 41 years of service to the school district as manager of the radio station and teacher of the electronic media classes. A celebration of his career was held at Andiamo’s Restaurant June 3rd at noon. Superintendent Rob Glass gave opening remarks followed by School Board President Ingrid Day, School Board Member Paul Kolin, Principal Charlie Hollerith and WBFH Technical Director Ron Wittebols. Attending WBFH alumni also were able to comment on their experiences working with Bowers when they were in high school and the effect he has had on their lives. Some alumni came from Florida, Georgia and Virginia to attend the celebration. Bowers then took the podium to recap his career and entertain the attendees with a string of Bowersisms and attempts at humor. At the end of his speech, he passed the torch to Wittebols, said adios and dropped the mic. Hollerith, Glass and Day took the podium to announce that the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education is dedicating the WBFH On Air Studio to be named “Pete Bowers On Air Studio” in honor of Bowers for his 41 years of outstanding service and leadership to the Radio Program and the District. The studio dedication ceremony will take place in September. Wittebols concluded the celebration with the playing of the song “Thank you for Being a Friend” which was traditionally aired after each WBFH radio-a-thon.
The event can be found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Xwf6O0maTx4.
Front row: Pete Bowers, Ed Borus, Michele Conner, Heather Monk. Second row: Scott Meach, Joan Dodge, Heather Catallo, Chris Hill, Stuart Best, Matt Friedman, Paul Gaba, Scott Anderson, Wendy Shanker, Ron Wittebols. Claudia Bowers, Pete Bowers, Heather Catallo. Ron Wittebols. Ingrid Day Charlie Hollerith. Ed Borus L-83). Paul Gaba (L-82). Kenny Eaton (BHHS-2019). Scott Anderson (A-88). Wendy Shanker (A-89). Heather Catallo. Pete Bowers. With his antique school bell. With his Jesus action figure. With his first radio from the 60’s. Passing the torch. Pete Bowers in on air studio, 1976.
WBFH, also known as The Biff, began broadcasting its 41st Annual Biffstock pledge drive at 8 a.m. April 26th, and continued until 9 p.m. Biff radio students were collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses.
“The Pledge Drive is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations” said Pledge Drive Co-Chairs Kaylie Brooks and LaRhonda Richardson. All 18 Biff students from Bloomfield Hills High School were scheduled for a one-hour shifts during the total of 13 hours of live programming that day. Listeners can follow the station on Twitter (@TheBiff881), on Facebook (WBFH 88.1, The Biff) and on Instagram (thebiff881).
Those who donate receive donor announcements aired on the station and their names listed on the station website. Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH or clicking on the Donate Now link on the station’s website.
The pledge drive will air on the same day as the 6th Annual National High School Radio Day which is a nationwide celebration of high school radio station in the United States. More information about High School Radio Day can be found at highschoolradioday.com.
The Biff can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial, online at wbfh.fm and on the free Biff Radio app. The community radio station is supervised by the WBFH management team of General Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols.
WBFH has been honored with both national and state recognition numerous times in its 40 years of broadcasting. The Biff has won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station in a national competition six times and has been named the Michigan High School Radio Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters ten times.
A nationwide celebration of high school radio happened April 26th as the 6th Annual High School Radio Day went viral. The Biff is the flagship station for the event since WBFH General Manager Pete Bowers was the founder of High School Radio Day. Details for the event can be found at www.highschoolradioday.com.
Senior LaRhonda Richardson and Junior Imanni Wright were two of the student broadcasters in the state selected to participate in the MHSAA School Broadcast Program. They attended a special seminar at the Breslin Center in East Lansing March 24th and were able to call the state semifinal boys basketball game between Clarkston and West Bloomfield. Wright was interviewed for the State Champs show by host Kiara. Then they toured the broadcast/video facilities (SpartanVision) in the Breslin Arena and the Fox Sports Detroit production studios. General Manager Pete Bowers also attended the seminar and tour as well as engineering the broadcast of the game. Link to video:
Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won one first place award and two second place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 8, 2017 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
The MABF received entries from 38 schools for their annual Michigan Student Broadcast Awards competition. Winners from WBFH are:
Senior Dylan Wittenberg won two awards: 1st Place, Promotional Announcement (with Max Wittenberg); 2nd Place, Sports Play-By-Play.
Senior Elias Khoury won one award: 2nd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Dean Hysni).
Junior Dean Hysni won one award: 2nd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Elias Khoury).
Sophomore Max Wittenberg won one award: 1st Place, Promotional Announcement (with Dylan Wittenberg).
The WBFH management team of General Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students. “I’m so proud of the students who won awards at the ceremony today.” 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 on the FM dial, online at wbfh.fm and on the free Biff Radio app.
New to the WBFH program schedule this year is the Middle School Spotlight Show which features students from the district’s three middle schools grades 6-8. Students from East Hills Middle School, Bloomfield Middle School and West Hills Middle School go on the air playing music and talking current events during selected 5-7 p.m. time slots. The coordinator and engineer for the Middle School Spotlight Shows is Assistant Manager/Program Director Ron Wittebols. Any BHSD middle school student who would like to participate in this program should connect with Mr. Wittebols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Manager Pete Bowers took two Biff students on a field trip November 18th to the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference held at the Eagle Eye Conference Center. Antinae Smith and Dean Hysni attended the sessions at the conference and then went with Mr. Bowers to the campus of Michigan State University for tours of the broadcasting facilities in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building as well as a tour of the student campus radio station WDBM in Holden Hall.
WKAR is part of Michigan State University Broadcasting Services, a division of MSU Communication Arts & Sciences. It includes WKAR-TV, WKAR Radio, WKAR.org, Radio Reading Service, WKAR Ready To Learn Service and Interactive Video Services.The mission of MSU Broadcasting Services is to connect people to powerful ideas that inspire personal growth, exploration of our world and positive change.It’s a mission carried out every day by talented and dedicated individuals with expertise ranging across news reporting, electrical engineering, media production, graphic arts, bookkeeping, videography, audio recording and much more. MSU Broadcasting Services touches the lives of more than a half-million mid-Michigan residents each week, and shapes the educational experience of Michigan State University’s 40,000-plus student body. MSU Broadcasting Services is part of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and is headquartered with offices and studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building on the southwest part of the MSU Campus.
Impact has a long history of being one of the nation’s largest college radio stations and is currently one of the largest in the country with over 300 students working or volunteering at the student-run media outlet broadcasting from the campus of Michigan State University (Holden Hall) in East Lansing, Michigan.
WDBM-FM (88.9 FM), is the successor to the Michigan State Network, which in the 1970s was the nation’s largest college carrier current radio network, and had studios in numerous MSU dormitories across campus. The Network was eventually consolidated to one carrier current station, WLFT (“The Left”), which broadcasted from the former WKAR-FM public radio studios on the third floor of the MSU Auditorium Building which would become the first home of WDBM.
The Biff did a live broadcast of the playoff game between the Black Hawks and the West Bloomfield Lakers October 28th. Calling the game was Paul Kolin, Vaibhav Velagapudi and Bill Good. The pregame broadcast featured a special guest in 97.1 The Ticket Air Personality Scott Anderson. Known as Gator, Scott is the co-host of the top rated midday radio show Karsch and Anderson. An Andover Class of 1988 grad, Gator started his broadcasting career in high school on WBFH, the Biff!
Former Biffer Arianna Quan represented the Great Lake State as Miss Michigan in the 96th Miss America Pageant held September 11 in Atlantic City. She is an Andover Class of 2011 grad who worked at the Biff for two years when she was in high school. She won the Miss Michigan pageant several months ago. Congrats Ari!