September 6, 2014
Every year in March, WBT AM/FM Host John Hancock has a special broadcast celebrating Father’s Day.
It’s not the traditional holiday in June, but one sparked by the passing of his father, where listeners call in honoring and remembering their fathers.
For nearly 20 years, on or around March 16, Hancock opens the phones and listeners share their stories.
For the second year, the weekend of the broadcast, WBT AM/FM held John Hancock’s Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, a morning filled with fathers and their sons, daughters and family, with the proceeds to benefit the Charlotte Men’s Shelter.
Listeners enjoyed pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice for their donation. Hosted at a local church and staffed by area Boy Scouts, the breakfast raised more than $2,000 and provided the shelter with 10 brand-new pairs of work boots. Listeners not only enjoyed the company of the WBT AM/FM hosts but also that of Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera.
September 5, 2014
When you ask someone at Greater Media Detroit if they know Tom Mazawey, it’s very likely the first thing they will utter will be something like “Tom … he’s the nicest guy in the world.” That description is right on the mark.
Tom Mazawey joined Greater Media Detroit in 2013 for the launch of Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, and his impact is felt on a daily basis. His passion for sports and great broadcasting is contagious.
A native of New Jersey, Tom grew up listening to and loving radio, especially WABC-FM in New York City. As fate would have it, in ’93 he and his wife Kathy moved to Michigan. It was then that “Maz” decided he wanted to really give radio a try. He enrolled in Specs Howard Broadcasting School and landed an internship at WJR-AM with Mitch Albom. Maz had found his calling, going on to become the go-to sports reporter at the station.
It was Detroit Sports 105.1 FM’s luck when Maz joined our team as Executive Producer and Host. On its first day on the air, Maz helped the station land its first scoop. Maz continues to be a part of breaking many important sports stories for the station.
This year Maz was a part of the station’s live broadcast from the Super Bowl in his home state. He shared with us what a thrill it was to be there, covering the excitement surrounding the game. It was at those broadcasts where they broke yet another story. Actress Jennifer Garner stopped by the broadcast and let it slip that she and husband Ben Affleck would be in Detroit this summer while Affleck shoots the Batman-Superman movie. Maz was thrilled that the story got picked up by multiple news outlets.
Three of the reasons that may motivate Maz to be “the nicest broadcaster” in the business are his daughters Lili, Abby and Maddi. His passion for sports and radio are wonderful examples not only for his children but for all of us.
What makes Maz, well, Maz? Perhaps it can be summed up with this insight he shared: “It’s great to be a part of something [Detroit Sports 105.1 FM] so special. I really am living my dream.”
We’re grateful that Tom Mazawey is part of the Detroit Sports 105.1 FM team and for all he does to make Greater Media great every day.