Terry Foster, noted sports broadcaster and writer in Michigan, has been named president of Detroit Sports Media Association, succeeding Jennifer Hammond. Foster leads up an organization that traces its roots to 1948 when founder Ty Tyson created the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
Joining Foster on the DSMA 2022 Executive Board are Bobby Keyes, Vice President; John Topping, Treasurer; Robin Hilliker, Director of Sponsorships; Stephanie Gobie, Director of Communications; Eddie Jones, Director of Digital Communications and Steve Cole, Director.
“The name of our charity is Detroit Sports Media Association. It is time for our group to be reflective of the name,” says Foster. “One of my goals is to bring our print media brothers and sisters to the fold.
“We must bridge the gap we have between electronic media and print media. We are all in this together and Detroit Sports Media Association should be a shining light to eliminate our differences.”
Foster was born and raised in Detroit and is a graduate of Detroit Cass Technical High School and Central Michigan University. His writing career started with the Grand Rapids Press and included a lengthy time at the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. Among many assignments, he was a beat writer covering the Detroit Pistons and the National Basketball Association, and a columnist.
“When we were young and did not know the difference between a stand up and a deadline, somebody reached out and guided us toward our career goals. We must do the same.
“The DSMA does a wonderful job in providing scholarships to students in need. I want us to lift up and push our students in the right direction.”
Foster presently hosts a popular sports podcast as well as working with students at the Detroit Police Athletic League; mentoring them in podcasting, radio and sports journalism.
He issued a challenge to current and prospective DSMA members: “I will call on you to help by participating in Saturday morning lectures and in mentoring students.”
Foster hosted sports talk shows on WDFN-AM 1130 (1996-2002) and WXYT-1270 AM and 97.1 FM The Ticket (2003-2017). He was co-host of the popular afternoon drive “Valenti and Foster Show” until stepping aside to deal with health concerns.
Foster wrote a book called 100 Things Tiger Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. He also co-wrote The Great Detroit Sports Debate with fellow Detroit sports writer Drew Sharp.
The DSMA made the announcement on February 9.