Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Presents its 2011 Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award to Fox Run Resident John Fountain

DETROIT SPORTS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS ITS 2011ERNIE HARWELL LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD TO FOX RUN RESIDENT JOHN FOUNTAIN, THE FORMER WEMU PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICE OF EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY NOVI, MI (September 26, 2011) - The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) today presented its 2011 Ernie Harwell Lifetime Conrtibution Award to Fox Run retirement community resident John Fountain, the former  WEMU play-by-play voice of Eastern Michigan University football and basketball.  Fountain received the award - appropriately enough - during an in-studio news broadcast program that aired on Fox Run's closed circuit TV station. George Eichorn, the Execuitive Director of DSBA, presented the award. "John not only had a long career as the play-by-play voice of Eastern Michigan University but established, and carries on still today, a definite contribution to helping the future society of sports broadcasters and reporters," said Eichorn. "He is most deserving of this honor." The DSBA Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award honors an individual in the broadcasting community who has made significant contributions to the broadcasting profession in Greater Detroit and the state of Michigan.  Harwell was the first recipient of the award in December 2009. Fountain and his wife established the J. Clarence and Courtney S. Fountain Sportscasters Scholarship Fund at Eastern Michigan University in 1984 to provide tuition grants each semester to a student who indicates a desire to pursue a career in telecommunications and sports broadcasting. In addition, the student receives 20 hours per week on-the-job experience at radio station WEMU-FM during the fall and winter semesters. Fountain started the broadcasting scholarship fund when he retired as vice president at Eastern Michigan University, with an original gift of $10,000. In the many years since, between gifts from him and his wife, and what he has raised from others, the fund is currently more than $50,000. Fountain is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the DSBA and a past president.  He retired in 2007, completing 55 years of calling play-by-play action at Hillsdale College, and the last 44 years at Eastern Michigan University.