Ann Marie's All Stars: Mr. Pete Bowers

Posted at 5:01 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 17:01:19-05

He’s the head of a high school radio program with an impressive list of alumni - including two of our own here at WXYZ.

For 40 years, Pete Bowers has been the man behind WBFH “The Biff,” a radio station at Bloomfield Hills High School inspiring teens to seek careers in broadcasting.

“I get to see them from day one and get to see them grow into broadcasters,” Bowers said.

Bowers taught 7 Action News Anchors JoAnne Purtan and Heather Catallo

“I love Mr. Bowers,” Purtan said. “Honestly, my fondest memories of high school hands down were at WBFH and Mr. Bowers.”

The Biff has been named the best high school radio station in both the state and nationally with a passionate leader who treats both current and former students like his kids of his own.

“Mr. Bowers is actually one of the reasons I do the job I do,” Catallo said. "He was just such a great teacher – so helpful, so funny.”

Bowers gets choked up thinking about his former students accomplishments.

“I call myself the radio dad,” he said. “When they walk across the stage to win a state or national award- that’s one of my kids.”

Today’s students say they’re motivated by Mr. Bowers love of radio and his passion for teaching them as they learn and grow through the evolution of the industry together.

“Mr. Bowers is an All Star because of how he inspires each and every one of his students,” Senior Harrison Parker said.