Fred Heumann is a 28-Year Veteran of the business, working radio and television exclusively in Michigan during his radio and television career. The Sports Director at WLNS- TV since February , 2003.
Heumann started his second stint with a bang, breaking the story of the Detroit Lions' hiring of Head Coach Steve Mariucci on his first day on the job. Fred and his staff won an MAB Award for Program Excellence in 2005 for the “March To Glory” Pre-NCAA Tournament Special on MSU Basketball and in 2006 Fred won an MAB Award for Best Sportscast for the State of Michigan.
Heumann's first stint in Lansing was also at Channel 6 (then WJIM-TV) as a reporter and weekend anchor in 1980. Heumann cut his teeth here at TV 6 before moving on to WILX- TV in Jackson, WJR T- TV in Flint, then to the Detroit market in 1987 where he spent 17 years as a reporter and anchor at 3 different television stations and did work at 6 different radio stations.
His most extensive radio work came at Midwest Powerhouse WJR Radio in Detroit, where he served as the morning sportscaster on the Paul W. Smith Show, and Co-Hosted the popular nightly sports talk show “Sportswrap” for 3 years.
A native Detroiter (Rochester Adams High School Class of '75), Fred dove headfirst into broadcasting during his undergraduate days at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, where he did play-by-play of CMU Basketball, Football & Baseball while working at the campus radio station and on the CMU Sports Information staff.
A onetime scoreboard operator at Tiger Stadium (1979-1988), Fred is a devoted baseball fan who has won numerous award's for his reporting efforts in the Flint and Detroit Markets.
Heumann's experiences in the business have sent him to the 3 Rose Bowls, 4 NCAA Final Fours, 3 Super Bowls, 4 NBA Finals Series and 2 World Series' during his eventful career. Heumann continued his double-duty role back in Lansing, doing the nightly 6 & 11pm sportscasts for Channel 6, and hosting “The Heumann Touch” Radio Show on WQTX-FM. Heumann holds a bachelor of arts degree in broadcasting & journalism from CMU and currently resides in East Lansing. He is the father of two children (Melissa & Rob). He's also a proud grandfather at what Fred likes to say, “is a very young age for grandfatherhood.”
Fred and his wife Tammy were married on Friday the 13th of July, 2007 in front of home plate at Oldsmobile Park following a Lansing Lugnuts' Midwest League Baseball Game, where all who witnessed agreed Fred hit a home run.
The father of two children (Melissa & Rob) he is a proud grandfather at what Fred likes to say is “a very young age for grandfatherhood.” In his liesure time, Heumann enjoys golf, watching old movies and is an avid sports parapherailia collector, or as his wife claims “a collector of junk.”