j) Dennis Fithian

dennisfithian j) Dennis FithianDennis Fithian is among the most versatile and experienced sports broadcasters on Detroit’s airwaves. Since 1994, Dennis has covered all of the major professional sports teams in Detroit, as well as major college athletic programs. Dennis’ significant experience allows him to perform a broad array of broadcast roles, including hosting his own programs, serving as a beat reporter for specific teams and serving in-studio as a pre-game, post-game, and update correspondent.

Dennis has developed a loyal following throughout his broadcast career through his “down to Earth” approach that appeals to true sports fans who value substance over style.

Prior to joining 97.1 FM The Ticket, Dennis had a 12-year career in Ann Arbor where he became one of the most recognizable voices on sports talk radio and a recognizable face at an array of University of Michigan sports venues. In Ann Arbor, Dennis led his own afternoon drive-time radio program, Sportsbeat, as well as hosting pre-game and post-game programs for University of Michigan football and conducting weekly coaches shows for the U-M football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball teams. Dennis also became the play-by-play voice for U-M women’s basketball and for select baseball and softball games. In Ann Arbor, Dennis was known for being a true fan (not only covering the sports he talked about on the radio but also attending games in person) and drawing attention to non-revenue sports such as gymnastics, wrestling, field hockey, and track.

Prior to hosting his own program, Dennis also co-hosted a morning show and produced a variety of the station’s programs. Dennis also was a contributor for The Wolverine, a weekly sports newspaper covering U-M sports.

Dennis’ professional and personal sports highlights include being in the locker room following the Tigers’ victory at Comerica Park in the American League Championship Series in 2006, covering Justin Verlander’s no-hitter in Comerica Park in 2007, covering the U-M Rose Bowl in Pasadena in 2004, attending his first baseball game in Yankee Stadium, and watching the U.S. national team play in the world rugby championships in England.

One of the most humorous moments in Dennis’ career occurred when ESPN’s Dick Vitale, having listened to Dennis’ impression of the famous college basketball announcer on the radio, called (un-planned) into Dennis’ program as “Richard from Sarasota” to challenge Dennis’ impression and engage in a bit of fun and games.

Throughout his career, Dennis has taken great pride in lining up guests and special interviews that bring unique and interesting perspectives to his listening audience. Dennis’ notable interviews have included the late, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David Halberstam, Hall of Famer George Kell, U-M icon Bo Schembechler, and the actress Jane Seymour. Dennis is also the first and only sports broadcaster to be granted permission by coach Lloyd Carr to broadcast live from a private Michigan Football spring practice.

Prior to starting his professional broadcast career, Dennis graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Telecommunications from Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU, Dennis hosted a sports talk program on campus radio station WQBR and wrote for the school’s newspaper, the Eastern Echo. Dennis also attended university for two years in England. While in England, Dennis became a fan of rugby and played two years of “rugby union.” Dennis’ college career began at Schoolcraft College where he sat on the bench/played college basketball for one year.

A life-long resident and fan of Southeastern Michigan sports, Dennis was born in Detroit and graduated from Livonia Franklin High School. Dennis still enjoys playing basketball, poker, pool, darts, tennis, golf, reading and attending tailgates.

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Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions watches the action while on the bench during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on September 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Vikings defeated the Lions 20-13.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

What Can The Lions Learn This Weekend? Picks

What can the Detroit Lions learn this weekend by watching the four divisional games? Don’t turn the ball over, get strong quarterback play and have the ability to run the football.

97.1 The Ticket–01/11/2014

24. New York Giants (6-9)

What Can The Lions Learn This Weekend?

The Lions need to sit down, watch the four divisional games and take some notes.

97.1 The Ticket–01/11/2014

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 08: San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt looks on against the New York Giants at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Giants 37-14. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Whisenhunt Or Caldwell & Wild Card Winners [BLOG]

I would guess that former NFL Super Bowl winning coaches Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher have been asked if they want to come out of retirement and coach the Lions.

97.1 The Ticket–01/02/2014

PASADENA, CA - APRIL 23: Bill Bogaard, Mayor of Pasadena, Hancock, Executive Director, BCS, Scott Jenkins, President, Tournament of Roses, Jim Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference, and Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference attend the 100th Rose Bowl Game press conference at Rose Bowl on April 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Fithian’s College Football Bowl Picks

It’s bowl season! Here are my picks for the big games.

CBS Detroit–12/20/2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 09: Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines cheers on his team against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Fithian: Hard To Pick Wolverines To Win Anymore; MSU Over Nebraska

What’s on tap this weekend in the wild world of football? So much — And the way I see it Michigan State is going to trounce while Michigan falters.

CBS Detroit–11/15/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 29: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions shakes hands with Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears after the Lions defeated the Bears 40-32 at Ford Field on September 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

When Will Megatron Be Considered Better Than Barry?

For some the quick reflex answer is ‘never’ and for others it’s as easy just not quitting on the team.

97.1 The Ticket–11/12/2013

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers shakes hands with head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines after their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: Must Win For Hoke Vs Huskers

Wolverines season could go from bad to terribly wrong with a loss against the Cornhuskers.

97.1 The Ticket–11/08/2013

Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the game on October 12, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Gardner Makes The Difference; Fithian’s Fab Five Football Picks

Michigan State -5 vs Michigan: The bye week helps the underdogs Wolverines. Devin Gardner is the best player on the field on Saturday.

97.1 The Ticket–11/01/2013

Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the game on October 12, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five Football Picks

Check out Fithian’s Fab Five football picks …

97.1 The Ticket–10/18/2013

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#Trending Detroit Sports

Trending is a poll which ranks who is getting talked about the most on the Detroit sports scene. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

97.1 The Ticket–10/16/2013

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 21: Darqueze Dennard #31 of the Michigan State Spartans breaks up a pass intended for DeVarius Daniels #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 21, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five Football Picks

Michigan State -9.5 vs. Indiana: Hoosiers have a way of keeping things close against the Spartans.

97.1 The Ticket–10/11/2013

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A’s Are In The Tigers Heads [BLOG]

Tigers vs. A’s: Couple things don’t feel right about this series from a Tigers standpoint.

97.1 The Ticket–10/03/2013

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears gives Willie Young #79 of the Detroit Lions a push during the game at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears defeted the Lions 26-24. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: College And NFL Best Bets

Detroit -3 vs Chicago: Home field & offensive/defensive line play favors Lions. Creating turnovers and special teams goes to the visitors. This game looks like a push (can I buy a half point?) with the line.

97.1 The Ticket–09/27/2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 14: Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 of the Michigan Wolverines looks for running room during a second quarter run while playing the Akron Zips at Michigan Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five

I pick the games and I leave my record week by week here as well.

97.1 The Ticket–09/20/2013

Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team on November 24, 2012. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: The Picks

I pick the games and I leave my record week by week here as well.

97.1 The Ticket–09/13/2013

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers throws out Dayan Viciedo of the Chicago White Sox in the 7th inning at U.S. Cellular Field on September 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dennis Fithian: #Trending Detroit Sports

Trending is a poll which ranks who is getting talked about the most on the Detroit sports scene.

97.1 The Ticket–09/12/2013

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears gives Willie Young #79 of the Detroit Lions a push during the game at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears defeted the Lions 26-24. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Questions For Lions Vs. Jets

How’s Reggie Bush going to look wearing the number 21 for the Lions?

97.1 The Ticket–08/09/2013

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Lions Need Surprise Players To Star

It’s not a 100% sure thing, but looking back at the last five Super Bowl winners it stands out.

97.1 The Ticket–08/06/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 08: Santiago Casilla #46 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 4-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

No World Series Winner Has Ever Traded For A Closer During The Season

The Tigers need to find a closer. This much is agreed upon. Where to find that closer?

97.1 The Ticket–06/15/2013

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 9:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on June 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Benoit recorded his third save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Indians. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Options For Tigers Closer(s) In Minneapolis

1. Jose Valverde: Seems like he’s either gone today or right back out tonight pitching for his major league life.

97.1 The Ticket–06/14/2013

Nik Stauskas #11 of the Michigan Wolverines attempts a shot in the first half against Tony Fiegen #34 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 21, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Heartbreaker For Wolverines Vs. Jayhawks

Maybe it will all go Michigan’s way this weekend.

97.1 The Ticket–03/29/2013

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 22:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the first half while taking on the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dennis Fithian’s March #Trending

Trending is a poll which ranks who is getting talked about the most on the Detroit sports scene.

97.1 The Ticket–03/07/2013

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Detroit Sports #Trending For February

This is the February’s #Trending.

97.1 The Ticket–02/07/2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01: Head coach John Harbaugh (L) of the Baltimore Ravens and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers speak to the media during a press conference for Super Bowl XLVII at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens will play the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: Super Bowl & UM/IU

San Francisco -3.5 vs. Baltimore: Usually I bust right out after the championship games and go with my pick for the Super Bowl.

97.1 The Ticket–02/01/2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31: A general view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome prior to Super Bowl XLVII on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Fithian’s XXX (30) Super Bowl Trivia Teaser

Four current NFL teams have never played in the Super Bowl. Who are they?

97.1 The Ticket–02/01/2013

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Fithian’s Fab Five: Dogs Bark But Pats/49ers For Super Bowl

You get this far you pick the game and the total.

97.1 The Ticket–01/18/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 1: Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions talks with referee Walt Coleman and back judge Greg Yette during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Jim Schwartz Needs To Sack Lions Late Game Identity

I’m guessing that both Lions head coach Jim Schwartz Detroit offensive coordinator Scott Linehan were watching the NFL playoffs Saturday night.

97.1 The Ticket–01/15/2013

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos run off the field after a score during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: Playoff Picks 1-11-13

Baltimore +10 @ Denver: Peyton Manning has been so incredible this year and will not be denied a win.

97.1 The Ticket–01/11/2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 06: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines drives around Mike Gesell #10 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half at Crisler Center on January 6, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Top 25 Detroit Sports #Trending for January

This is the January’s #Trending. Trending is a poll which ranks who is getting talked about the most on the Detroit sports scene.

97.1 The Ticket–01/08/2013

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17: Manti T'eo #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish encourages the crowd to cheer during a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

97.1 On-Air Staff Makes Lions First Round Pick

The Lions are slotted to make their fourth top five pick in seven years in the NFL draft this April.

97.1 The Ticket–01/04/2013

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