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.

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

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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

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