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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DETROIT - AUGUST 29: Michael Hawthorne #27 of the St. Louis Rams keeps Mike Williams #88 of the Detroit Lions from scoring after a pass reception during a pre-season NFL game on August 29, 2005 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

Bring Back Lions Black Jersey & Tigers Old Road Uni’s

The old English D along with the Tigers home uniforms are classic. I would never be in favor of messing with the Tigers home uniforms.

97.1 The Ticket–07/03/2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28: Andre Drummond shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected number 9 overall by the Detroit Pistons during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Drummond Looks Great Until You Watch Him Play

There’s a lot to like about Andre Drummond the Pistons first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

97.1 The Ticket–06/29/2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fantasy Football Mock Draft 1.0

LeSean McCoy RB Phi – There’s no clear cut number one pick this year.

97.1 The Ticket–06/27/2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: NFL player Ndamukong Suh participates in the Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day - Celebrity Match during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Pier 40 on April 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Projecting The Lions Defense This Year

The good news is that the Lions return 10-of-11 starters on defense this upcoming season.

97.1 The Ticket–06/15/2012

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 13: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers congratulates Brennan Boesch #26 after Boesch hit a solo home run in the 7th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 13, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Top Five Places To Watch The Tigers On The Road

Tons of Detroit Tigers fans picked out Cincinnati and Chicago to go watch the Tigers play on the road.

97.1 The Ticket–06/14/2012

Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls out a signal to the line during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Projecting Lions Offensive Starters For Opener Verses Rams

A lot of Lions fans are hoping that Detroit’s first round draft pick this year Riley Reiff will be starting at right or even left tackle from the start of the season.

97.1 The Ticket–06/07/2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 19:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a second quarter touchdown while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Denard Robinson Winning The Heisman?

If the Heisman Trophy winner is a popularity contest then get ready for a legit run by Mr. Popular Michigan senior quarterback Denard Robinson.

97.1 The Ticket–05/30/2012

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 22: Alex Avila #13 celebrates with Brennan Boesch #26 and Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers after Avila hit a three run home run during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 22, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Time To Tazer Tigers Hitters?

Maybe it is time for a little shock treatment for Tigers lineup.

97.1 The Ticket–05/24/2012

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 13: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers fields a ground ball against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum on May 13, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Tigers Can’t Demote Fielder To DH

Prince Fielder is struggling defensively wearing a Tigers uniform over this past week.

97.1 The Ticket–05/24/2012

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Best Pure Jump Shot In Michigan History

Ray Allen from the Celtics won the SI player vote for best current pure jump shot in the NBA.

97.1 The Ticket–05/17/2012

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Wide receiver Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a reception on his way to scoring a 56-yard touchdown during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 45-10. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Megatron Closer To 10 Or 20 Touchdowns In 2012?

Can Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson improve upon his 16 touchdown performance of 2011?

97.1 The Ticket–05/11/2012

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 08:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammates after defeating the Seattle Mariners 6-4 at Safeco Field on May 8, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

I Was Wrong About Miggy’s D

Train Wreck. Total disaster. Replaced at third by mid-May.

97.1 The Ticket–05/10/2012

138th Kentucky Derby-Preview

Fithian’s Kentucky Derby Winner Picks

The 138th Kentucky Derby happens on Saturday, and I’m ready to predict the winner!

97.1 The Ticket–05/05/2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08: Running back Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during the Wild Card Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

NFL Teams That Were But Won’t Be In The Playoffs

It’s a good bet that half the teams that made the NFL playoffs last year won’t be back in this year’s post season.

97.1 The Ticket–05/04/2012

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I got Catfished Or Sarah Phillips, Too!

Interesting story about how ESPN may have hired a writer for their website without ever meeting the person.

97.1 The Ticket–05/02/2012

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22: Wide receiver Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warmups before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on October 22, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Texas Tech upset Oklahoma 41-38. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Lions ‘Iffy’ 2nd Round Pick

The Lions picking a wide receiver in round two of the NFL draft still doesn’t seem right.

97.1 The Ticket–04/30/2012

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Time For Change With The Red Wings

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Red Wings play a worse game than they did Friday night to get eliminated by the Preds in five games.

97.1 The Ticket–04/23/2012

Head Coach Jim Schwartz talks with quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during a game against the New Orleans Saints to score a touchdown at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Lions 31-17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Picking The 2012 Lions Season Game By Game

Rams vs. Lions: The 2009 and 2010 number one picks face off in week one.

97.1 The Ticket–04/17/2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines passes against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on January 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)

Dennis Fithian Recaps The Michigan Spring Game

Running backs: Looking strong with a clear cut Fitz Toussaint as the starter.

97.1 The Ticket–04/14/2012

Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings - Feb. 14, 2012. (Getty Images)

NHL Playoff Fantasy Team Predictions

For all who love fantasy football here’s to NHL Playoff Fantasy hockey. Simple rules, but hockey knowledge really helps your chances and your hockey interest in the playoffs is only enhanced by playing.

97.1 The Ticket–04/11/2012

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 07: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers smiles in the dugout after hitting a solo home run, his first as a Detroit Tiger in the fourth inning during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on April 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Cabrera And Fielder Nicknames

After both Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder went deep twice in the Tigers 10-0 win over the Red Sox callers were dialing in with their nicknames for the Tigers number three and four hitters.

97.1 The Ticket–04/07/2012

Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers. (File Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Fister’s A Top Five Tiger

After coming over in a trade last year from the Mainers the numbers from Doug Fister were amazing. 8-1 record

97.1 The Ticket–04/07/2012

Detroit, MI - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on September 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jorge Lemus/Getty Images)

Big Week For Tiger And The Tigers

This is the best Detroit Tigers lineup and pitching staff in my life time.

97.1 The Ticket–04/04/2012

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Dennis Fithian Predicts This Weekend’s NFL Playoff Games

Detroit could have avoided this matchup with the hottest team in the league with a win over the Green Bay Backups.

97.1 The Ticket–01/05/2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 4:   Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls out a signal to the line during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five For The Christmas Weekend

Great opportunity to really feel good about the Detroit Lions if they can get this win verses the Chargers.

97.1 The Ticket–12/24/2011

Ndamukong Suh - Detroit Lions  (Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five For Weekend Of 12-16-11

Dennis Fithian gives his Fab Five for the weekend of 12-16-11.

97.1 The Ticket–12/17/2011

Head Coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions talks with his team during a game against the New Orleans Saints to score a touchdown at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Lions 31-17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five

I still think the Lions are going to the playoffs but if they lose Sunday then All bets are off.

97.1 The Ticket–12/10/2011

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Fithian Fab Five For The Weekend Of 11.18.11

Should be a nice couple weeks for Michigan State football. Wins over Indiana this week and Northwestern next week will offer up a trip to the first ever Big Ten Championship.

97.1 The Ticket–11/18/2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions and the defensive line sit onmthe bench as they prepare to face the Denver Broncos Sports Authority at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five For Weekend of 11-11-11

I liked the Lions before the season to go 9-7 going 5-3 in the 2nd half of the season. Detroit is 6-2 after eight games and I’m going to stay with my 5-3 prediction which would put the Lions at 11-5 at the end of the season.

97.1 The Ticket–11/12/2011

Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines.  (File photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five 11-4-11

Pick is based on not how good the Wolverines are but how bad the Hawkeyes have looked.

97.1 The Ticket–11/04/2011



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