j) Dennis Fithian
Dennis 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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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.
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LeSean McCoy RB Phi – There’s no clear cut number one pick this year.
The good news is that the Lions return 10-of-11 starters on defense this upcoming season.
Tons of Detroit Tigers fans picked out Cincinnati and Chicago to go watch the Tigers play on the road.
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.
If the Heisman Trophy winner is a popularity contest then get ready for a legit run by Mr. Popular Michigan senior quarterback Denard Robinson.
Maybe it is time for a little shock treatment for Tigers lineup.
Prince Fielder is struggling defensively wearing a Tigers uniform over this past week.
Ray Allen from the Celtics won the SI player vote for best current pure jump shot in the NBA.
Can Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson improve upon his 16 touchdown performance of 2011?
Train Wreck. Total disaster. Replaced at third by mid-May.
The 138th Kentucky Derby happens on Saturday, and I’m ready to predict the winner!
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.
Interesting story about how ESPN may have hired a writer for their website without ever meeting the person.
The Lions picking a wide receiver in round two of the NFL draft still doesn’t seem right.
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Rams vs. Lions: The 2009 and 2010 number one picks face off in week one.
Running backs: Looking strong with a clear cut Fitz Toussaint as the starter.
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This is the best Detroit Tigers lineup and pitching staff in my life time.
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Dennis Fithian gives his Fab Five for the weekend of 12-16-11.
I still think the Lions are going to the playoffs but if they lose Sunday then All bets are off.
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Pick is based on not how good the Wolverines are but how bad the Hawkeyes have looked.