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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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Fithian Fab Five: Wild Card Winners

Bengals +4.5 @ Texans: Houston slid late in the season but with the talent they have on both sides of the ball look like a team that can get to the AFC Championship game.

97.1 The Ticket–01/04/2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 02: St. Louis Rams cheerleaders perform during the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 2, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Calvin > Fitz

What a difference a quarterback can make. Calvin Johnson trying to break the great Jerry Rice’s single season receiving mark.

97.1 The Ticket–12/14/2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks for an open receiver against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Bowl Pool: All Winners, BCS Total

By now you are looking at the bowl sheet that has been passed around the office and wondering if you will donate another ten bucks to the cause.

97.1 The Ticket–12/13/2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs upfield during their game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on November 24, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Picks & My Heisman Vote

Heisman Trophy goes to the most outstanding player in college football.

97.1 The Ticket–12/07/2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won, 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Braxton Beats Blue

If Wolverines had played better verses the option this year I’d be tempted to pick the upset. Braxton Miller is the difference.

97.1 The Ticket–11/21/2012

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 10: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions chases the loose ball after Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns fumbled the ball during the first quarter of the game at Ford Field on August 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Top 25 Detroit Sports #Trending

This is the debut of Top 25 Detroit Sports Trending.

97.1 The Ticket–11/16/2012

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Fithian’s Fab Five: Spotting Packers A Double-Digit Lead Will End In A Loss

Senior day in Ann Arbor without knowing if Denard Robinson can contribute on the field.

97.1 The Ticket–11/16/2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Russell Bellomy #8 of the Michigan Wolverines hands the ball to teammate running back Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Down Go Two Unbeatens

Michigan -10.5 vs. Northwestern: Cats keep the game in single digits.

97.1 The Ticket–11/09/2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Cornerback Ciante Evans #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers zeros in on quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

UM Needs To Go With Two Headed Monster At QB

Brady Hoke can say anything he wants about the Michigan starters and the two deep.

97.1 The Ticket–11/07/2012

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 4: Utah Ute's cheerleaders run the field during a game against the USC Trojans during the first half of a college football game on October 4, 2012 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Gophers No Match For UM’s Top Two QB’s

Michigan -11.5 @ Minnesota: Wolverines should win and win big.

97.1 The Ticket–11/02/2012

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