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, MI - OCTOBER 23:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions reacts after throwing a a third down incomplete pass while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five

Michigan is a lot better on defense this year under Greg Mattison.

97.1 The Ticket–10/29/2011

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Fithian’s Blog: Boy I’m Glad

“Boy I’m sure glad that dirty old Gholston’s suspended for the Wisconsin game. That makes me feel a lot better about losing to Sparty.”

97.1 The Ticket–10/21/2011

Keshawn Martin #82 of the Michigan State Spartans scores a third quarter touchdown as Kenny Demens #25 of the Michigan Wolverines attempts to make the stop during the game at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State defeated Michigan 28-14.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five for 10-15-11

Spartans defense a great test for Denard & UM backs. MSU’s Bell & Baker a similar good gauge to see where this UM defense really is

97.1 The Ticket–10/15/2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Robinson rushed for 105 yards in a 37-7 loss to Ohio State.   (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Dennis Fithian: Why I Root For The Wolverines

Why I like the Michigan Wolverines: Growing up in Michigan in the 70’s as a youngster — Michigan State football never stood a chance with me.

97.1 The Ticket–10/09/2011

Vincent Smith #2 of the Michigan Wolverines catches the pass and then is stripped of the ball by Larry Parker #29 of San Diego State during the first quarter of the game at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five 10-1-11

I’m going big with a dozen games over the weekend.

97.1 The Ticket–10/01/2011

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 28: Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by teammate Delmon Young #21 after hitting a solo home run to left field to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead over the Cleveland Indians during the game at Comerica Park on September 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five 9-29-11

If I was ever going to pick the Tigers to win a series this would be the year. I like everything they have going for them except the memory of 06.

97.1 The Ticket–09/29/2011

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Fithian’s Fab Five 9-24-11

Trying to figure out who has more of an advantage. Brady Hoke for coaching the San Diego State players or vice versa?

97.1 The Ticket–09/24/2011

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Fithian Fab Five

I’ve got you covered with a five pack of college games & two sure fire NFL picks including an upset of the week.

97.1 The Ticket–09/17/2011

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