Jeff Riger

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Jeff Riger, has often been asked, “Why are you like this?” Simply put, Jeff Riger was forged by sweat, honed by determination and haunted by a Diet Coke addiction. Guided by a keen sense of smell, Jeff Riger knew that his gift of talking a lot would lead him to a career in radio.

Jeff Riger began his journey from humble beginnings. He studied at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. After graduation he began his career at WPON 1460AM as a member of the “Triple Threat” radio show. After interning at WTKA in Ann Arbor and WWJ in Detroit, he got his first full-time job at WMLM in Alma, MI. In 2002 Jeff came back to Detroit and started working at WXYT-AM. Citing temporary insanity and a peculiar fascination with learning the origins of Bernie Brewer, Jeff ventured briefly to WSSP in Milwaukee. Satisfied with what he learned, Jeff returned home to Detroit, and now works full time at WXYT AM/FM.

For those of you new to the story of Jeff Riger, some of his career highlights include covering the 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship, Super Bowl XL in Detroit, the Detroit Tigers’ run for the 2006 World Series, the Pistons World Championship in 2004 and many other sporting events too numerous to mention. Jeff ‘s most recent memorable moment was obtaining exclusive interviews from umpire Jim Joyce after his admitted bad call cost the Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game on June 2, 2010.

When he is not hanging out with his beautiful wife Alison, Jeff has been known to consult his trusted advisers Tram and Lou on what it means to be Detroit. Of course, Tram and Lou are his cats, and Alison is originally from Cleveland, but who can judge?

You can hear Jeff on the weekends and also during and after Detroit Red Wing games.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 22:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts against the Virginia Cavaliers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Michigan Fans Should be Jealous of Tom Izzo [BLOG]

So when Michigan got decent and then fantastic for a bit it was officially on.

97.1 The Ticket–03/24/2015

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Alfredo Simon Talks About His Chrome Mercedes And Being Called ‘Big Pasta’ [VIDEO]

Tigers starter Alfredo Simon is a pretty interesting guy.

97.1 The Ticket–03/11/2015

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Ausmus Compares Iglesias And Kinsler To Trammell And Whitaker

Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus was asked about how good Iglesias and Kinsler could be together and responded “right there with Trammell and Whitaker.”

97.1 The Ticket–03/10/2015

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10 Athletes That Left Detroit Too Soon

In an effort to make Lions fans feel better, I give you Detroit’s top 10 toughest losses.

97.1 The Ticket–03/09/2015

DETROIT, MI - MAY 25:  Detroit Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand and manager Brad Ausmus #7 check on the health of Miguel Cabrera #24 during the seventh inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park on May 25, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Rangers defeated the Tigers 12-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tigers Poke Fun At Kevin Rand’s Fall; Make Chalk Outline On The Field [PHOTO]

The good news for Rand was that his fall reminder was erased before the Tigers played the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon.

97.1 The Ticket–03/09/2015

ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 30:  Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Who’s Down For The Harbaugh Breakfast Challenge? [VIDEO]

Click the link to donate and send us your video via Twitter with #ChadTough and we will post your videos as well.

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Has Justin Verlander Thrown Too Many Pitches? [VIDEO]

Justin Verlander isn’t hiding from it. He knows he has to be better in 2015.

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ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04:  Matthew Stafford #9 and Cornelius Lucas #77 of the Detroit Lions walk off the field after a fourth down attempt against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

OPINION: Lions Fans Just Need To Get Over It Already

The officials did not prevent the Lions from winning, the Cowboys did.

97.1 The Ticket–01/07/2015

Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jack Harbaugh And Shane Morris Talk About Jim Harbaugh [VIDEO]

Michigan got their guy and everybody in Ann Arbor on Tuesday afternoon seemed very thankful for it.

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Boston Red Sox hits a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals  at Kauffman Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE: Brad Ausmus Gives Insight On How Cespedes Trade Happened [VIDEO]

“We were up late but it was worth it.”

97.1 The Ticket–12/11/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 10:  Alfredo Simon #31 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on September 10, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Dombrowski On Simon Trade: ‘This Actually Came Together Pretty Quickly’ [VIDEO]

We proceeded more with this when we had the opportunity to do something else but we weren’t going to do something else unless we could get a starting pitcher which we said all along” Dombrowski said.

97.1 The Ticket–12/11/2014

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Brad Ausmus: ‘I Think Our Biggest Strength Is Our Starting Pitching’ [VIDEO]

It’s only December but at the baseball winter meetings it’s rather difficult not to think about the upcoming baseball season and how things with the Tigers will shake out.

97.1 The Ticket–12/10/2014

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Agent Scott Boras speaks with the media after the Houston Astros signed first overall draft pick Mark Appel to the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Scott Boras: ‘Max Is A Peyton Manning, Number One Kind Of Guy’ [VIDEO]

All of the Winter Meetings were abuzz with the annual arrival of super-agent Scott Boras.

97.1 The Ticket–12/10/2014

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 1: Dick Enberg speaks after being recognized for his Outstanding Contribultion to Men's Basketball by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on November 1, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images for Atlanta Tipoff Club)

Dick Enberg Talks About How He Met Ernie Harwell [AUDIO]

Wednesday morning, the baseball winter meetings in San Diego started with legendary broadcaster and Michigan native Dick Enberg learning he is now a Hall of Famer.

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GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout during the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Camelback Ranch on March 10, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tommy Lasorda: Players Who Used PEDs ‘Do Not Belong’ In The Hall Of Fame [VIDEO]

“People know they were involved with drugs and that’s why they’re not getting in the Hall of Fame and they do not belong in the Hall of Fame” Lasorda said talking about suspected PED users.

97.1 The Ticket–12/09/2014

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 21: Jim Leyland speaks during a press conference to announce his retirement as manager of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on October 21, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Jim Leyland: ‘I Don’t Know About That’ When Talking About Trading Porcello Or Price

“I’m kind of surprised being here at the Winter Meetings that you really haven’t heard about Scherzer.”

97.1 The Ticket–12/09/2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 07: Jeremy Gallon #21 of the Michigan Wolverines pulls in a third quarter pass while being defended by KeiVarae Russell #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-30. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan-Notre Dame Game Means Everything To Wolverines [BLOG]

I admit it… I have been very critical of Michigan football for about 4 seasons now.

97.1 The Ticket–09/05/2014

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 18: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up during a preseason game between the Browns and Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 18, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel Is Good For The NFL [BLOG]

Brian Hoyer has been named the starting QB for the Cleveland Browns.

97.1 The Ticket–08/20/2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 21: Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays brings his dog Astro out onto the field just before the start of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field on April 21, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Tigers Talk David Price’s Bulldog And Dombrowski’s Alleged Text To Billy Beane

“I would be willing to bet my salary on the fact that Astro will be in here at some point,” reliever Joba Chamberlain said.

97.1 The Ticket–08/01/2014

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 30: Members of the Detroit Tigers 1984 World Series Championship team celebrate the 30th anniversary prior to the game against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on June 30, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Time For Tigers To Honor The ’84 Tigers The Right Way [VIDEO]

Every time the Detroit Tigers celebrate their 1984 World Championship team, the memories come flooding back.

97.1 The Ticket–07/01/2014

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 28:  Rajai Davis #20 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the six inning at O.co Coliseum on May 28, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Rajai Davis Is A Giant Robo Cop Fan [AUDIO]

The Tigers have had some pretty interesting people and things throw out the first pitch this season so far.

97.1 The Ticket–06/04/2014

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29:  Mike Ditka, former NFL player and coach, and current ESPN analyst, talks with reporters during the ESPN media availablility in the Empire West Ballroom, at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Center at the Sheraton New York Times Square on January 28, 2014 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Ditka On Stafford’s Hat: ‘You’re Not In A Gang’; Stafford Responds

“You’re representing the Detroit Lions and that’s the reason they have the Lion on the front of the hat.”

97.1 The Ticket–06/02/2014

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 29: Joe Nathan #36 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum on May 29, 2014 in Oakland, California. The Tigers won the game 5-4. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

How Concerned Are You About Joe Nathan? [BLOG]

It’s ok to wonder and worry if you’re a Tigers fan…

97.1 The Ticket–05/30/2014

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 21:  Justin Sellers #1 of the Cleveland Indians is out at second base on a double play throw to first base by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers throws to first Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on May 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

What Ian Kinsler Finds Funny, Others Might Not! [BLOG]

On Thursday morning, Kinsler sat down with both the Detroit and Texas media and joked about engaging in some trash talk with Ranger players about this four game series.

97.1 The Ticket–05/22/2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 13: Joe Nathan #36 of the Detroit Tigers heads to the clubhouse after the Tigers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The One Tiger Flying Under the Radar [BLOG]

This year’s version of the Detroit Tigers is very impressive.

97.1 The Ticket–05/15/2014

Caption:DETROIT, MI - APRIL 20: Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers bats during the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to end the game at Comerica Park on April 20, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Angels 2-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Alex Avila Will Continue To Get Plenty of Starts This Season

Tiger fans, just like any other fan base always have their gripes.

97.1 The Ticket–04/22/2014

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 04: Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 4, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Bruins Series Hits Close To Home For Wings’ Brendan Smith, His Brother [BLOG]

Not only does Smith get to play in round one of the playoffs starting Friday in Boston, but he also gets to compete against his brother in the process.

97.1 The Ticket–04/15/2014

Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Detroit Lions looks for a receiver against the Green Bay Packers on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. he Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) FILE

Jeff Riger: Lions Signing Orlovsky For Back-Up QB Is Disappointing

They should have drafted a guy that they targeted and could develop. A player, that could eventually challenge Stafford for playing time if he struggles.

97.1 The Ticket–04/02/2014

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 14: Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get to the puck against Martin Marincin #85 of the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Joe Louis Arena on March 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

If Wings Are To Make the Playoffs Again, It’ll Be Because Of Nyquist [BLOG]

The Wings have way too many injuries and in the last 24 hours they have a couple more.

97.1 The Ticket–03/19/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 16: The Michigan State Spartans celebrate after the 69-55 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the finals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

MSU Whiners Get Last Laugh [BLOG]

I was wrong…again!

97.1 The Ticket–03/17/2014

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