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.

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

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus #7 watches the action from the dugout during the fourth inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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.

12/10/2014

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

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