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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.

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

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Todd Bertuzzi #44 of the Detroit Red Wings wraps around the net as Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers defends at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2014 in New York City.The New York Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s Impressive Wings Still Have A Chance. Yes, Really [BLOG]

With some wins they can be right back in the thick of things.

97.1 The Ticket–03/12/2014

DETROIT - JANUARY 2: Scottie Bowman speaks at the jersey retirement ceremony for Steve Yzerman before the Detroit Red Wings game against the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena on January 2, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings won 2-1. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Does Scotty Bowman Believe Lidstrom Was Better Than Orr?

It’s not enough these days to just say that Nick Lidstrom was a great defenseman, you have to go further. How great was he?

97.1 The Ticket–03/07/2014

DENVER - MAY 29:  Patrick Roy #35 of the Colorado Avalanche stands dejected as Kris Draper #33, Kirk Maltby #18 celebrate with teammate Darren McCarty #25 of the Detroit Red Wings on May 29, 2002 after he scored Detroit's second goal during the second period of game six of the Western Conference Finals during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI)

Does Patrick Roy Think Wings Fans Hate Him? [VIDEO]

It’s easy to forget with all the hoopla about Nick Lidstrom that Patrick Roy is coming back to town too tonight.

97.1 The Ticket–03/06/2014

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 14:  General manager Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings accepts the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for Player who Displays Gentlemanly Conduct for Pavel Datsyuk (not pictured) onstage during the 2007 NHL Awards Show at the Elgin Theatre on June 14, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

You Can’t Blame Holland for Datsyuk and Zetterberg Being Out [BLOG]

But the amount of time Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are missing is not his fault.

97.1 The Ticket–03/06/2014

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 03: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center on January 3, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

What Three Forwards Were the Toughest For Lidstrom to Play Against? [VIDEO]

You already remember what he did in the biggest games you’ve ever saw.

97.1 The Ticket–03/06/2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Ryan Kesler #17 of the United States looks on while being interviewed during their Men's Ice Hockey practice session on day thirteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Don’t Trade “The Kids” For Ryan Kesler [BLOG]

As the March 5th NHL trade deadline approaches it has become apparent that Livonia native Ryan Kesler will be available for the right price.

97.1 The Ticket–02/28/2014

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