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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.

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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

2007 NHL Awards Show

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

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Head Coach Dan Bylsma of United States talks with his team 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)

U.S. Winning Gold In Hockey Is Good; But Beating Canada In The Process Is Even Better [BLOG]

I really don’t care all that much if the United States wins gold in hockey and neither do you, but we do care about stopping Canada from winning it.

97.1 The Ticket–02/20/2014

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 11: Amir Williams #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends as Caris LeVert #23 of the Michigan Wolverines attempts to drive to the basket in the second half on February 11, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan defeated Ohio State 70-60. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Beilein Should Be Better Than Hoke; Stop With the “Ohio” Nonsense [BLOG]

There was a whole lot to like about Michigan’s 70-60 win at Ohio State on Tuesday night.

97.1 The Ticket–02/12/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 06: Sam Martin #6 of the Detroit Lions punts to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 6, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Lions Fans Should Be Proud of Themselves Come Super Bowl Sunday [BLOG]

I’m sure you too have fantasized about what you would do if the Lions ever were to go the Super Bowl.

97.1 The Ticket–01/31/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 25: Nik Stauskas #11 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots over Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans during the first half of the game at the Breslin Center on January 25, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 80-75. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Stop Your Whining Sparty! [BLOG]

This time around, it was odd!

97.1 The Ticket–01/27/2014

MILWAUKEE, UNITED STATES:  Torii Hunter (L) of the the American League Minnesota Twins leaps to take away a home run from National League San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds in the first inning as Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (R) of the Seattle Mariners watches to end the first inning of the Major League Baseball All-Star game 09 July 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (JOHN ZICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Tigers Hunter and Jackson Give Advice On How to Dunk a Basketball [VIDEO]

After about an hour of swinging, Jackson bet Hunter that he could dunk.

97.1 The Ticket–01/23/2014

New England vs Browns  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jeff Riger: Lions Fans Should Be Jealous of the Cleveland Browns Today

I’m actually extremely jealous of the Browns today because they have yet to hire a head coach, a position I wish the Lions were still in.

97.1 The Ticket–01/20/2014

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Head coaches Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears and Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals shake hands following the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Whisenhunt Snub Of Detroit Says A Lot About Stafford [BLOG]

I don’t know for a fact that Stafford is the reason Whisenhunt decided not to come to Detroit, but I’m betting it had a lot to do with it!

97.1 The Ticket–01/14/2014

Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

David Brandon Is Really Good At Making Michigan Fans Furious

Since when do schools of Michigan’s caliber hold press conferences for offensive coordinators?

97.1 The Ticket–01/10/2014

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Tackle Corey Hilliard #78 of the Detroit Lions hangs hit head on the bench during the final seconds of the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field on December 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Ravens defeated the Lions 18-16. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Doubtful Lions Will Ever Get It Right [BLOG]

I was recently asked if the Lions will get it right this time. My response was “doubtful!”

97.1 The Ticket–01/08/2014

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Alumni of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings pose for a group photo on the ice following their game during the 2013 Hockeytown Winter Festival Alumni Showdown on December 31, 2013 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Alumni Classic Proves Detroit Fans Are The Best [VIDEO]

What an overwhelming success the last couple days were!

97.1 The Ticket–01/02/2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Jeremy Ross #12 of the Detroit Lions returns a punt in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 8, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Detroit Lions 34-20. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jeremy Ross Has Some Sweet Pants [VIDEO]

It’s always interesting to see what athletes are rocking when you walk into the locker room.

97.1 The Ticket–12/18/2013

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 09: Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears runs for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during a game at Soldier Field on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Head Scratcher: Josh McCown Mentions Detroit In Wandering Rant Against Internet Porn [VIDEO]

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you come across a 2 year old anti-porn PSA starring Bears QB Josh McCown.

97.1 The Ticket–12/13/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions scores a late second quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Why Nate Burleson Un-Followed Jeff Riger On Twitter

A couple weeks ago, I was checking out twitter as usual and noticed that I had some new interactions.

97.1 The Ticket–12/11/2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Steve Yzerman of teh Tampa Bay Lightning works the draft floor during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Yzerman Made Classy Move By Playing In Alumni Game

I have to admit that I’m shocked! I didn’t think there was even a small chance that Steve Yzerman would take part in the New Year’s Eve Alumni game but I was wrong.

97.1 The Ticket–12/11/2013

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Does Dombrowski Believe The Happy Story He’s Selling? [BLOG]

Dombrowski shot down reports of getting guys like Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran and made it very clear that the Tigers will not be players in the free agent market for the rest of the offseason.

97.1 The Ticket–12/05/2013

(File Photo by A. J. Messier/Getty Images)

Darren McCarty Talks About His New Book; My Last Fight

Detroit legend Darren McCarty has a new book called My Last Fight: a True Story of a Hockey Rock Star and he joined Stoney and I in studio to promote it.

97.1 The Ticket–12/03/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25: Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers poses for photos with his wife, Chanel and sons, (L) Jaden and Haven after being introduced as the newest member of the Rangers on November 25, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Prince Fielder: “You Know I Sucked, But I Didn’t Have To Be Reminded Of It”

Former Tiger Prince Fielder seems to be the gift that just keeps giving.

97.1 The Ticket–11/25/2013

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Lions 25-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Suh Doesnt Believe In Same Ole’ Lions

It’s hard not to feel bad for Lions fans.

97.1 The Ticket–11/25/2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 12:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a RBI single in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 12, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

What Was The Real Reason Prince Fielder Was Traded? [BLOG]

The Prince Fielder era in Detroit was a bizarre one.

97.1 The Ticket–11/21/2013

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes the field for play in a Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins November 11, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa won 22 - 19. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Remember When Darrelle Revis Totally Shut Down Calvin Johnson? He does!

Wednesday’s during Lions season, reporters get a chance to talk to players and coaches from the opposition of the week.

97.1 The Ticket–11/20/2013

Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to split the defense of Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 and Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ken Holland Talks Yzerman in Alumni Game And Gustav Nyquist

The Wings seem like they are snake bit right now.

97.1 The Ticket–11/19/2013

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

More Awards And Achievements Make Last 3 Tigers Seasons More Of A Disappointment [BLOG]

Since Scherzer won the AL Cy Young, I have become increasingly bitter.

97.1 The Ticket–11/14/2013

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: Vice President & General Manager, Alternate Governor Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks on during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alumni Game Doesn’t Seem To Be Priority For Steve Yzerman But It Should Be

Fans remember different things about former Wings captain Steve Yzerman, but I remember the waiting.

97.1 The Ticket–11/11/2013

(Photo: Jeff Riger)

New Lion Austen Lane Has An Awesome Tattoo (See It Here)

Lane has a picture of Big Boy on his right arm with the words “Doing Big Boy Things in a Big Boy World” above and under it.

CBS Detroit–11/06/2013

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