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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stop Your Whining Sparty! [BLOG]

This time around, it was odd!

97.1 The Ticket–01/27/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suh Doesnt Believe In Same Ole’ Lions

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

97.1 The Ticket–11/25/2013

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

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

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

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

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

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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