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.

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

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