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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“When you see a guy struggling, we shouldn’t make fun of him” Marshall said.
When a team hires a new manager, there are always so many storylines and sub-plots that fill up reporters notebooks or, I guess Twitter feeds these days.
When I saw Dallas owner Jerry Jones enter the Cowboys dressing room on Sunday afternoon, I was geeked that I might have a chance to talk to him.
Sunday’s Lions-Cowboys game was exciting. Not only was there a dramatic, improbable comeback by Detroit to win the game 31-30, but there was also one of the best receivers in the NFL conducting a sideshow on the Cowboys sidelines.
When long time Senator Captain Daniel Alfredson chose Detroit in the offseason, I was stunned.
With the 2013 ALCS being over and the Tigers having lost in 6 games, fans will no doubt have their thoughts and theories as to why Detroit is not heading back to the World Series.
It might be hard to get through to 97.1 The Ticket these days because the lines are full with Detroit fans angry about Prince Fielder.
As we approach game 6 of the ALCS, the play of Detroit first basemen Miguel Cabrera has not been questioned and many believe it shouldn’t be.
Sometime during the remainder of the ALCS, Tigers fans will think or say, at least to themselves “God I wish we had QB back.”
Jim Leyland changing his lineup before game four appeased a lot of Tiger’s fans.
Yeah, I know the Red Sox have that “beard thing” going for them and, I guess it’s kinda cool.
“I just do it the way I do it and if people like it, great, and if they don’t, fine. The important thing is the guys that pay me like it and the other people can just tweet all they want.”
Instead it was the filthy, disgusting New York Post, who had the audacity to call me a “creeper!”
As Tigers manager Jim Leyland was addressing the media on Sunday, he cracked a joked when talking about being home for game 3 of their divisional series with the Athletics.
Both the A’s and Tigers arrived in Detroit early Sunday morning, and while most of the players and coaches had an off day to get ready for game three of the series, there were a select few that were obligated to show up at Comerica Park to answer questions.
If you saw the Tigers last series of the regular season, you too might be concerned about this team headed into the postseason!
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The moment you think that something will be universally loved is the exact moment when people start complaining.
Prince Fielder decided to grab a snack from an unsuspecting fan during Thursday’s game.
If you have been a baseball fan for any amount of time then you’re no stranger to Raul Ibanez.
When you head out to Comerica Park, you no doubt will see your fair share of Tiger jerseys.
“He’s going down basically to work out, see some live pitching, get some instruction …”
As most teams in the NFL, the Minnesota Viking’s have their fair share of stars.
For as long as I can remember the Michigan-Notre Dame game has been special.
I have never heard anyone speak badly about Fenway …
Indian’s outfielder Nick Swisher doesn’t hide the fact that he loves Ohio State!
Max Scherzer, who goes for his 20th victory today, is one of three pitchers ever in the history of the game to win his first 19 of 20 decisions.
While Lions fans continue to bask in the glow of throttling the Patriots on Thursday evening, there could be even more reason for excitement, that is if you trust one of the greatest Quarterbacks ever to play the game.
No matter what you think of Tim Tebow, whether you love him or hate him, there seems to be a pretty good chance that if you talk to him he will leave you with a message he has become famous for: “God Bless.”
I imagine when you have managed as many games as Jim Leyland has; you grow to hate some aspects of the game.
Early in the day news came out that former Tiger, Ryan Raburn had signed a two year extension with the Indians worth almost five million dollars.