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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Titus Young asleep at a local AT&T store. (Photo: courtesy, Ryan Randolph)

Brandon Marshall On Titus Young: ‘We Shouldn’t Make Fun Of Him’

“When you see a guy struggling, we shouldn’t make fun of him” Marshall said.

CBS Detroit–11/06/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 21: Detroit Tigers President CEO General Manager David Dombrowski (L) and Jim Leyland speak during a press conference to announce Leyland's retirement as manager of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on October 21, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Did Dave Dombrowski Ask Jim Leyland About Brad Ausmus?

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.

97.1 The Ticket–11/04/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Jerry Jones, Owner, President and GM of the Dallas Cowboys attends the press conference for the 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away tour at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on September 9, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media)

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, Talks Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant and Heartbreaking Loss to Detroit

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/28/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys scores on a five yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo #9 during the second quarter ofd the game at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Dez Bryant Talks Sideline Blowup and Calvin Johnson

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/28/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 02: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Detroit Red Wings fires a shot in the second period while playing the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena on October 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Daniel Alfredson Talks About Taking On Ottawa For First Time Since Coming To Detroit

When long time Senator Captain Daniel Alfredson chose Detroit in the offseason, I was stunned.

97.1 The Ticket–10/23/2013

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers gets tagged out in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Prince Fielder: It’s Not Really Tough For Me, It’s Over [VIDEO]

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/20/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 26: Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon #8 watches batting practice during the afternoon workout at Comerica Park on October 26, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lloyd McClendon: Blaming Prince Is A Bunch Of Bologna [VIDEO]

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/19/2013

Leyland On Cabrera: It Kind Of Breaks Your Heart As A Manager

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/19/2013

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 12: Quintin Berry #50 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after stealing second base in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers Game One of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Quintin Berry: Beating The Tigers Would Make It All Worthwhile

Sometime during the remainder of the ALCS, Tigers fans will think or say, at least to themselves “God I wish we had QB back.”

97.1 The Ticket–10/17/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 15: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers sits in the dugout during Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Jim Leyland On Prince Fielder: “I Don’t Think He’s Done That Bad”

Jim Leyland changing his lineup before game four appeased a lot of Tiger’s fans.

97.1 The Ticket–10/17/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 15: Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his homerun with Jonny Gomes #5 in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Jonny Gomes: “Guys With Beards And Beards In General Are Pretty Tough”

Yeah, I know the Red Sox have that “beard thing” going for them and, I guess it’s kinda cool.

97.1 The Ticket–10/16/2013

Joe Buck, on left, and Cris Collinsworth during a press conference to announce the new NFL on Fox lead broadcast team at the News Corp Building in New York City. 5/2/02 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

Joe Buck Talks Tigers’ Rotation, Haters, Grand Slam Call

“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.”

97.1 The Ticket–10/15/2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Sportscaster Erin Andrews attends the Festa Italiana with Giada de Laurentiis opening night celebration of the third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival on August 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images)

Jeff Riger: Erin Andrews Was Not Creeped Out By Me; Video Proof

Instead it was the filthy, disgusting New York Post, who had the audacity to call me a “creeper!”

97.1 The Ticket–10/15/2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers talks to reporters in the dugout before the start of a game against the New York Mets on August 23, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Does Leyland Feel For Fans With 1PM Game 3 Start Time

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/07/2013

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers hands the ball to relief pitcher Drew Smyly #33 during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Tigers defeated the White Sox 1-0. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Leyland and Avila Asked If They Feel Guilty For Making So Much Money in Detroit

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/07/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: Torii Hunter #48 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during batting practice before the game against the Minnesota Twins on September 25, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Torii Hunter: ‘What You Did In The Regular Season Don’t Mean Jack’

If you saw the Tigers last series of the regular season, you too might be concerned about this team headed into the postseason!

97.1 The Ticket–10/02/2013

Torii Hunter #48 and Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate with champagne in the clubhouse after the Tigers defeated the Twins 1-0 on September 25, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers clinched the American League Central Division title. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

To The People Who Thought The Tigers Shouldn’t Have Celebrated So Much After Winning The Central [BLOG]

The moment you think that something will be universally loved is the exact moment when people start complaining.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/26/2013

Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers watches the action from the dugout during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on August 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Prince Fielder Swipes Fan’s Nacho In 5th Inning

Prince Fielder decided to grab a snack from an unsuspecting fan during Thursday’s game.

97.1 The Ticket–09/20/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 16:  Raul Ibanez #28 of the Seattle Mariners scores from second base on a single by Justin Smoak #17 of the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning at Comerica Park on September 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

“Tiger Killer” Raul Ibanez Remembers Tiger Stadium

If you have been a baseball fan for any amount of time then you’re no stranger to Raul Ibanez.

97.1 The Ticket–09/18/2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers talks to reporters in the dugout before the start of a game against the New York Mets on August 23, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Does Jim Leyland See People Wearing His Jersey?

When you head out to Comerica Park, you no doubt will see your fair share of Tiger jerseys.

97.1 The Ticket–09/18/2013

Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers runs back to the dugout in the eighth inning during the game aginst the Washington Nationals at Comerica Park on July 31, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Nationals 11-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Like It Or Not, Peralta Is Coming Back [BLOG]

“He’s going down basically to work out, see some live pitching, get some instruction …”

97.1 The Ticket–09/17/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions tries to outrun the tackle of Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 34-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jared Allen On Lions Offense “As Reggie Goes This Offense Will Go”

As most teams in the NFL, the Minnesota Viking’s have their fair share of stars.

09/09/2013

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Jeff Riger: The Michigan-Notre Dame Game Will Be Missed

For as long as I can remember the Michigan-Notre Dame game has been special.

97.1 The Ticket–09/06/2013

A general view of Fenway Park on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Fenway Park Ain’t That Great [BLOG]

I have never heard anyone speak badly about Fenway …

97.1 The Ticket–09/02/2013

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 29: Nick Swisher #33 celebrates with Jason Giambi #25 of the Cleveland Indians after Giambi hit a walk-off home run against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on July 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the White Sox 3-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Cleveland’s Nick Swisher Dogs Rich Rodriguez and Talks Michigan-OSU

Indian’s outfielder Nick Swisher doesn’t hide the fact that he loves Ohio State!

97.1 The Ticket–08/30/2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 24, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Who’s Having The Better Season: Cabrera Or Scherzer?

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.

97.1 The Ticket–08/29/2013

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

What Tom Brady Thinks About The Lions And Michigan

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.

97.1 The Ticket–08/23/2013

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Trying To Get Tim Tebow To Say “God Bless”

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.”

97.1 The Ticket–08/23/2013

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 15: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland #10 watches the action from the dugout during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on August 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 4-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Jim Leyland Revelation: There’s One Play He Really, Really Hates

I imagine when you have managed as many games as Jim Leyland has; you grow to hate some aspects of the game.

97.1 The Ticket–08/21/2013

DETROIT, UNITED STATES: Detroit Tigers' Juan Gonzalez hits a first home run in Comerica Park in Detroit in the third inning off Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Ryan Rupe with two on base. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Detroit’s Most Hated Tigers [BLOG]

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.

97.1 The Ticket–08/08/2013

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