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.
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.