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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Jim Leyland Finally Talks Jhonny Peralta

It’s obvious! The only reason for any media member to travel from Detroit to Cleveland was to get quotes about Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta as he just was suspended 30 minutes before everybody gathered at the park.

97.1 The Ticket–08/06/2013

Leyland Willing To Give His Number 10 To Iglesias [BLOG]

Leyland doesn’t seem to be the type to care about numbers, not even the one that he wears on his back.

97.1 The Ticket–08/02/2013

Don’t Expect To See Nick Castellanos Anytime Soon [BLOG]

Despite the Tigers having a team packed to the gills with stars, fans continue to be interested in who comes next.

97.1 The Ticket–07/31/2013

Former Tiger Robert Fick Admits to Trying Steroids

As we wait to see how baseball handles the post Ryan Braun suspension, former players seem to be coming out of the woodwork to tell their stories about performance enhancing drugs.

97.1 The Ticket–07/26/2013

What’s Detroit’s Version Of The ‘Pine Tar’ Incident?

These are the games where if you go up to any random Detroit fan and say these words, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.

97.1 The Ticket–07/25/2013

Jeff Riger: Let Them Cheat! I Don’t Care [BLOG]

I have no clue what’s happening with baseballs latest attempt to suspend players linked to Tony Bosch’s now-defunct Miami-area clinic.

97.1 The Ticket–07/19/2013

Detroit Tigers Should Go Get Tim Lincecum [BLOG]

Lincecum is not the pitcher that he used to be, if he was, the Giants would never think about trading him and even as I type this, I’m not sure I believe that they actually would.

97.1 The Ticket–07/17/2013

Jim Leyland Gets Yelled At By Fan For Resting Miggy

Miguel Cabrera had just finished almost a week of playing on artificial turf and his back was feeling it so Jim Leyland felt compelled to give him his first day off of the season.

97.1 The Ticket–07/09/2013

Jered Weaver Knows Tigers Fans Hate Him

Weaver was facing off against Justin Verlander and the game turned out to be one of the most memorable Tiger games in recent history.

97.1 The Ticket–06/26/2013

Jim Leyland’s Pet Peeves: Self-Seriousness And …

Whether you’re the manager of the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers or Tom from Royal Oak, everybody has something that bothers them to no end.

97.1 The Ticket–06/26/2013

Is Baltimore’s Nate McLouth a Walmart Wolverine?

Orioles’ leadoff man Nate McLouth loves Michigan.

97.1 The Ticket–06/19/2013

You Can Make Jim Leyland’s All-Star Lineup

We know Jim Leyland doesn’t like to talk about his lineups!

97.1 The Ticket–06/19/2013

Leyland On Closer Situation “This Is Days Of Our Lives Boys, We’ll Find Out Tonight”

Jim Leyland has made it clear; he’s not talking about his closer and I guess I don’t blame him.

97.1 The Ticket–06/18/2013

Three Things Learned From The Maurice Cheeks Press Conference About Joe Dumars

By now you know that the Pistons have officially named Maurice Cheeks as their new head coach.

97.1 The Ticket–06/13/2013

Valverde Gets The Focus But Verlander Can’t Throw 100MPH Anymore

Justin Verlander is not the same Justin Verlander anymore, even after his brilliant 7 inning, 3 hit scoreless performance against the Royals.

97.1 The Ticket–06/13/2013

Jhonny Peralta Looks Like 97.1’s Webmaster

Everybody has a doppelgänger and if you disagree then you obviously have never seen “How I Met Your Mother”.

97.1 The Ticket–06/07/2013

Joe Maddon, The Coolest Skipper Ever, Literally!

It’s no secret that Rays skipper Joe Maddon is out there.

97.1 The Ticket–06/05/2013

Brandon Inge Would Choose Detroit If Wings Faced Pens

Were you one of the many Detroiters that were sickened to see former Tiger Brandon Inge wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins Mario Lemieux jersey earlier in the week?

97.1 The Ticket–05/29/2013

The Blackhawks Have Underestimated The Wings And They Love Themselves!

After Thursday’s morning skate there is no doubt in my mind that the Blackhawks are shocked to be down in their series with the Wings and they truly love themselves.

97.1 The Ticket–05/23/2013

Hossa On Getting Booed and Other Morning Skate News

Oh how one game can change everybody’s perception!

97.1 The Ticket–05/20/2013

Wings And Ducks React To Abdelkader Suspension

Monday morning the Wings and Ducks held their pre-game skates in preparation of game 4 of their best of seven first round series.

97.1 The Ticket–05/06/2013

Jim Leyland On Manager Rants! [Blog]

You never want the Tigers to lose however when they do, particularly in heartbreaking fashion, you at least want the Skipper to go nuts.

97.1 The Ticket–04/30/2013

Jose Valverde Talks For The First Time

Tuesday afternoon after Manager Jim Leyland addressed the media and then new and former closer Jose Valverde talked for the first time before an ample amount of reporters.

97.1 The Ticket–04/25/2013

Leyland On Valverde; “It Will Be Nice To Write His Name On The Lineup Card!” (Video)

Word came down around 5:30 Tuesday afternoon that former Detroit closer Jose Valverde was joining the team again.

97.1 The Ticket–04/24/2013

Tigers Fans’ Favorite Pastime? Second Guessing The Skip

Even if the Tigers were in first right now with the best record in the game, fans would still bash Leyland because that is just what they do.

97.1 The Ticket–04/22/2013

The Red Wings Should Still Make You Proud!

With every game and week that passes it seems like the Wings, for the first time in 21 seasons will miss out on the playoffs.

97.1 The Ticket–04/19/2013

Stafford Rather Would Have Talent Around Him Than A Record Breaking Deal

Tuesday morning Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford spoke to the media and the main theme of the conversation was his “ongoing” contract talks.

97.1 The Ticket–04/16/2013

5 Good Minutes With Torii Hunter: ‘I Was Like ‘Be A Man’

“Both teams were cold, they are dome guys over there, so they might have been a little colder than we were, but it was really cold.”

97.1 The Ticket–04/12/2013

NCAA: Is Pitino or Beilein The Better Coach?

Well, as strange as this sounds, Pitino, to me is the coach who got away.

97.1 The Ticket–04/08/2013

Jeff Riger: I’m Sorry Mr. Beilein!

I doubted, ripped and even called for a coaching change when it comes to John Beilein coaching Michigan hoops.

97.1 The Ticket–04/02/2013



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