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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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers blows a bubble as he watches his team take on the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on July 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

Jim Leyland - manager for the Detroit Tigers currently wears the number 10. (Getty Images)

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

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 08:  Nick Castellanos #1 of Team USA removes hit helmet after hitting a home run during the 6th inning of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 30: Robert Fick #5 of the Atlanta Braves looks on from the batter''s box against the Chicago Cubs during Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series on September 30, 2003 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cubs defeated the Braves 4-2. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

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

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 02: Hitting coach George Brett #5 of the Kansas City Royals watches from the dugout during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium on July 2, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 11: Chris Davis #19 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Texas Rangers on July 11, 2013 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 13: Gatorade is thrown over Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants and teammates of after he pitched a no-hitter during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 13, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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

Third baseman Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers throws to first for an out during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT - JULY 31: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yells into the Tigers dugout after being throw out of the game by homeplate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for throwing a pitch close to Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers after Carlos Guillen #9 solo homerun to right field at Comerica Park on July 31, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 22: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland #10 watches the action from the dugout during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on June 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Red Sox 10-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 14: Nate McLouth #9 of the Baltimore Orioles scores against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 14, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Orioles won, 2-0. Also pictured is catcher David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Is Baltimore’s Nate McLouth a Walmart Wolverine?

Orioles’ leadoff man Nate McLouth loves Michigan.

97.1 The Ticket–06/19/2013

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 30: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by manager Jim Leyland #10 after hitting a two run home run to right field scoring Miguel Cabrera #24 during the fifth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on April 30, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland #10 watches the action during the game against the Atlanta Braves on February 22, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Braves 2-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images)

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

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 01: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 31: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Tampa Bay Rays shrugs as he returns to the dugout after discussing the weather with the umpires and manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians during a rain delay at Progressive Field on May 31, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 15: Brandon Inge #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands ready at third base during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 15, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

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

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks readies to shoot under pressure from Kyle Quincey #27 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against Kyle Quincey #27 of the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on April 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Redwings 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - MAY 04: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings checks Toni Lydman #32 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 4, 2013 at Joe Lewis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Abdelkader was given a five minute major penalty for charging and a ten minute game misconduct penalty on the play (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 12: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from the dugout against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the six inning at Coliseum on April 12, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 21: Manager Jim Leyland #10 and Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 21, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 12: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from the dugout against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the six inning at Coliseum on April 12, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 17: Kyle Quincey #27 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 17, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09: Torii Hunter #48 of the Detroit Tigers smiles in the dugout after hitting his 2,000 Major League Hit during the fifth inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on April 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 7-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 31: Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines cuts down the net after their 79 to 59 win over the Florida Gators during the South Regional Round Final of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23: Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines coaches in the firts half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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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