Tony Ortiz

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Tony Ortiz started at WXYT in 1986 working as an intern from Specs Howard School of Broadcasting. After landing a position with the station, the Detroit native and Cooley High graduate, worked as a producer for Spartan basketball and football. Ortiz moved to WWJ Newsradio 950 in 1991 and went on to produce Detroit Lions football. Three years later Ortiz left Detroit to pursue work in Houston at KTRH. As a reporter and talk show host Ortiz covered everything from college football to gymnastics, including 2 NBA championship runs with the Houston Rockets. In 1999 Ortiz left KTRH to join Houston’s all sports station KILT.

Ortiz returned home to Detroit in 2001 and re-joined WWJ/WXYT. He is currently the morning drive sports anchor for WWJ Newsradio 950 and the Lions Beat Reporter and Sideline Reporter on 97.1 FM The Ticket.

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Sweet 16: Wolverines Will Take On Tennessee; Spartans To Clash With Virginia

U of M will take on the Volunteers of Tennessee on Friday night in Indianapolis, while Michigan State will clash with Virgina in New York City.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/24/2014

Matthew Stafford starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions. (Getty Images/Rob Carr)

Monday Night Football Putting Lions In National Spotlight

The Detroit Lions are in the national spotlight Monday night, with a spot in the postseason on the line.

97.1 The Ticket–12/16/2013

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 08: Defensive back Darius Slay #9 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs intercepts a pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter of a NCAA college football game on September 8, 2012 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Darius Slay Has Knee Surgery

According to various reports, Lions’ second round pick Darius Slay underwent arthroscopic surgery on one of his knees last Friday.

97.1 The Ticket–05/07/2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the interleague game on June 24, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Verlander To Start All-Star Game

A published report says Detroit Tigers pitching ace Justin Verlander will be the choice of AL Manager Ron Washington to get the start for the AL in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Kansas City.

97.1 The Ticket–07/09/2012

Ubisoft presents Marvel's Avengers Battle for Earth during the Ubisoft's media briefing at the E3 2012 in Los Angeles, California, on June 4, 2012. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the video game industry's biggest event, runs from June 5-7 in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

5 Best Superhero Movies

Yes, this isn’t the usual football column from me

97.1 The Ticket–06/29/2012

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 12: Riley Reiff #71 of the Detroit Lions gets instructions during a rookie mini camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Five Detroit Lions Storylines For Training Camp

With just over five weeks to go before training camp begins for the Lions in Allen Park, here’s five storylines to watch for in the coming months.

97.1 The Ticket–06/19/2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01: Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions rushes against Evan Dietrich-Smith #62 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Initial Thoughts On Nick Fairley’s Statement

This is a solid first step for Fairley, to acknowledge that what he did was wrong and to step up and take responsibility for what happened in Alabama over Memorial Day weekend.

97.1 The Ticket–06/08/2012

DETROIT , MI - JANUARY 16: Jim Schwartz, center, head coach of the Detroit Lions poses with General Manager Martin Mayhew, left, and Tom Lewand team president after a press conference to introduce him as the Lions new head coach on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Will The Lions Draft The Best Available?

This is a tough time of the year for reporters who cover NFL teams.

97.1 The Ticket–04/20/2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions dives toward the endzone during the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium September 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

An Interesting Offseason For The Lions

By: Tony Ortiz It should be a very interesting first week of off-season workouts for the Lions, as the players will assemble in Allen Park, beginning on Monday. Among the issues that will be discussed […]

97.1 The Ticket–04/13/2012

Nick Fairley (L) talks with his teammates(

What The Lions Can Learn From Their Marijuana Mistake

In fact, the first question that should be asked of Leshoure, Fairley and Culbreath is this: is marijuana worth losing a way of life that so few men are able to enjoy?

97.1 The Ticket–04/04/2012

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 25:  Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions looks for a open reciever while playing the New England Patriots on November 25, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz: Detroit Lions Roster Concerns

Here’s a look at some of the Lions roster concerns going into the start of free agency in the NFL.

97.1 The Ticket–03/13/2012

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos tries to escape the grasp of linebacker Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Detroit Lions at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 45-10. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz: Lions Free Agents

With the NFL season winding down, it’s time to look at which Lions players will become free agents in the off-season.

97.1 The Ticket–01/18/2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Doug Hogue #57 of the Detroit Lions sits on the bench with a towel on his head against the New Orleans Saints during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz: Lions’ Three Major Weaknesses Exposed

They couldn’t stop the run, they couldn’t run the ball and they had shaky depth in the secondary. That last one was damaging.

97.1 The Ticket–01/09/2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: Defensive tackle Jovan Haye #71 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on October 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz: Lions Sign Jovan Haye

With Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Lawrence Jackson set to miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, the Lions add some depth to their defensive line with the signing of defensive tackle Jovan Haye.

97.1 The Ticket–12/09/2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04: Wide receiver Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions breaks a tackle by cornerback Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz’ NFC Playoff Picture

As the NFL heads into the final four weeks of the regular season, here’s a look at the five contenders for the final three playoff spots in the NFC.

97.1 The Ticket–12/07/2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Jim Schwartz leads the Detroit Lions against the Denver Broncos Sports Authority at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 45-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz: Schwartz Talks About Suh’s Meeting

“You know, we’re real proud of him for representing our team. He’s a good guy and a really good teammate.”

97.1 The Ticket–11/01/2011

The Broncos Practice Field Today Covered In Snow

Tony Ortiz: Snowy In Denver

Interesting fact about Sunday’s game in Denver: the Lions haven’t won a regular season contest played in the Mile High City since 1971, when they beat the Broncos 24 -20.

97.1 The Ticket–10/26/2011

Nick Fairley (L) talks with his teammates(

Nick Fairley Doesn’t Know If He’ll Play Monday

It has been reported that Nick Fairley will play on Monday night. 97.1 The Ticket’s Tony Ortiz spoke with Nick Fairley moments ago and he said he has no idea if he will play Monday.

97.1 The Ticket–10/06/2011

Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions  (File photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz: Overheard From The Lions After The Win Over The Vikings

Center Dominic Raiola, on where this win ranks for him since he was drafted by the Lions back in 2001

97.1 The Ticket–09/26/2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions stands on the sidelines against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Detroit won 16-6.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz With His 2011 NFL Predictions

With the NFL season set to start on Thursday, it’s time for one more set of predictions on the upcoming year.

97.1 The Ticket–09/07/2011

Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Tony Ortiz Predicts The Lions 53-Man Roster

Here’s my guess at what the Lions 53-man roster could look like, when the final roster cut-down takes place on Saturday.

97.1 The Ticket–08/30/2011

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