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Detroit Tigers, Red Wings will stay on 97.1 The Ticket for foreseeable future

The Detroit Tigers and Red Wings will remain on the airwaves with 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) for the foreseeable future, thanks to a new multi-year radio broadcast partnership extension.

The agreement keeps 97.1 The Ticket as the flagship station of both teams, airing regular season and postseason games. The multi-year extension was announced Tuesday by Entercom Communications Corporation.

“We are extremely pleased to extend our partnership with Entercom Detroit, ensuring loyal Red Wings and Tigers fans have unmatched access to their favorite teams, athletes, and personalities,” Chris Granger, Ilitch Holdings' Group President of Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement.

[ 97.1 The Ticket renames broadcast studio in honor of Jamie Samuelsen ]

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has a laugh with 97.1 The Ticket's Pat Caputo and Dan Dickerson on Tiger Talk, during the Detroit Tigers' TigerFest at Comerica Park in Detroit on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

“97.1 The Ticket does an incredible job of engaging sports fans in metro Detroit on a daily basis," Granger added, "and we are thrilled to bring Red Wings hockey and Tigers baseball to fans across the great state of Michigan through Entercom’s extensive radio networks, unique behind-the-scenes podcasts, and exciting live events.”

The partnership between the Tigers, Red Wings and 97.1 The Ticket for play-by-play broadcasts of games began in 2001. Dan Dickerson and Jim Price are the broadcasters for the Tigers; Ken Kal and Paul Woods call the Red Wings' games.

[ Rico Beard to join Mike Valenti on 97.1 The Ticket afternoon sports program ]

“The Tigers and Red Wings are two of the best sports partners in the business, and the Ilitch organization has been a major part of the comeback of Detroit,” Debbie Kenyon, Entercom Detroit's Senior Vice President and Market Manager, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with these two local powerhouses and remain as the go-to home for both franchises’ fanbases, delivering year-round content that our listeners crave.”

The Pistons joined 97.1 The Ticket in 2017, coinciding with their move to downtown Detroit, but were not part of the extension.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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97.1 The Ticket renames studios after late host Jamie Samuelsen

FOX 2 - It has been two months since we lost our friend longtime Detroit sports radio host and FOX 2 contributor Jamie Samuelsen to colon cancer. And on Wednesday, the tributes continued.

"I am pleased to say that now on, this show and every show in this place will broadcast from The Jamie Samuelsen Studios," said host Mike Stone.

97.1 The Ticket renames studio for late sports talk fixture Jamie Samuelsen

It has been two months since we lost our friend longtime Detroit sports radio host and FOX 2 contributor Jamie Samuelsen to colon cancer. And on Wednesday, the tributes continued.

Samuelsen's wife Christy McDonald joined the conversation for her reaction moments later saying, "What a wonderful announcement just to know that his name is going to be on that studio."

His wife Christy let the listeners know that she and their children are okay and taking things one day at a time. 

For Stone and the rest of the crew at 97.1, naming the studio after Jamie was something that had been in the works and they are happy it came to fruition.

Jamie Samuelsen, wife Christy McDonald and their children.

"It just seemed like the natural thing to do and everyone got on board," he said. "Debbie Kenyon our marketing manager, Jimmy Powers our program director, and our Entercom company all agreed to it. It is seamless and it flows off the tongue, 'The Jamie Samuelsen Studios.'"

As for what Jamie would think about all of this:

"He would say much ado about nothing," Stone quipped. "He would be very grateful. It is low-key and the fact that it is low-key and not grandiose suits him perfectly."

Low-key but also a reminder of Jamie's style, you don't have to be bombastic to get your point across. A lesson in radio, and more importantly, in life. 

"He had a dry wit about him and he was very smart," Stone said. "If The Jamie Samuelsen Studios can exude smartness - if that is a word - see I'm not as smart as him, I don't know if that word fits, but that would be perfect. He was smart, funny, kind, and caring."

And one more thing, Stone said that Jamie, who died from colon cancer, would want everyone to get their colonoscopies.

Jamie Samuelsen was a longtime contributor to the FOX 2 Sports family.

Jamie Samuelsen was a longtime contributor to the FOX 2 Sports family.

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TigerTalk Show Continues on 97.1 "The Ticket" Tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.

DETROIT- The Tigers annual hot stove radio show continues tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. on "The Ticket" (97.1 FM) and online at www.tigers.com.

January 10th, 2017

DETROIT- The Tigers annual hot stove radio show continues tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. on "The Ticket" (97.1 FM) and online at www.tigers.com. Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila will be a special guest on tomorrow's edition of TigerTalk.

The one-hour TigerTalk Show, hosted by long-time Tigers radio voice Dan Dickerson and 97.1 talk show host Pat Caputo, will air weekly leading up to Spring Training. The show features the latest news from the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball in preparation for the 2017 season. Each installment of TigerTalk will be available as a podcast the following day on tigers.com.

The remaining TigerTalk Show schedule is listed below:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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Late August brings a glad-to-be-alive reminder for Terry Foster, a former Detroit sportscaster and columnist who reflects on mortality and life-work balance for a second straight day.

Terry Foster: "I felt like an outcast."

"This week marks the four-year anniversary of my life changing forever," the retired journalist posts at his blog, recalling a close call that put him in Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital at age 57 with what turned out to be a relatively mild stroke.

An earlier post Tuesday describes changes in lifestyle, diet and weight since that scare. (Linked excerpts are below.)

His follow-up, headlined "I regret returning to 97.1," shares bitter sentiments about past sports talk radio colleagues and their station -- WXYT-FM, which calls itself 97.1 The Ticket.

The former Detroit News columnist was back at the mic on "Valenti & Foster," a weekday call-in talk show, in January 2017, nearly five months after his summer stroke. He quit that April.

I should have stayed gone. ... I was like those poor boxers who kept making unsuccessful comebacks.

I felt like an outcast and wanted to quit a week into my return. I was in a very emotional state and wondered why none of my radio partners visited me at the hospital when I needed them most. That really bothered me. ...

To be honest, I never want to be on that station again. I don't even want to set foot in that building. I may tell you why in a future post.

In a response to tweets, Foster adds: "The media guys who really reached out to me were Rob Parker and Wojo," referring to Detroit News sports columnist Bob Wojnowski, co-host of a 45-minute evening show at WXYT with Jeff Riger.

The 61-year-old blogger says retiring is "the best decision I’ve made the last five years. ... Why risk [health] by being in a place where you are not wanted?"

Coverage of his Tuesday post:

Stroke survivor Terry Foster puts a stark headline atop life-and-death reflections: "Sports journalism can be hazardous to your health."

Terry Foster at Comerica Park (2017): "I ate well during my many years on the road." (Photo: Facebook)

The 61-year-old West Bloomfield retiree looks back at his career and recalls lost colleagues.

You are always chasing that next deadline and eager to attend that next press briefing, no matter how insignificant it was.

Many of us juggled two jobs and taking care of your health became a low priority. You never wanted to step off the roller coaster because of fear of missing something important.

I ate well during my many years on the road. But I did not eat healthy.

He recalls road meals of cheese steak, fried food, meat loaf, macaroni and cheese, as well as "the night I joined a bunch of sportswriters from Detroit and New York as we did 12 shots each."

My weight hovered around 225 pounds and got as high as 242 pounds.

Foster retired in April 2017, eight months after a mild stroke at age 57. The Detroit native was a newspaper sportswriter and columnist for 36 years, including at the Detroit Free Press for six years in th 1980s and The Detroit News for more than two decades. He also co-hosted "Valenti & Foster," a sports talk radio show on 97.1 The Ticket (2004-17).

He tells what prompts Tuesday's blog post on lifestyle and mortality:

After the [Aug. 1] death of 97.1 radio host Jamie Samuelsen, 48, my wife Abs asked is there something up with my profession? Why are people dying so young?

Foster lists four others no longer alive, including Detroit columnists Bryan Burwell and Drew Sharp.

The former 242-pounder eats differently now and is in a lower weight class.

I discovered after my stroke that food did not have to be fried, filled with sodium and come delivered after midnight to taste good. And I did not have to eat a ton of it to feel filled. My weight got as low as 186 pounds.

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For the AM radio station, see WXYT (AM).

Sports radio station in Detroit

Radio station in Detroit, Michigan

WXYT-FM (97.1 MHz "97.1 The Ticket") is a commercial FMradio station in Detroit, Michigan, serving Metro Detroit and much of Southeast Michigan. It airs a sports radioformat and is owned by Audacy, Inc. WXYT-FM's studios and offices are located in the nearby suburb of Southfield.

WXYT-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 15,000 watts. The transmitter site is off Greenfield Road near Interstate 696 (Walter P. Reuther Freeway) on Southfield's eastern side, co-located with the tower for WDIV-TV.[2] In addition to its standard analog transmission, WXYT-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format; sister stationWWJ is on their HD2 sub-channel, and WXYT is on their HD3 sub-channel.[3] It is also available online via Audacy, with live video feeds of its weekday shows available via Twitch from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (although the Twitch feed instead plays public domain music during commercial breaks and excludes copyrighted material such as press conference clips).[4]


WXYT-FM is the flagship station of the Detroit Tigersbaseball team,[5] the Detroit Pistonsbasketball team,[6]the Detroit Red Wingshockey team[7] and the Michigan Wolverines football and Michigan Wolverines men's basketball (NCAA) teams. WXYT-FM will also be the flagship station for the Detroit Lions football network starting with the 2021 season.[1] WXYT-FM carries The NFL on Westwood One.

Local sports talk shows are heard during the day and evening, with hosts including Mike Valenti, Doug Karsch, Bob Wojnowski and Mike Stone. Overnight and weekends, WXYT-FM carries programming from the CBS Sports Radio Network.


Early history[edit]

W45D began regular broadcasts on May 13, 1941[8]

The station began regular operations on the FM dial on May 13, 1941. It originally had the call sign W45D, licensed to the Evening News Association, publishers of The Detroit News. However, the station can trace its origin to an earlier AM "ultra-high short-wave" station, W8XWJ, which operated as an experimental "Apex" broadcasting station beginning on January 29, 1936.[9] W8XWJ was shut down in April 1940 in order to prepare for its replacement by the new FM facility,[10] which inherited the earlier station's studios and offices in the Penobscot Building, as well as its transmitter site atop the building.[11]

On October 31, 1940 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarded the first fifteen commercial FM station construction permits, including an assignment on 44.5 MHz in Detroit to the Evening News Association,[12] which was issued the call sign W45D.[13] Although the newspaper wanted to get the station on the air as soon as possible, it was forced to delay the debut after the FCC began an investigation as to whether newspaper ownership of radio stations should be restricted.[14]

On May 6, 1941 the News was one of three newspapers given provisional permission, pending the outcome of the newspaper ownership review, to begin station operations.[15] Following a short period of equipment tests, W45D began broadcasting on a regular schedule as Michigan's first FM station on May 13, 1941, when it launched a limited service of eight hours a day from noon to 8:00 p.m.[16] An "informal dedication" program was broadcast six days later.[17] Effective November 1, 1943, the FCC modified its policy for FM call signs,[18] and the station call letters were changed to WENA.

After the FCC created the new 88-108 MHz FM broadcast band, WENA was moved to 96.9 in September 1945. In 1947, the station settled on its present 97.1 assignment, and the call letters were changed to WWJ-FM, with programming originally simulcasting WWJ. By the end of the 1960s WWJ-FM had separated programming and begun airing a beautiful music format with programming coming from Schulke Radio Productions (SRP), with which it enjoyed high ratings despite a glut of easy-listening competition in the market from stations such as WLDM, WJR-FM, WNIC and WOMC. In addition, during the 1970s WWJ-AM simulcast WWJ-FM's programming during overnight hours.

Joy 97[edit]

In November 1981, WWJ-FM changed its call letters to WJOI, which helped it distinguish itself more from its AM all-news sister station. WJOI's format remained beautiful music, although the station changed syndicators from the "FM 100 Plan" (distributed by Chicago's successful beautiful music station WLOO) to the Bonneville and later Schulke packages.

WJR-FM's change to "Hot Hits" WHYT in September 1982 left WJOI (nicknamed "Joy 97") as Detroit's only beautiful music station. As a result, WJOI enjoyed consistent top ten or top five showings in the Arbitron ratings through most of the rest of the 1980s, and even reached #1 12+ in the Arbitron results in the spring 1984 book (1), topping WJR, at a time when the beautiful music format had nearly disappeared in other markets. Listenership eroded slightly in the late 1980s with the success of former Top-40 giant CKLW-AM's "Music of Your Life" format, but Joy 97 remained a consistent top performer in the ratings.

However, most of the station's listeners were older than the demographics usually courted by advertisers. Thus, in early 1991, the station made some adjustments to its format, dropping the syndication and going to a staff of live announcers and at the same time adding more soft pop and mellow rock vocals to the mix while replacing many of the traditional orchestra-based instrumentals with new-age and smooth jazz cuts. The "freshening up" of the format, however, did not reverse the station's fortunes, and ratings steadily declined. By early 1994, the station was essentially a mostly-vocal soft adult contemporary format.

The WJOIcall sign is now in use at an AM Christian talk/music station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

CBS Radio bought WJOI and WWJ-AM from Federal Broadcasting in 1989.[19]

Star 97[edit]

With the soft AC approach failing to make the station a contender against WNIC and WLTI, WJOI became WYST ("Star 97") on September 2, 1994, and featured a 1970s oldies/classic hits format.[20] WYST positioned itself as "The Greatest Hits of the '70s," although the station did branch its playlist out somewhat into the late '60s and early '80s. WYST was also Detroit's outlet for syndicated morning show host Don Imus.

97-1 K-Rock/Live 97-1 Free FM[edit]

On February 3, 1997, Imus' show moved to AM sister WXYT 1270, making room for The Howard Stern Show. WYST switched its format to Active Rock, as "97ROCK" (later taking the call letters WKRK and the on-air identifier "97-1 K-Rock" in June of that year).[21] Competing with WRIF (Detroit's other active rock station), "K-Rock" caught the ears of fans of harder rock and metal. However, K-Rock's penchant for making fun of WRIF, mostly for long stretches between songs, turned off many a listener just as quickly. Ratings continued to be less than impressive, and on August 31, 1998, WKRK repositioned itself as "Extreme Radio" with its format evolving toward Hot Talk.[22]

By March 1999, the majority of the station's music programming on weekdays was gone and the station soon took on the name "97-1: Detroit's FM Talk Station". This was later changed to simply "97.1 FM Talk". During this period it carried syndicated talk shows such as Loveline, The Tom Leykis Show, and Mancow's Morning Madhouse, as well as local shows. WKRK relaunched as "Live 97.1" in May 2003. In August 2004, WKRK became the flagship radio station for the Detroit Lions.

In October 2005, WKRK added the "Free FM" identifier being used by CBS Radio on many of its hot-talk properties across the country. Once Howard Stern left for Sirius Satellite Radio on January 3, 2006, WKRK began airing Rover's Morning Glory in morning drive. Rover continued as the morning show until September 2006, when low ratings led to a switch to the syndicated Opie and Anthony.

Detroit's Sports Powerhouse/97-1 The Ticket[edit]

On October 1, 2007 at 3 p.m., WKRK ended its eight-year run as a hot talk station and flipped to an all-sports format, simulcasting with 1270 WXYT and changing its call letters to WXYT-FM with the simulcast named "97-1 FM & 1270 AM: Detroit's Sports Powerhouse".[23] Of its "Free FM" lineup, Deminski & Doyle were moved to mornings and Bill McAllister remained.

A month later, the simulcast was renamed to "97-1 FM The Ticket" on November 6, 2007, with the 1270 AM frequency only being mentioned at the top of the hour. Additionally, the midday show "The Big Show" and afternoon show "The Sports Inferno" had their names dropped and were renamed to "Karsch & Anderson" and "Valenti & Foster" respectively. "Deminski & Doyle" left for WCSX after their contract expired on December 31, 2007, so the previously cancelled "Motor City Middays" from WKRK returned as "Motor City Mornings" with Bill McAllister and Jay Towers reprising their roles. "Motor City Mornings" was shortly renamed to "Jay Towers & Bill McAllister Mornings" before it was standardized to "Jay & Bill". The name changes were done to "promote the personalities."

On February 5, 2009, WXYT acquired the rights to become the Detroit Pistons flagship station starting in the 2009-2010 season. WWJ 950 AM covered Pistons games when they conflicted with The Ticket's coverage of Lions, Tigers, or Red Wings games.[24] 1270 AM also provided, and continues to provide, coverage of Tigers or Red Wings game in case of conflicting schedules.

Jay Towers left WXYT in December 2009, and the show was renamed "The Morning Show" with Bill, Sara, and former WDFN personality Mike "Stoney" Stone, filling in. The show was then renamed to "Stoney & Bill" by November 2010. More former WDFN personalities, Jamie Samuelsen and Bob "Wojo" Wojnowski, were added to the station in January 2013 to fill the early evening shift (6pm-8pm) with "Jamie & Wojo".

On November 20, 2015, it was announced that the Detroit Lions would move to WJR beginning in the 2016 NFL season, ending the team's 20-year relationship with CBS Radio. Officials stated that CBS had dropped the Lions over demands that it censor on-air content that was critical of the team. In particular, the Lions specifically demanded that the station fire popular on-air personality Mike Valenti as a condition of any extension to its broadcast rights, which the station refused to do; Valenti has had a history of making remarks critical of the Lions and their poor performance.[25][26]

Bill McAllister left the morning show in September 2016 and was replaced by Jamie Samuelsen. Kyle "Bogey" Bogenschutz would replace Samuelsen for the evening show alongside Wojo. In April 2017, Terry Foster retired from afternoon drive co-hosting duties with Mike Valenti after a brief return.

After three seasons on WMGC-FM, Detroit Pistons basketball returned to WXYT, beginning with the 2017-18 season.[27] On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[28] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on November 17.[29][30]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Entercom laid off numerous personalities at the station such as Dennis Fithian, Ryan Wooley, and Kyle Bogenschutz. Bogenschutz would be replaced with Jeff Riger as Wojo's evening co-host for "Wojo & Riger". On August 1, 2020, Jamie Samuelsen unexpectedly died of colon cancer. A few days later, Rico Beard joined afternoons for what is now known as "The Valenti Show with Rico". With Samuelsen's unexpected death, the station's studio was renamed to "The Jamie Samuelsen Studios" and former offensive tackle Jon Jansen would later fill the vacancy, renaming the show to "Stoney & Jansen". On December 18, 2020, it was announced that Detroit Lions football would return to the station for the 2021 NFL season.[1]




  1. ^ abcInsideRadio.com "Detroit Lions Return to WXYT-FM" Dec. 18, 2020
  2. ^Radio-Locator.com/WXYT-FM
  3. ^https://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?latitude=42.322261810303&longitude=-83.176307678223 HD Radio Guide for Detroit
  4. ^97.1 The Ticket Twitch channel
  5. ^"TV and Radio Affiliates (Detroit Tigers)". mlb.com. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  6. ^Detroit Pistons Radio NBA.com
  7. ^"Detroit Red Wings Radio Affiliates". nhl.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^"W45D" (advertisement), Detroit News, May 13, 1941, page 13.
  9. ^"New Era in Radio Entered as W8XWJ Takes to the Air" by George W. Stark, Detroit News, January 30, 1936, pages 1, 4.
  10. ^"New System For W8XWJ", Detroit News, April 14, 1940 page 14.
  11. ^Reflecting the close link between W8XWJ and W45D, beginning on March 17, 1941 a line in the masthead of the Detroit News was changed from "W8XWJ Established Jan. 29, 1936" to "High frequency service (now W45D) established Jan. 29, 1936".
  12. ^"New FM Call Letters Proposed", Broadcasting, November 15, 1940, page 77.
  13. ^The initial call sign policy for FM stations included an initial "W" for stations east of the Mississippi River, followed by the last two digits of a station's assigned frequency, "45" for "44.5 MHz" in this case, and closing with a one or two letter city identifier, which for Detroit area stations was "D".
  14. ^"FCC Starts Newspaper Ownership Drive", Broadcasting, March 24, 1941, page 7.
  15. ^"Three Newspapers Get FM Stations", Broadcasting, May 12, 1941, page 26.
  16. ^"FM Station Is on the Air", Detroit News, May 13, 1941, page 1.
  17. ^"Dedication of W45D Set", Detroit News, May 18, 1941, General News section, page 3.
  18. ^"Standard Broadcast Station Call Letters for All Outlets Starting Nov. 1, FCC Rule", The Billboard, September 4, 1943, page 7.
  19. ^"CBS Celebrates Christmas With $55 Million Motor City Combo", Radio & Records, December 23, 1988, page 9.
  20. ^"WJOI Dodges 'Arrow' in '70s Switch", Radio & Records, September 9, 1994, pages 3, 22.
  21. ^"Motor City Moves: WYST Flips To Rock With Stern In Mornings; Imus On 'XYT", Radio & Records, February 7, 1997, page 3.
  22. ^"Rumbles, Pt. 1", Radio & Records, September 4, 1998, page 25.
  23. ^"97.1 Free FM Becomes 97.1 The Ticket - Format Change Archive". formatchange.com. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  24. ^"Detroit Pistons Radio Network". Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  25. ^"CBS Detroit: Lions censorship demands caused split". The Detroit News. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  26. ^"Want to listen to the Lions in 2016? Tune in to WJR-AM". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  27. ^http://www.talkers.com May 25, 2017
  28. ^"CBS Radio To Merge With Entercom - RadioInsight". radioinsight.com. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  29. ^"Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  30. ^Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.

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The doctor turned out to be either a trainee, or only from a medical institute, such a handsome young man.

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