Detroit Lions Radio Network

The Detroit Lions Radio Network is a radio network that broadcasts all of the NFL's Detroit Lions games and related programming.[1] All preseason, regular season, and postseason games are aired live throughout the network. WJR (760 AM) in Detroit is its flagship station.[2] As a maximum power clear-channel station, WJR can be heard carrying Lions games from hundreds of miles away on clear nights. The announcers are WJBK (Fox 2) sports director Dan Miller with play-by-play and former Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown with color commentary.[3][4] Network coverage begins one hour before game time and ends one hour after the game's conclusion.

Affiliate stations

Detroit Lions radio affiliates
Map of radio affiliates.
City Callsign Frequency
Alma WFYC 1280 AM
Alpena/Rogers City WRGZ 96.7 FM
Ann Arbor WTKA 1050 AM
Big Rapids WBRN 1460 AM
W299BE 107.7 FM
Cadillac WKAD 93.7 FM
Cass City WIDL 92.1 FM
Cheboygan WCHY 95.3 FM
Detroit WJR 760 AM
Escanaba WYKX 104.7 FM
Flint WTRX 1330 AM
Glen Arbor/Manistee WGFN 98.1 FM
Grand Haven WGHN 1370 AM
W235CM 94.9 FM
Grand Rapids WTNR 107.3 FM
Grayling WQON 100.3 FM
Hancock WGLI 98.7 FM
Hillsdale WCSR 1340 AM
WCSR-FM 92.1 FM
Holland WHTC 1450 AM
W259CO 99.7 FM
Houghton WCCY 1400 AM
W257CZ 99.3 FM
Iron Mountain WIMK 93.1 FM
Ironwood WJMS 590 AM
Jackson WIBM 1450 AM
W270CJ 101.9 FM
Kalamazoo WKZO 590 AM
W295CL 106.9 FM
Lansing WJIM 1240 AM
Manistique WTIQ 1490 AM
Marquette WUPK 94.1 FM
Muskegon WLCS 98.3 FM
Newberry/Sault Ste. Marie WNBY-FM 93.9 FM
Ontonagon WUPY 101.1 FM
Oscoda WWTH 100.7 FM
Petoskey WMBN 1340 AM
Port Huron WPHM 1380 AM
WHLX 1590 AM
Saginaw/Midland/Bay City WKQZ 93.3 FM
Sandusky WTGV-FM 97.7 FM
South Haven WCSY 103.7 FM
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor WSJM 1400 AM
WSJM-FM 94.9 FM
Sturgis WBET-FM 99.3 FM
Toledo, Ohio WTOD 106.5 FM
Traverse City WCCW 1310 AM

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Satellite radio

Games are also aired on Sirius XM Radio

Internet radio

Games are also available online with a subscription NFL Game Pass.

History

  • Dan Miller has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Lions since 2005.[1] Miller succeeded Mark Champion, who had called play-by-play for the team from 1989-2004.[5]
  • Van Patrick called play-by-play from 1950 until his death in 1974.[6]
  • Other past announcers for Lions radio include Frank Beckmann and Bob Reynolds.
  • Jim Brandstatter was the Lions' radio color commentator from 1987–2017.[7][3]
  • Tony Ortiz provided Lions sideline reports from 2001 until 2016.[2] He produced Lions games broadcasts from 1991-1994.[8]
  • WXYT-AM was the sole flagship station of the network from 1998-2004.
  • In 2005, the Lions' flagship became an FM station for the first time in their history, when a long term agreement was signed with WKRK (now WXYT-FM).
  • Detroit's WWJ was the team's flagship station prior to 1998, and continued to simulcast WXYT-AM's broadcasts prior to the team's move to WKRK. Prior to 1989, WJR had served as the Lions' radio flagship.
  • Former names of the network include "The WXYT 1270 Detroit Lions Radio Network", "The WKRK Detroit Lions Radio Network", and "The Live 97.1 Detroit Lions Radio Network" (WKRK-FM is WXYT-FM's former callsign, and Live 97.1 is one of its former brandings).
  • WXYT-FM was the Lions' flagship from 2004–2015.
  • 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 team over demands that it censor on-air content that was critical of the team. In particular, the Lions specifically demanded that flagship station WXYT-FM fire popular on-air personality Mike Valenti as a condition of any extension to its broadcast rights since Valenti has had a history of making remarks critical of the Lions and their poor performance. WXYT-FM refused to do so, and he remains at the station.[2][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Detroit Lions Official Site: Detroit Lions Radio Network Affiliates
  2. ^ a b c "CBS Detroit: Lions censorship demands caused split". The Detroit News. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Detroit Lions radio: Jim Brandstatter out, Lomas Brown in on WJR-AM ''Detroit Free Press, July 10, 2018
  4. ^ a b "Want to listen to the Lions in 2016? Tune in to WJR-AM". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ Detroit Pistons Official Site - Announcers
  6. ^ Van Patrick On The Air
  7. ^ RE: Jim Brandstatter NFL.com, July 10, 2018
  8. ^ WWJ Radio - Our Staff
2008 Detroit Lions season

The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League (NFL), and their 75th as the Detroit Lions. The season is notable for being only one of four winless seasons in American football history (through 2008). The Lions entered their third season under head coach Rod Marinelli. Entering the season with high hopes thanks to their 7–9 record the year before, their best since the 2000 season, the Lions instead suffered one of the worst seasons in NFL history. Losing all sixteen games. The Lions finished 0–16, joining the expansion 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only other team to finish a full season winless since the AFL–NFL merger, as well as the first to do it since the schedule was expanded to sixteen games in 1978. Ironically, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings had won the Stanley Cup earlier in the year and were on their way to competing for the cup again when this occurred. This season combined with the Lions' 2–14 record the next year was the worst two season record since the merger. A season earlier, the Miami Dolphins almost suffered the same fate as the 2008 Lions,started 0-13, prior to their week 15 OT victory against the Baltimore Ravens that saved them from an 0-16 record.

The Lions gave up 517 points during the season, coming within 16 of matching the 1981 Colts' record of 533 points allowed. The Lions' 32.31 points per game allowed on defense is the third worst of any NFL team since the 1960s, bettering only the 1966 Giants (35.79 PPG) and the aforementioned 1981 Colts (33.31 PPG). The Lions were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by Week 11, when they stood 0–10. Embattled team president and CEO Matt Millen, who had served in those roles since 2001 was fired on September 24, 2008. Marinelli was fired after the season ended along with most of his staff.

To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets (as helmets were leather back then). This replaced their black alternate jersey used in the 2005 to 2007 seasons.

While unique when it happened, the 2008 Lions' 0–16 record was later matched by the 2017 Cleveland Browns, who went winless after going 1–15 the year before, breaking the Lions' record for the worst post-merger two season record.

2016 Detroit Lions season

The 2016 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 87th season in the National Football League (NFL), their 83rd as the Detroit Lions, and their third under head coach Jim Caldwell. On January 8, 2016, the Lions hired Bob Quinn as general manager. This was also the first season in over 40 years in which the Lions had an official cheerleading squad. The Lions improved upon their 7–9 record from 2015, and clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2014—the Lions finished tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last NFC playoff spot, but won the tiebreaker based on their record against common opponents. However, the Lions were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round extending their playoff losing streak to nine games.

Dan Miller (sportscaster)

Dan Miller (born January 26, 1963) is an American sportscaster based in Detroit, Michigan. He currently works as the sports director and anchor on WJBK ("Fox 2") and as a radio play-by-play announcer on the Detroit Lions Radio Network.

Detroit Lions Television Network

The Detroit Lions Television Network is a network of seven television stations (and one cable/satellite channel) in Michigan and Ohio that broadcast the NFL's Detroit Lions preseason games and related coverage. On May 21, 2015, the Detroit Lions announced a multi-year broadcast partnership with WJBK (Fox 2) and Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports Detroit produces the preseason game broadcasts with Fox 2 producing the pre-game and post-game segments. The games air live on Fox 2 and the rest of the Detroit Lions Television Network, with re-airings on Fox Sports Detroit. The wrap around shows' hosts are Fox 2 sports director and Lions radio announcer Dan Miller, former Lions wide receiver Herman Moore, and Fox 2 sports anchors/reporters Jamie Samuelsen, Jennifer Hammond, and Woody Woodriffe. The game announcers are sportscaster Matt Shepard with play-by-play, former Lions linebacker Chris Spielman with color commentary, and Fox 2 sports reporter Jennifer Hammond with sideline reports. The network also airs a live regular season pre-game show called Lions Game Day Live, while Fox Sports Detroit has a live regular season post-game show called Lions Live.

Jim Brandstatter

James Patrick Brandstatter is an American sports announcer. He is the radio play-by-play for the Michigan Wolverines football team. He held the position of color commentator for the Detroit Lions for 31 years until the end of the 2017 season. Brandstatter is also a sports television show host and former radio show host; both TV and radio shows about Michigan football. He played college football for the Wolverines, from 1969 to 1972, where he was a standout offensive tackle. Brandstatter has written two non-fiction books about UM experiences, both of which were best-sellers in the sports category. His other positions include the two-time president of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Brandstatter leaving the Detroit Lions radio broadcast was announced on July 10, 2018.

List of Detroit Lions broadcasters

The following is a List of broadcasters for the Detroit Lions, both past and present.

Miracle in Motown

The Miracle in Motown was the final play of an American football game between the NFC North divisional rivals Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The game, which was broadcast on television nationally on Thursday Night Football, was played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan during the 2015 NFL season. On the final play of regulation, with no time remaining on the game clock, Packers quarterback (QB) Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard (56 m) Hail Mary pass into the end-zone that was caught by tight end (TE) Richard Rodgers for the game-winning touchdown after (DE) Devin Taylor face masked Aaron Rodgers which resulted in a one additional play.

The play resulted in a dramatic 27–23 come-from-behind victory for the Packers, who had trailed 20–0 in the second half. The victory was the Packers fourth-largest comeback in franchise history. It was also the start of a 3–game winning streak that would help the Packers clinch their seventh consecutive postseason berth. The Lions would end the season with a record of 7–9 and fail to reach the playoffs.

Tony Ortiz

Tony Ortiz is a sportscaster and sports talk show host for CBS Radio owned sister stations WXYT-FM, WXYT-AM and WWJ in Detroit, MI.

WGLI

WGLI (98.7 FM) is an Active Rock formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Hancock, Michigan, serving the Keweenaw Peninsula. WGLI is owned and operated by Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

WNBY-FM

WNBY-FM (93.9 FM, "Oldies 93") is a classic hits/oldies music formatted radio station licensed to Newberry, Michigan, and serving the Sault Ste. Marie market. The station is owned and operated by Sovereign Communications. The station shares a call sign and ownership history with Newberry AM station WNBY 1450, which broadcasts a classic country format.

WNBY has operated on different frequencies over the years, starting at 93.5 FM, then 93.7 FM, and finally to its current frequency at 93.9 FM in 2004. For many years, WNBY-FM was a typical small-town full-service radio station, primarily serving Newberry and Luce County with a mixture of adult contemporary, country and oldies music plus local news and sports.

At the time of the station's move from 93.7 to 93.9 (along with a transmitter move eastward from Luce County into Chippewa County, north of Eckerman), WNBY-FM's format changed from adult contemporary to a 1960s and 1970s oldies format targeted primarily at Sault Ste. Marie, though the station retains offices in Newberry. The format change returned the Oldies format to the air in the Sault market, which had been without an oldies station since the end of the former "Memories 105.5" WADW (now WMKD). WNBY-FM's current 50,000 signal allows the station to be heard throughout the eastern Upper Peninsula, Algoma District in Ontario, Canada, and far northern portions of the Lower Peninsula. "Oldies 93" began as a traditional oldies station playing hit music from the 1950s through the 1970s, but has evolved toward more of a classic hits direction as of the summer of 2012, dropping pre-Beatles music and adding many 1980s titles to its playlist. Oldies 93 temporarily drops its regular format for continuous Christmas music between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, the only station in the Sault Ste. Marie area to do so.

Local on-air personalities at WNBY-FM include DJs Allison "Alli J" Miller", Allan Gibbs, Travis Freeman, Lydia McNiece and Mark SanAngelo, program host Lou Turco, and chief meteorologist Karl Bohnak. WNBY is a member of the Detroit Lions Radio Network and broadcasts all Detroit Lions NFL games to the Sault Ste. Marie radio market. The station runs syndicated radio shows hosted by Dick Bartley on weekends, including Dick Bartley's Classic Hits on Saturday nights and encore presentations of Casey Kasem's American Top 40: The 70s on Sunday mornings. Locally produced programming includes The Weekend Club with Lou Turco on Saturday mornings and The Good Buy Shopping Hour on Wednesday mornings. WNBY-FM broadcasts high school basketball games from the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference, and has also simulcasted select playoff games from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL hockey team in the past.

WQON

WQON (100.3 FM, "Q 100.3") is a radio station broadcasting an album-oriented rock (AOR) format. Licensed to Grayling, Michigan, the seat of government in Crawford County, it first began broadcasting in 1978. The station brands itself as Q-100.

As of October 2018, the station simulcasts its format on 99.3 WQAN in Beulah, Michigan.

WYKX

WYKX (104.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Escanaba, Michigan, it first began broadcasting in 1977 under the WFNN call sign. It is locally owned and operated by KMB Broadcasting, Inc along with adult standards sister station WDBC 680 AM.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, WFNN was "Fun 104," an automated Top 40 station. Most programming was separate from WDBC, with a few exceptions including simulcasts of Casey Kasem's American Top 40. Following the debut of WGLQ in 1982, the station switched to its current calls and format.

WYKX belongs to the Detroit Lions radio network and broadcasts every regular season home and away game for the central UP. The broadcast range is from Menominee to Marquette and Iron Mountain to Manistique. It can also be heard across Lake Michigan in parts of northern Lower Michigan, around Leland and Frankfort.

The KX (Kicks) Country Morning Show is hosted weekdays from 6-10 A.M. with Rick St. Nick.

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