It will be crazy not hearing V and F together anymore. Those guys were my mainstay afternoon radio show, basically through most of my adult life.
You could tell Terry was just not the same when he came back.
Best of luck T Fost!
It will be crazy not hearing V and F together anymore. Those guys were my mainstay afternoon radio show, basically through most of my adult life.
You could tell Terry was just not the same when he came back.
Best of luck T Fost!
Hope he enjoys retirement. Wonder what's next for the station. You know Valenti is making, or at least has to "OK" every move they make.
I thought Valenti and Riger were pretty good together
I enjoyed that dynamic a ton.
I've always been a big fan of Matt Dery. Not sure if he'd be welcomed back after trying his hand at 105.1, but when he's paired with someone he's a great listen.
Same with Wojo, his show by himself sucks. Solo radio is not good.
Don't think Dery will ever work for 97.1 again, but I could be wrong.
He seems very happy to be off radio and teaching/doing other stuff.
I think with the right offer, he'd come back.
From what I remember, he's bouncing between doing Oakland stuff and Cleveland. His heart is always with Detroit sports.
I swear I thought he was teaching high school something at U of D Jesuit. Is that not a thing anymore?
Don't get your hopes up. He'd return to radio in the right situation, but it definitely won't be 97.1. Don't think he would compliment Valenti well, either.
I am not sure what else Dery is up to at the moment but I do enjoy listening to his "Locked On Lions" Podcast everday
Wojo is horrible by himself. He needs a straight man and his knowledge of anything deeper than what his friends in the journalist community tell him about the Pistons, Red Wings, Lions etc is lacking.
is horrible no matter what.
His voice is like nails on a chalkboard. HAYYYYYY!!!!
When he comes on at Crosswalk, radio gets turned off.
They should really just re-pair him and Stoney.
You have both halves a popular long time duo, why not?
Wojo is really good in print, but on the radio he tries too hard to be funny. He's knowledgeable, but likes to play the fool on air.
Need Riger to blow his nose once in a while, but yeah, not bad.
All jokes aside, he's good and energetic, but I really got pissed off at his Barry Sanders take.
Riger isn't bad, except he's a complete buffoon. He claims to be a Michigan fan but he's a 97.1 Michigan fan, meaning he thinks all other Michigan fans who think highly of anyone in the program is a homer slappy. He also says Bo Schembechler is the most overrated coach in the history of college football.
But aside from that he's great.
He gets that from sitting too close to Sparty Mikey.
I don't like Riger much...the only thing that worked well with him and Valenti is that he got under V's skin when he really put the Michigan Homer hat on.
If I never hear another Riger Red Wings postgame "Talk about" interview, it'll be too soon.
It seemed that Foster never even tried after he got back. He clearly didn't do his homework and seemed to not get basic stuff right. This screams to me that he was pushed out the door.
AS for a replacement, it has to be Riger. I don't love him when he talks UM. Almost like Colbert with Republicans...a condensating facade put up to make fun of us...outside of UM, he and Valenti worked very well. He did his homework
Come on, "coldnjl." The guy comes back onto the radio from a stroke, which would probably have most of us collecting disability, and you say he "never even tried after he got back?"
Go root for Sparty...
grow up...i have an opinion that you disagree with...deal with it. I am quite sympathetic to his situation, but it isn't like he was well versed in the sporting world in Detroit before his stroke. He didn't pay attention to current events, openly admitted to not even watching the Red wings, and his in-depth discussions were garbage.
I liked it too, but I don't see those guys being able to exist together for even 12 months. It got toxic between them at points.
as asshole. i patient of mine works there and he just plays the "make fun of michigan" card when the show starts to get boring. if you are a michigan fan and you listen to him, you are just paying a sparty idiot... also hates detroit sports teams and the city. i will never know why detroiters listen to (and pay) some stupid new yorker to make fun of them....
...he's too young to be having health issues. Best wishes to the sane half of the Sports Doctors.
anyone but Riger.
They'll end up getting a spineless sap that Valenti can walk all over. The show will go more off the rails than ever. Giving Valenti autonomous power is a bad idea.
Why couldn't Mark Valenti retire...
But to your point, the station would be hurting big time without him.
Love him or hate him, he can carry a show and he's entertaining.
And for the most part, he is very critical even of his own team and not close to a slap like other personalities.
...were legendary. He would go on an on. Hilarious.
The same memories you had of those 2 I had of Stoney and Wojo. No idea why they broke those 2 up - that was a great pairing, a complete sports nerd with a guy who superficially knows sports but was great comic relief.
This is their show... Yup, got a lot with them too. I remember having those guys on 1130 AM with Baligian from 10-2, and then you could flip to Valenti and Foster if you didn't like the topic.
That's why I really enjoyed 105.1 when they were around. No idea what it was, but that morning show and afternoon with Ryan and Rico were great. Karsh and Anderson are so beyond stale.
Disagree with your assesment of Karsch and Anderson. They are the only guys who arent all hot takes and rants.
Level opinions, but the show itself is boring. They both lack any personality.
When they were in their prime, they were unbeatable. But at the end on WDFN, Stoney and Wojo got very stale. Wojo stayed away from radio for a bit, but Stoney came back first and went to the morning show. I don't think Wojo wants to deal with a morning show that early.
Always have to move personalities or find other combinations.
It's a total stunner that the 97.1 FM show is still together after so many years. They are basically impossible to listen to. I love the fact that V&F do a ton of different things, drops, games, etc...
Karch's show is, (11:27) Coming up at 11:43, you'll never guess what THIS Detroit fan did!
The morning show sucks. I ahte the half entertainment half sports feel of the show. Jamie and Stoney are far better than the previous cohosts though.
I loved Stoney and Wojo back in the day. But I find myself getting more easily annoyed at Stoney's high pitched whiny voice every other sentence these days. He's always talked like that but for some reason, it really gets on my nerves now.
I love Wojo. I'll never get tired of him. "Happy New Year, wooooo!"
...way back in the day. The Odd Couple. Rob was a blowhard (imagine that...) but Stoney was the perfect foil for him. He could get under Stoney's skin and drive him crazy. While I'm at it...who remembers Van Earl Wright middays with Jennifer Hammond on DFN?
I think they axed Stony and Wojo at the same time that Clear Channel was executing (and that is the right word) a national bloodletting across all of its stations nationwide. I think it was a 10% reduction of all staff, but I believe 1130 got hit the hardest. Knocked some guys off the air I was listening to out west, too.
Was that the same time they dropped all local programming completely, or did that happen later? Anyway, it was part of a much larger reduction, as sometimes happens in radio, and one that I suspect people regret given how many of the people that were laid off got rehired.
They killed all local talent on DFN at noon on January 20, 2009. The only reason I remember that was because I was driving around noon and heard the local show (Beligian, I think). I listened to Obama being sworn in, and went about my day. I came back to the office later that afternoon and flipped the station on again, and it was two boobs that I've never heard of on a national show.
He works out at the same gym I go to. Pre Stroke he was social and always talking with people. Post Stroke you could tell he just wasn't himself, like he lost a part of his self.
Hopefully he gets back to his self and this retirement is short lived.
Whenever Valenti was absent and Foster was solo for a show, he did a great job at taking calls and facilitating discussion, and I have to give him credit for it. He was easygoing, never combative, and disarming for the guests to freely speak their minds.
Aside from those opportunities, he was just the yes-man beta male to Valenti's alpha. What would frustrate my about Foster is that he'd talk about talking about something. E.g. "let me tell you this", "I will say this", "First of all, I'm gonna say this first", and so on.
Just say what you're going to say! You don't need to ask a girl to kiss her, you just kiss her. Likewise, you don't need to announce your intentions to make a statement, just say it. Why the pointless filler?
I don't expect anybody else to be as peeved by this as I was, but did you guys at least notice it?
I agree with the whole talk about talking stuff.
But as far as carrying a show by himself, Foster couldn't do it. He's a great complimentary piece.
That's what I'm saying; his monologues/soliloquys were never anything special to tune into, he'd just turn it over to the phones. It impressed me how casually and comfortably he could field calls.
It's like saying..."question..."...before asking a question. Drives me nuts
You don't need to ask a girl to kiss her, you just kiss her.
Funny - that's not what the judge told me when he signed the restraining order.
I think 97.1 should put Caputo on with Valenti.
I'd give it two days before one of them killed the other one or Valenti would just move back to New Jersey (finally).
God, what a scary thought. Valenti's never ending condescension combined with Caputo's mopey and dopey voice and his constant ability to cut callers off mid-sentence.
It would be Thunderdome.
Leach and Valenti. Would love to see them do it just to fuck with Valenti.
Or try Valenti with Champman or Lesson...any one of those three would make Mike really prove how much talent he has.
Being a stroke victum myself back in '08, I thought Terry did a great job coming back with no signs of Aphasia over the air. I still periodically mispronounce a word or two that I never did prior to my stroke. Good luck Terry, enjoying the life you deserve.
I'd love to have him replaced with Matt Dery too !
...now I can not stand to hear his voice. Caputo's next original thought will be his first.
Put Rico Beard...who I enjoyed on 105.1...together with his brother Rod Beard (Pistons beat writer) and call the show The Brothers. They teamed up one day on 105.1 when Ermanni was off and they were great. Funny, not too in love with their own voices, a bit edgy and a bit competitive.
Another idea...put Rico Beard (a State guy) together with Sam Webb. THAT would be fun.
Detroit sports talk is just bad period. Glad for Foster but he was one of the biggest reasons it sucked. Cool personality but didn't want to work hard anymore. (Even before the strokes)
UofMs own Karsh and Sparty Scott the Google Anderson, literally Google their info 10 mins before the show. I get why they spend so much time wondering what Gator did on the weekend or what's the best Halloween candy? It's because neither of them watch sports outside of the local teams. Gator still doesn't know what WHIP stands for in baseball.
Stoney probably spends the most time watching sports as all. But the guys jokes, and sense of humor is not for me. Kind of creepy. I was glad when they replaced McCalister for Jamie, knowing the mornings hearing about Bills old bartending days in Hamtramck or how callers are idiots are gone. With Jamie, at least the majority of the show is sports takes and interviews are back. I do miss the promotional games Bill would play though. (The price is wrong) etc.. winner of a weingartz toro snow blower here:) thanks Bill and Stoney.
Anyways as for the golden child of Detroit Sports talk. Michael Valenti. I guess I get his success. But he's not without flaws himself. There is no doubt he is the Kobe Bryant of the studio. And basically what he says goes.
As far as replacements for Foster, wouldn't be shocked to see Riger get it. No way Mike will work with Wojo fulltime. Personally I think
97.1 needs to go after Baligian. His voice is a bit annoying and he's pretty repitive. But as far as drive and sports knowledge. There's nobody better than Sean in Detroit. That's including Valenti.
Kyke Bogie - not ready and Mike wouldn't put up with his sex takes all show
Dan Leach - the fanboy lunatic would make us laugh but no way Mike goes for it.
Gregg Henson - never would happen but could you imagine?
Valenti needs someone he can control and won't make him look bad. That's why I think in the end it would be Riger.
I like Sean, and I liked his teaming up with Marc Fellhauer for the morning show on 105.1, but his hockey takes were too much. I like hockey, but I could care less about local non-professional teams. I can't see him with MIke however.
If you ever put Valenti and Henson together, you'd need to go hide in a bomb shelter. Even so, Henson would be gone within 6 months to find another venture. He doesn't stay in one place for very long before burning serious bridges.
I've never liked Samuelson. I've always thought he was a whiny pussy. Caputo is a blowhard who couldn't find his ass with both hands.
As for the rest of the guys, I have no opinion. I turned Detroit sports radio off almost 10 years ago, haven't looked back, and haven't regretted or missed it.
consider my predicament: over here in SW Michigan, it's either The Huge Show or Chicago sports talk.
For a city as big as Chicago, it's simply amazing that the best that either sports radio station has to offer is the nasal, whiney voice of the otherwise somewhat-tolerable Tom Waddle, who used to play for the Bears.
If not for the nationally syndicated shows of Dan Patrick mid-morning and Rich Risen in early afternoon, I'd be listening to music 99% of my drive time.
Cant you listen to gerggggg hensson on the west side?
Not that anybody would
Jamie is so arrogant now, it's ridiculous.
When the show first started out as the Sports Inferno on 97.1 it was absolutely phenomenal. They were a solid combo for a long time. Valenti when he was younger really had a passion for not doing the typical hot take theater, dumbed down version of sports radio. Valenti obviously isn't spoken highly of here, but 10 years ago he was really great at his job and Foster was a perfect compliment. listened to them religiously.
Last few years it's been pretty bad. Terry was never the same after the stroke, and Valenti seems resigned to doing typical sports radio. I barely ever turn them on anymore.
They had a good run.
Because they have one of the best rated sports shows, not only in the state, but in the entire country.
So he's still great at his job, agree with his takes or not.
It's not about his takes and absolutely the ratings are still good. For me personally, It's about typical sports radio in general is for morons. It's the low hanging fruit, full of hot takes, idiot callers, and hosts using the same shtick to get people "fired up".
Valenti was different when he started, the show was different, they would refuse to do that garbage and complimented each other very well.
New management came in a while ago and changed it all up, made them do more traditional sports talk.
Valenti is abysmal and treated Foster horribly when he came back. It was uncomfortable to listen to, Valenti giving Foster grief for issues that seemed to be because he wasn't 100 percent healthy.
And I don't know how else to say it.
Foster couldn't even communicate common knowledge about the teams happening. The stroke had a massive impact on his ability to remember and understand things occuring in the world of sports.
There were massive pauses in his speech and a lot of what he said made zero sense. Valenti picked on him because they are basically work brothers. He didn't pick on him because of his stroke.
I haven't listened since the stroke but this wouldn't surprise me. Foster's article explaining his decision doesn't say this specifically but it's clear from what he says that he is different from before the stroke and that it is harder to do.
Keep in mind that Lee Corso came back from a stroke to continue to do Gameday, but he contributed tightly-produced pieces of analysis 15 saturdays a year, rather than a much harder three hours of commentary and debate five days a week. And Corso was visibly affected himself.
Still remember like it was yesterday, Valenti saying no way the Lions should sign a QB with a bad shoulder (Drew Brees) big time money. A year later after Brees signed with the Saints and putting up record numbers. Valenti saying "if the Lions would have signed Brees like I said they should do" man I couldn't believe it.
Not to mention about 15 mins ago on his show. He said that before he was hired on to work with Terry, they wanted him to work with someone else but he said NO! Lol go over Detroitsportsrag.com and take a look at Valenti from when he signed with 97.1. And tell me how that dude could say no to working with anyone.
I hate to be that guy but Foster always came off as a bumbling buffoon who had no real sports knowledge. Also his writing was borderline unreadable. He had been coasting off his connections for years. I wish him the best of health but I won't miss hearing him stumbling through a hockey or Tigers topic. Also Valenti knows his crap is crap. He just plays the angry anti-M character for ratings, IMO.
Valenti rarely made good points and when Foster had a stance opposite of Valenti he would be questioned about it then change his mind.
The only good radio talk show that was worth listening to was Zaret, Gibson, and Danielson. At least they knew what they were talking about - the rest are pure garbage.
I liked those guys when they had their "Locker Room" tv program after Sports Final Edition on Sunday nights. The banter was good and they're all smart guys, and so the quickly rotating topics worked.
So I was excited when they developed a radio show. But... it didn't work. It was virtually unlistenable. Zaret never seemed to enjoy what he was doing, a lot of the show wound up being Danielson pontification (I say this as a guy who thinks Danielson is a great color guy, but when he gets a stage and just starts talking, it can be insufferable), and whether Gibson was on set or not there wasn't much chemistry.
I tried, I really did, but I couldn't keep tuning in. I went back to Fithian and occasional helpings of Stony and Wojo.
Apparently, I wasn't alone. Which is why the show got cancelled pretty quickly.
My one real contact with Foster came years ago, after a tire killed four fans at the US 500 at Michigan Speedway (I was 50 rows up from where it happened. Didn't really bother me at the time, though now the idea that I could have been in the wrong place would be pretty haunting). He had attended the race as a reporter and gave a take that I felt was incorrect on television that night. I emailed him about it, and he responded cordially and somewhat reiterated his position with some support that he had spoken to some people in the paddock on this.
I appreciated that.
On the radio scale, I don't really miss radio in Michigan. It doesn't sound like something that I would enjoy listening to. And, as much as that may relate to my changing tastes, I would still enjoy a good show like Fithian in the afternoon on TKA.
The guys here in Minnesota are pretty good, and Dan Bareiro in particular does a good job bringing on guests who know the sports they cover and not overdoing the call-in hottakes. He overdoes the "radio cynic" role a bit, but who doesn't?
When I was in LA there was one good show on KSPN (Mason and Ireland) that they quickly blew up for no reason, and then reformed in a different slot within a year because the replacement programming was so bad. It was actually pretty shocking how badly the stations were programmed for the size of the market that they had.
As the years went on I stopped listening to V and F, especially after the strokes becuase Valenti and Sullivan seemed like they were basically goading and bullying Terry from time to time. However, I come from the bias that 97.1 as an entity is a garbage excuse for sports radio. I'm not expecting anything groundbreaking but for being the only major sports radio station in a city like Detroit and THIS is what we're given? Ridiculous.
Brian chapman is the best 97.1 has to offer. I like him at late night because that's when I listen, but he deserves prime time.
Chapman is terrible--just a total troll and not even effective at disguising that. The pairing with Jeff Lesson works well for him because Lesson is so ignorant of anything other than his golf commercial show it highlights the sports knowledge Champman has.
Totally disagree. Chapman is funny and honest. I'm not surprised to hear someone not like him though, not everyone can posses impeccable taste like myself. ;)
He's probably the worst talent they have on the air, that's why he's on at god unknown hours of the morning.
It's interesting to me that so many UM fans listen to Valenti and Foster. For me, sports are a diversion and something that is supposed to be enjoyable. I can't imagine why I would listen to people talk so poorly about something I love. Valenti seems to want people to think he "tells it like it is" but the reality is that he is just a troll. I don't gain anything from listening to that.
How have the local teams been treating us lately? Like shit. There's nothing positive to say about pretty much anything around Michigan now.
That Kyle Bogie and Mike Sullivan are actually the same person. I refuse to believe they are two people.
After 105.1 changed their format, the competion was gone. It's not only Valenti's fault being a D.B., but the stations program director is lame too. One day after 105.1 was gone, I called in the station after I listened to four hours of discussion of "Pokeman Go". The ass wipe that answered the station phone told me that I could change the station if I didn't like it !
There isnt much I like on 97.1. I turn it on when i dont want to listen to anything because as soon as I turn on that channel i immediately zone out , its like white noise
Can we bring back Deminski and Doyle please ?
Shortly after Valenti showed up. Foster
tried to be impartial but Valenti hates michigan with the
heat of a thousand suns. I think he knows the Sparty party
is over in football and he has tried to distance himself from MSU football.
He is a candyass fair weather fan and I'll enjoy his misery going forward.
Too bad the wrong guy retired.