Detroit Lions Radio Network

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The Detroit Lions Radio Network is a network of 36 radio stations (34 in Michigan, one in Toledo, Ohio, and one in Lincoln, Nebraska) 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.

Flagship stations[edit]

The flagship stations are Detroit sister stations WXYT (1270 AM) and WXYT-FM (97.1 FM). If the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, or Detroit Pistons (for whom the stations are also flagships) are playing at the same time, then WXYT-FM will carry the Lions' game, while the Tigers or Red Wings game airs on WXYT-AM or the Pistons game airs on WWJ (950 AM). The Lions and WXYT AM/FM renewed their partnership for three more seasons on October 9, 2009.[2]

Announcers[edit]

The current announcers are Dan Miller with play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter with color commentary, and Tony Ortiz with sideline reports. WXYT-FM's Gavin Edwards is the studio host; he also does updates of other games around the league during the game as well as at halftime.[1]

Wrap around shows[edit]

Pregame show[edit]

The network's pre-game show which begins one hour before game-time is called Lions GameDay, in which Miller and Brandstatter, joined by Dave Birkett (Lions beat writer for The Detroit Free Press) and Tim Twentyman (Lions beat writer for NFL.com) discuss the day's game and predict the outcome. Tony Ortiz join in and also does a preview of the opponent as well as injury reports. Gavin Edwards previews other games and reports news from around the league from WXYT-FM's studio.

Postgame show[edit]

The network's post game show includes locker-room interviews with coaches and players by Brandstatter and Ortiz, as well as all press conferences, then the game wrapup by Miller in which he mentions all of the game's statistics and looks ahead to the next game.

Affiliate stations[edit]

Games are syndicated by CBS Radio, owner of WXYT-FM and WXYT (AM). The current affiliates and their cities of license are:[1]

Michigan[edit]

City Callsign Frequency
Detroit WXYT-FM 97.1 FM
WXYT 1270 AM
Alpena WKJZ 94.9 FM
Ann Arbor WAAM 1600 AM
Battle Creek WBCK-FM 95.3 FM
WBCK 930 AM
Big Rapids WBRN 1460 AM
Coldwater WTVB 1590 AM
Escanaba WYKX 104.7 FM
Flint WTRX 1330 AM
Grand Haven WGHN 92.1 FM
Grand Rapids WBBL-FM 107.3 FM
Hillsdale WCSR 1340 AM
WCSR-FM 92.1 FM
Holland WHTC 1450 AM
Houghton WCCY 1400 AM
Iron Mountain WMIQ 1450 AM
Kalamazoo WKZO 590 AM
Lansing WVFN 730 AM
Ludington WMOM 102.7 FM
Marquette WDMJ 1320 AM
Muskegon / Whitehall WWSN 97.5 FM
Newberry WNBY 1450 AM
Petoskey WJML 750 AM
Port Huron WPHM 1380 AM
Saginaw WKQZ 93.3 FM
Sandusky WTGV-FM 97.7 FM
South Haven WGMY 940 AM
St. Ignace / Cheboygan WIDG 940 AM
St. Joseph WSJM 1400 AM
WSJM-FM 94.9 FM
Sault Ste. Marie WSOO 1230 AM
Tawas City WQLB 103.3 FM
Traverse City WCCW 1310 AM

Nebraska[edit]

City Callsign Frequency
Lincoln KLIN 1400 AM

Ohio[edit]

City Callsign Frequency
Toledo WLQR 1470 AM

Satellite radio[edit]

Games are also aired on Sirius XM Radio

Internet radio[edit]

Games are also broadcast online at flagship station WXYT-FM's website, and on NFL Field Pass.

History[edit]

  • 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.[3]
  • Van Patrick called play-by-play from 1950 until his death in 1974.[4]
  • Other past announcers for Lions radio include Frank Beckmann and Bob Reynolds.
  • Tony Ortiz has been providing Lions sideline reports since 2001.[1] He produced Lions games broadcasts from 1991-1994.[5]
  • 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.
  • 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).

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