List of Detroit Lions broadcasters

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

Radio[edit]

Current[edit]

The Lions' flagship radio stations are WXYT-FM, 97.1 FM, and WXYT-AM, 1270 AM. Dan Miller does play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter does color commentary, and Tony Ortiz provides sideline reports.[1] If a conflict with Detroit Tigers or Detroit Red Wings coverage arises, only WXYT-FM serves as the Lions' flagship. 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 [2] (which is now WXYT-FM). The Lions and WXYT AM/FM renewed their partnership for three more seasons on October 9, 2009.[3]

Former[edit]

WXYT-AM was the sole flagship station from 1988-2004. WXYT-FM became the co-flagship in 2004.

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.[citation needed] Prior to 1989, WJR had served as the Lions' radio flagship.[citation needed]

TV[edit]

Current[edit]

Preseason[edit]

As of 2011, WXYZ-TV is the flagship station.[4] The announcers are Matt Shepard with play-by-play, Rob Rubick with color commentary, and Tom Leyand with sideline reports.

Regular season[edit]

Regular season games are broadcast regionally on FOX, except when the Lions play an AFC team in Detroit, in which case the game airs regionally on CBS. The annual Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit is televised nationally on either Fox or CBS, depending on who the visiting team is.

The Lions' official regular season show of record is The Ford Lions Report.

For regular season games vs NFC opponents when Fox doesn't have a double header, WJBK produces a live postgame show.

Former[edit]

WKBD was the preseason flagship station from 1992–1996 and from 2004-2007. WDIV and WJBK have served as flagships at various times.[clarification needed]

WWJ-TV was the flagship station from 2008-2010.[5]

WJBK (channel 2) has been the Fox affiliate in Detroit since December 1994, before that it was a CBS affiliate, and as such, WJBK for many years has served as the primary station for most Lions games. For much of 1994, while WJBK was waiting for its CBS affiliation contract to expire, the Lions games were shown on WKBD-TV (at the time owned by Viacom, now owned by CBS as a sister to WWJ-TV), with the last game being the December 10 game against the New York Jets, on WKBD's last day as a Fox affiliate.

Interconference home games were first televised in 1973 (when the NFL first imposed the 72-hour deadline), and for 25 years these were seen on NBC, with WDIV (channel 4, originally WWJ-TV) airing the games locally. The current WWJ-TV (originally on analog channel 62) has aired such games since 1998, when the AFC contract moved to CBS.

Fox Sports Detroit formerly produced a live postgame and Monday press conference show called Lions Live. It was canceled after the 2007 season.

Blackouts[edit]

The Lions' winless performance in 2008 and 2–14 season in 2009 led to several local broadcast blackouts, as local fans did not purchase enough tickets by the 72 hour blackout deadline. In 2008, five of the Lions' final six home games of the season did not sell out, with the Thanksgiving game being the exception. The first blackout in the 7 year history of Ford Field was the October 26, 2008 game vs the Washington Redskins. The previous 50 regular season home games had been sellouts.

Games were also often blacked out at the Lions' previous home the (perhaps oversized) 80,000 seat Pontiac Silverdome, despite winning seasons and the success and popularity of star players such as Barry Sanders.

Announcers by year[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Play-by-play Analyst(s) Field Reporter(s)
2001 Dan Miller
2002 Dan Miller
2003 Dan Miller
2004
2005
2006 Frank Beckmann Kelvin Pritchett Steve Courtney
2007 Frank Beckmann Erik Kramer Steve Courtney
2008 Gus Johnson Desmond Howard Matt Shepard
Charlie Sanders
2009 Matt Shepard Desmond Howard Charlie Sanders
Steve Courtney
2010 Matt Shepard Rob Rubick Charlie Sanders
Steve Courtney
2011 Matt Shepard Rob Rubick Tom Leyden

Radio[edit]

Year Play-by-play Analyst(s) Field Reporter(s) Studio team
1979 Bob Reynolds Frank Beckmann
1980 Bob Reynolds Frank Beckmann
1981 Bob Reynolds Frank Beckmann
1982 Bob Reynolds Frank Beckmann
1983 Frank Beckmann Charlie Sanders
1984 Frank Beckmann Charlie Sanders
1985 Frank Beckmann Charlie Sanders
1986 Frank Beckmann Charlie Sanders
1987 Frank Beckmann Charlie Sanders
Jim Brandstatter
1988 Frank Beckmann Charlie Sanders
Jim Brandstatter
1989 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1990 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1991 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1992 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1993 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1994 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1995 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1996 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1997 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1998 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
1999 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
2000 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter
2001 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2002 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2003 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2004 Mark Champion Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2005 Dan Miller Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2006 Dan Miller Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2007 Dan Miller Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2008 Dan Miller Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2009 Dan Miller Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2010 Dan Miller Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz
2011 Dan Miller Jim Brandstatter Tony Ortiz Gavin Edwards

Other:

  • Van Patrick called play-by-play from 1950 until his death in 1974.[6]

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