Mike Valenti

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Michael J. Valenti
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Born October 24, 1980
Show Valenti & Foster
Station(s) WXYT-FM/AM, Detroit, Michigan
Time slot 2:00 - 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Style Sports radio/general talk
Country United States
Website http://www.sportsinferno.com
http://971theticket.com

Mike Valenti (born October 24, 1980) is a radio commentator based in Detroit, Michigan. He is one half of The Valenti and Foster Show (formerly The Sports Inferno). His show can be heard weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WXYT-FM 97.1. His co-host is Terry Foster. Valenti can also be seen on The Ford Lions Report Sunday mornings during the NFL regular season doing pro football fantasy team reports and the Lions game preview. The show airs on Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ and throughout the Michigan ABC stations.

Education and early career[edit]

Valenti graduated from Michigan State University in 2002 with a degree in journalism. He first stepped into radio as a producer of Mad Dog & Company and also co-hosted the Spartan Tailgate Show at WVFN 730 AM in Lansing, Michigan. In 2002, Valenti was hired as producer of SportsPage with Jack and Tom on 92.7 WQTX. Valenti would then be hired as co-host of The Sports Inferno alongside Terry Foster, middays on 1270 WXYT in Detroit.

The Rant[edit]

On Monday, September 25, 2006, following a Michigan State University football loss against Notre Dame—a game in which his alma mater blew a sixteen point fourth-quarter lead—Valenti went off on a twelve-minute[1] on-air tirade ripping into the Spartans for their poor showing. Highlights of the rant included Valenti saying the Spartans "choked on applesauce", Valenti's plea to then-head coach John L. Smith to recognize that "timeouts are not like cell phone minutes — they don't carry over," scathing criticism of offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin's decision to have Drew Stanton "run the option in Hurricane Katrina," and a desire for defensive coordinator Chris Smeland to be replaced by H. R. Pufnstuf with Teddy Ruxpin as his assistant.[2]

The meltdown was covered in an article in Sports Illustrated where it was deemed "the single finest rant ever heard on sports talk radio".[1]

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