Detroit Lions Radio Network

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The Detroit Lions Radio Network is a network of 35 radio stations (33 in Michigan and two in Toledo, Ohio) 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. On November 20, 2015, it was announced that WJR will take over as flagship station of the Lions in 2016.[2][3] The current announcers are Dan Miller with play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter with color commentary, and Tony Ortiz with sideline reports.[1]

Affiliate stations[edit]

Map of radio affiliates.
City Callsign Frequency
Detroit WJR 760 AM
Alma WFYC 1280 AM
Alpena WRGZ 96.7 FM
Ann Arbor WLBY 1290 AM
Battle Creek WBCK 95.3 FM
WTOU 930 AM
Big Rapids WBRN 1460 AM
W236BR 95.1 FM
W299BE 107.7 FM
Cadillac WCKC 107.1 FM
Cheboygan WCHY 97.7 FM
Coldwater WTVB 1590 AM
Escanaba WYKX 104.7 FM
Flint WRSR 103.9 FM
Glen Arbor WGFN 98.1 FM
Grand Rapids WBFX 101.3 FM
Grayling WQON 100.3 FM
Hillsdale WCSR 1340 AM
WCSR-FM 92.1 FM
Holland WHTC 1450 AM
Houghton WCCY 1400 AM
WGLI 98.7 FM
Iron Mountain WMIQ 1450 AM
Ishpeming WIAN 1240 AM
Jackson WIBM 1450 AM
W270CJ 101.9 FM
Kalamazoo WRKR 107.7 FM
Lansing WJIM 1240 AM
Ludington WLDN 98.7 FM
Marquette WDMJ 1320 AM
Muskegon WMUS 107.9 FM
Newberry WNBY-FM 93.9 FM
Oscoda WWTH 100.7 FM
Port Huron WPHM 1380 AM
Saginaw WSGW-FM 100.5 FM
Sandusky WTGV-FM 97.7 FM
South Haven WCSY 103.7 FM
St. Joseph WSJM 1400 AM
WSJM-FM 94.9 FM
Sault Ste. Marie WNBY 93.9 FM
Sturgis WBET-FM 99.3 FM
Toledo, Ohio WTOD 1470 AM
WLQR-FM 106.5 FM
Traverse City WGFN 98.1 FM

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Satellite radio[edit]

Games are also aired on Sirius XM Radio

Internet radio[edit]

Games are also broadcast online 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.[4]
  • Van Patrick called play-by-play from 1950 until his death in 1974.[5]
  • Other past announcers for Lions radio include Frank Beckmann and Bob Reynolds.
  • Jim Brandstatter has been the Lions' radio color commentator since 1987.[1]
  • Tony Ortiz has been providing Lions sideline reports since 2001.[1] He produced Lions games broadcasts from 1991-1994.[6]
  • 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).
  • 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 the station 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.[2][3]

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