|Michael J. Valenti|
|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|
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.
Education and career
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.
Valenti appeared on The Ford Lions Report Sunday Mornings during the NFL regular season during pro football fantasy team reports and the Lions game preview, but the relationship didn’t last.
The Lions didn’t renew their contract with 97.1 The Ticket for 2016 opting for a 5-year contract with WJR AM. Valenti’s agent Mort Meisner reported the Lions wanted Valenti fired in order to renew with 97.1 The Ticket.
“It’s absolutely true, 100 percent of it,” Mike Valenti said about allegations the Lions left 97.1 The Ticket because they didn’t like his criticism of the team.
The Rant: "Make Plays!"
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 on-air tirade ripping into the Spartans for their poor showing. Highlights of the rant featured Valenti saying the Spartans "choked on applesauce", and his plea to then-head coach John L. Smith to recognize that "timeouts are not like cell phone minutes — they don't carry over!" Valenti also included 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.
It is widely accepted that Valenti considered this the turning point in his career. Valenti began to use "rants" as part of his on-air shtick and while this is received with mixed emotions in his radio market the Valenti and Foster show remains one of the highest rated radio programs in the country.
- "Ford Lions Report Hits The Air Sunday". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- "Lions To Switch Radio Flagship". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- "Valenti Says Allegations About Lions Absolutely True". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- Murphy, Austin (October 5, 2006). "Spartan self-destruction: Michigan State's familiar fall draws ire of loyal fans". Sports Illustrated (Sports Illustrated/CNN). Retrieved 2008-05-20.
- "Excerpt from Mike Valenti's Rant". 2006-09-25.
- "Make Plays!". Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Boomer and Carton, WFAN CBS New York, November 24, 2015, http://newyork.cbslocal.com/audio/boomer-carton/