Tony Ortiz

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Tony Ortiz
Born Anthony Ortiz
Detroit, Michigan
Other names T.O.
Education Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Diploma
Occupation Radio: sports talk show host and reporter, NFL sideline reporter, MLB reporter
TV: sports analyst
Notable credit(s) Radio: Detroit Lions Radio Network (2001-present) [1]
TV: Fox 2 Sports Works (WJBK)

Tony Ortiz is a sportscaster and sports talk show host for CBS Radio owned sister stations WXYT-FM, WXYT-AM and WWJ in Detroit, MI.[2][3]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Education and early positions[edit]

After he graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit, Tony enrolled at Specs Howard School of Media Arts. In 1986, Ortiz began his radio career as an intern at WXYT-AM, where he later he gained a paid position with the station. He first worked as a producer for Michigan State basketball and football. In 1991, Ortiz left WXYT-AM and joined sister station WWJ, going on to produce Detroit Lions football.[2]

In 1994, Ortiz moved from Detroit to work in Houston, TX at KTRH as a reporter and show host covering Houston sports.[2] Ortiz moved from KTRH to competing Houston sports station in KILT in 1999 [2] before returning to Detroit in 2001.[2]

Current roles[edit]

Since 2001,[1] Ortiz has provided sideline reports for the Detroit Lions Radio Network. He also co-hosts the network's pre-game show The Lions Roundtable and flagship station WXYT-FM's local pre-game show Lions Game Day.[4] He is joined by play-by-play announcer Dan Miller and color commentator Jim Brandstatter, and on The Lions Round Table, Detroit Free Press Lions beat writer Nick Cotsonika. He is also a Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers beat reporter for WXYT-FM / AM and provides sports updates during the breaks of some WXYT-FM / AM and WWJ shows. He also hosts a weekly Lions discussion show on the station during the regular season. He also appears on Fox 2 SportsWorks, WJBK-TV's weekly local Detroit sports talk show. He also frequently appears on WJBK Sports segments such as Lions Beat Writer Cross Fire.'

He is no longer sideline reporter for Detroit Lions.' [5]