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The Detroit Lions Radio Network is a network of 36 radio stations across Michigan, Northwestern Ohio, and Southwestern Ontario that broadcast all of the NFL's Detroit Lions games and related programming. [1] All pre-season and regular season games are aired throughout the network.

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Flagship stations

The flagship stations are Detroit sister stations WXYT (1270 AM) and WXYT-FM (97.1 FM). If the Detroit Tigers or Detroit Red Wings (for whom the stations are also flagships) are playing at the same time, only WXYT-FM serves as the Lions' flagship. The Lions and WXYT AM/FM renewed their partnership for three more seasons on October 9, 2009. [2]

Announcers

The current announcers are Dan Miller with play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter with color commentary, and Tony Ortiz with sideline reports.[3]

Network wrap around shows

The network's pre-game show which begins 1 hour before game-time is called The Lions Roundtable, in which all of the announcers, joined by Nick Cotsonika (Lions beat reporter of The Detroit Free Press) discuss the day's game, analyze the opponent, discuss previous games, and predict the outcome. The network's postgame show includes locker-room interviews with coaches and players by Brandstatter and Ortiz, as well as all press conferences, then the game wrapup by Miller in which he mentions all of the game's statistics and looks ahead to the next game.

Lions Game Day

Flagship station WXYT-FM has two local extended wrap-around shows, both dubbed Lions Game Day. Like most shows on the station during the week, both have an open phones format. The former (dubbed Lions Game Day, Pre-game) starts 3 hours before game-time, aired from Ford Field for home games and in a restaurant in Metro Detroit for road games, hosted by Pat Caputo and Dennis Fithian of the station. For home games, Lions fans who plan on attending often call in for discussions, analysis, and predictions. It also has an extended 2 hour long post-game show (dubbed Lions Game Day Post-game) also aired from a Metro Detroit restaurant hosted by Dennis Fithian and Jeff Riger. Its format is similar to the format of the pre-game show, and Lions fans who attended home games that day often call in with their analysis and commentary.

Affiliate stations

Games are syndicated by CBS Radio, owner of WXYT-FM and WXYT (AM). The current affiliates and their cities of license are: [1]

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Michigan

  • Alpena WKJZ 94.9 FM
  • Ann Arbor WAAM 1600 AM
  • Battle Creek WBCK 930 AM
  • Battle Creek WRCC 1400 AM
  • Big Rapids WBRN 1460 AM
  • Coldwater WTVB 1590 AM
  • Escanaba WYKX 104.7 FM
  • Flint WTRX 1330 AM
  • Grand Haven WGHN 92.1 FM
  • Grand Rapids WBBL-FM 107.3 FM
  • Hillsdale WCSR 1340 AM
  • Hillsdale WCSR-FM 92.1 FM
  • Holland WHTC 1450 AM
  • Houghton WCCY 1400 AM
  • Iron Mountain WMIQ 1450 AM
  • Kalamazoo WKZO 590 AM
  • Lansing WVFN 730 AM
  • Ludington WMOM 102.7 FM
  • Marquette WDMJ 1320 AM
  • Muskegon / Whitehall WEFG 97.5 FM
  • Newberry WNBY 1450 AM
  • Petoskey WJML 750 AM
  • Port Huron WPHM 1380 AM
  • Saginaw WKQZ 93.3 FM
  • Sandusky WYGV 97.7 FM
  • South Haven WGMY 940 AM
  • St. Ignace / Cheboygan WIDG 940 AM
  • St. Joseph WSJM 1400 AM (simulcast on WSJM-FM 94.9 FM)
  • Sault Ste. Marie WSOO 1230 AM
  • Tawas City WQLB 103.3 FM
  • Toledo, Ohio WLQR 1470 AM
  • Traverse City WCCW 1310 AM

Ohio

  • Toledo WLQR 1470 AM

Ontario

  • London CJBK 1290 AM

Satellite radio

Games are also aired on Sirius XM Radio

Internet radio

Games are also broadcast online at flagship station WXYT-FM's website, and on NFL Field Pass.

History

  • 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.
  • 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. [7]
  • 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 [7] (which is now WXYT-FM).
  • 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).

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