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City of license Detroit, Michigan
Broadcast area Southeast Michigan
Branding 97.1 The Ticket
Slogan "Detroit Sports Talk All Day"
Frequency 97.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
97.1 HD-2: simulcast of WWJ News Radio 950
First air date May 10, 1941
Format play-by-play / Sports Talk / General talk and Open Phone Lines
Power 15,000 watts
HAAT 272 meters
Class B
Facility ID 9618
Transmitter coordinates 42°28′58″N 83°12′19″W / 42.48278°N 83.20528°W / 42.48278; -83.20528
Callsign meaning WXYZ (former callsign of AM sister station); Talk (former format for AM sister station)
Former callsigns WKRK-FM (6/9/97-10/3/07)
WYST (9/2/94-6/9/97)
WJOI (11/30/81-9/2/94)
WWJ-FM (1948-11/30/81)
WENA (1945?-1948)
W45D (1941-1945?)
Affiliations Sporting News Radio
NFL on Westwood One
Detroit Lions (co-flagship)
Detroit Tigers (co-flagship)
Detroit Red Wings [1]
Detroit Pistons (co-flagship) [2]
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WOMC, WVMV, WWJ-AM, WXYT-AM, WYCD
part of CBS Corp. cluster w/ TV stations WWJ-TV & WKBD-TV
Webcast Listen live
Website 971theticket.com

WXYT-FM (97.1 MHz FM, branded 97.1 The Ticket) is a sports and talk radio station in Detroit, Michigan. Its programming can be found simulcasted on WXYT (1270 AM), a sister station also owned by CBS Radio. WXYT-FM's transmitter is located in suburban Southfield, Michigan at the intersection of Lincoln and Greenfield Roads and transmits its signal from an antenna 891 feet in height with an effective radiated power of 15,000 watts.

WXYT-FM is the flagship station (along with sister station WXYT-AM) for the Detroit Lions[3], Detroit Red Wings[1], and Detroit Tigers[4]; and along with WWJ, the Detroit Pistons [2]. It also carries syndicated programming from the Los Angeles-based Sporting News Radio Network, as well as live (non-Detroit) NFL games from across the country via NFL on Westwood One.




Early history

The station that would become WXYT-FM began broadcasting as an experimental Apex AM station called W8XWJ in 1936. In 1940, the station ceased broadcasting while owner Evening News Association (parent company of WWJ-AM 950 and The Detroit News) waited for the FCC to approve its move to the newly created FM band. Approval came in late October 1940 and on May 10, 1941 the station (now renamed W45D) signed on at 44.5 MHz with 3,000 watts of power, becoming the first FM radio station in Michigan and the seventh in the United States. When the FCC created the new 88-108 MHz broadcast band, W45D was moved to 96.9 as WENA in September 1945. By 1948, the station had settled on its present 97.1 home as WWJ-FM, originally simulcasting WWJ-AM. In the 1960s and 1970s, WWJ-FM was one of several stations competing for Detroit's Beautiful Music audience, along with 95.5 WLDM and 96.3 WJR-FM.

Joy 97

In 1981, WWJ-FM changed its call letters to WJOI, which helped it distinguish itself more from its AM sister station (which was becoming quite successful with its all-news format). WJOI's format remained Beautiful Music. 96.3 WJR-FM's change to "Hot Hits" WHYT in September 1982 left WJOI (nicknamed "Joy 97") as Detroit's only beautiful-music station (fellow easy-listening stations WNIC, WOMC and WCZY had all evolved to adult-contemporary formats by that time). As a result, WJOI enjoyed consistent top ten showings in the Arbitron ratings through most of the rest of the 1980s, and even reached #1 12+ in the Arbitron results in the spring 1984 book (1), topping WJR, at a time when the beautiful music format was becoming endangered in other markets. However, most of the station's listeners were older than the demographics usually courted by advertisers, and thus by 1988, the station had become more contemporary-sounding, playing more Soft AC artists and softer rock oldies with fewer instrumentals, and with new-age and smooth jazz titles replacing some of the traditional orchestral-based instrumentals. By 1993 WJOI was essentially a Soft AC station, but was losing in the Arbitron ratings to AC competitors WNIC and WLTI.

The WJOI call sign is now in use at an AM adult standards music station in Norfolk, Virginia.

Star 97

Losing the Adult Contemporary battle, WJOI became WYST (aka "Star 97") in September 1994 and featured a 1970s oldies/classic rock format. WYST positioned itself as "The Greatest Hits of the '70s," although the station did branch its playlist out somewhat into the late '60s and early '80s. WYST was also Detroit's outlet for syndicated morning show host Don Imus.

WYST is now a country music station in the Bloomington, Illinois market, branded as "107-7 the bull".

97-1 K-Rock/Live 97-1 Free FM

In February 1997, Imus' show moved to AM sister WXYT 1270, making room for The Howard Stern Show. WYST switched its format to Active Rock, as "97ROCK" (later taking the calls WKRK and the on-air identifier "97-1 K-Rock" in June of that year). Competing with WRIF (Detroit's other active rock station), "K-Rock" caught the ears of fans of harder rock and metal. Unfortunately, K-Rock's penchant for making fun of WRIF, mostly for long stretches between songs, turned off many a listener just as quickly. Ratings continued to be less than impressive, and in late August 1998, WKRK repositioned itself as "Extreme Radio" with its format evolving toward Hot Talk.

By March 1999, the majority of the station's music programming on weekdays was gone and the station soon took on the name "97-1: Detroit's FM Talk Station". This was later changed to simply "97.1 FM Talk". WKRK relaunched as "Live 97.1" in May 2003. In August 2004, WKRK became the flagship radio station for the Detroit Lions.

In October 2005, WKRK added the "Free FM" identifier being used by CBS Radio on many of its hot-talk properties across the country. Once Howard Stern left for Sirius Satellite Radio on January 3, 2006, WKRK began simulcasting Rover's Morning Glory. Rover continued as the morning show until September 2006, when low ratings led to a switch to syndicated Opie and Anthony.

Detroit's Sports Powerhouse/97-1 The Ticket

On October 1, 2007, at 3pm, WKRK ended its eight year run as a hot talk station, in favor of an all-sports format, starting with "The Sports Inferno" with Mike Valenti and Terry Foster. The station began simulcasting with 1270 WXYT, and changing it calls to WXYT-FM. Of its "Free FM" lineup, Bill McAllister remains.

On November 6, 2007, 1270 AM and 97.1 FM changed their names again from "Detroit's Sports Powerhouse 97-1 FM & 1270 AM" to "97-1 FM The Ticket." The 1270 AM frequency is only mentioned at the top of the hour. Another change was the names of the midday show "The Big Show" and afternoon show "The Sports Inferno". Both of the shows names were dropped and now the shows are named by the hosts last name, with the midday show now being "Karsch & Anderson", and the afternoon show now named "Valenti & Foster". A few months later, current morning show "Motor City Mornings" changed the name of the show to "Jay Towers & Bill McAllister Mornings". This was all done to "promote the personalities." Jay Towers left WXYT in December 2009, and the show is now named "The Morning Show" with Bill, Sara and Mike "Stoney" Stone filling in.

On February 5, 2009, 97.1 The Ticket acquired the rights to become the Detroit Pistons flagship station starting in the 2009-2010 season. WWJ 950 AM will cover Pistons games which conflict with The Ticket's coverage of Lions, Tigers or Red Wings games. Should three teams play simultaneously, 1270 AM will carry one of the games separately; in the unlikely event all four teams play at the same time, the fourth will air on another CBS-owned station such as WOMC (104.3 FM).[2]

97-1 The Ticket currently ranks at #4 (5.4) in the Detroit market according to the December 2009 PPM Ratings release.

The Lions and 97.1 The Ticket renewed their partnership for three more seasons on October 9, 2009.[5]

Programming lineup



The station has several local talk shows. The morning drive show is a general interest show (5:30 am to 10 am) named "The Morning Show" hosted by Mike "Stoney" Stone, Bill McAllister & Sara Fouracre, with Tony Ortiz doing the sports segments. Next is Karsch & Anderson from 10 am to 2 pm, hosted by Doug Karsch and Scott "The Gator" Anderson. The afternoon drive show, from 2pm to 6pm, is Valenti & Foster, hosted by Mike Valenti and Terry Foster. In the evenings (when there are no games scheduled) is Caputo & Fithian from 6 pm to 10 pm, hosted by Pat Caputo and Dennis Fithian. Most shows focus on local sports but local news and current events are also discussed often.


Weekend programming includes Lesson On Golf with Jeff Lesson and The Hardcore Mortgage Real Estate and Business Show with Alex Nefouse and Harvey Freed. Pat Caputo, Dennis Fithian, and Jeff Riger host shows on the weekends, all solo.


During the overnight period the syndicated show Sporting News Radio airs, with Todd Wright (10 pm to 2 am) and David Stein (2 am to 5:30 am).



Sports Reporters

Sports reporters for the station include Matt Dery, Josh Hakala, Jeff Lesson, Rhonda Moss, Jason Muhme, Tony Ortiz, Jeff Riger, and Ryan Wooley.

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