Detroit Tigers, Red Wings will stay on 97.1 The Ticket for foreseeable future

Detroit Free Press

Evan Petzold
 
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The Detroit Tigers and Red Wings will remain on the airwaves with 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) for the foreseeable future, thanks to a new multi-year radio broadcast partnership extension.

The agreement keeps 97.1 The Ticket as the flagship station of both teams, airing regular season and postseason games. The multi-year extension was announced Tuesday by Entercom Communications Corporation.

“We are extremely pleased to extend our partnership with Entercom Detroit, ensuring loyal Red Wings and Tigers fans have unmatched access to their favorite teams, athletes, and personalities,” Chris Granger, Ilitch Holdings’ Group President of Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement.

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“97.1 The Ticket does an incredible job of engaging sports fans in metro Detroit on a daily basis,” Granger added, “and we are thrilled to bring Red Wings hockey and Tigers baseball to fans across the great state of Michigan through Entercom’s extensive radio networks, unique behind-the-scenes podcasts, and exciting live events.”

The partnership between the Tigers, Red Wings and 97.1 The Ticket for play-by-play broadcasts of games began in 2001. Dan Dickerson and Jim Price are the broadcasters for the Tigers; Ken Kal and Paul Woods call the Red Wings’ games.

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“The Tigers and Red Wings are two of the best sports partners in the business, and the Ilitch organization has been a major part of the comeback of Detroit,” Debbie Kenyon, Entercom Detroit’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with these two local powerhouses and remain as the go-to home for both franchises’ fanbases, delivering year-round content that our listeners crave.”

The Pistons joined 97.1 The Ticket in 2017, coinciding with their move to downtown Detroit, but were not part of the extension.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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