The Detroit Tigers’ current flagship radio stations are WXYT (1270 AM) and WXYT-FM (97.1 FM), both of which specialise on sports. The radio broadcasters are Dan Dickerson (play-by-play) and Jim Price (analyst). Unless there is a conflict with Detroit Red Wings hockey, the games are broadcast on both stations.
For the broadcast rights, Fox Sports Net has the contract. For the TV broadcast, Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, a former major leaguer, will be announcing. On FOX station WJBK TV-2, Impemba and Allen broadcast certain games live over-the-air. WUPW Toledo, WNEM Flint, WWMT Grand Rapids, WILX Lansing, and WNEM Grand Rapids are the other stations that carry broadcast games.
Bally Sports Detroit is the current owner of the television rights (formerly Fox Sports Detroit). Play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard is joined by colour commentators Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris. While Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani was on the mound, Morris spoke with a “offensive accent,” according to Bally Sports Detroit, which resulted to his “indefinite suspension” on August 19, 2021.
John Keating, Mickey York, Trevor Thompson, Justin White, and Johnny Kane present and report on the pre- and post-game shows, while Craig Monroe and Dan Petry give studio commentary.
WJBK (Channel 2, Fox; formerly with CBS from 1948 to 1994) and WDIV (Channel 4, NBC; originally WWJ-TV from 1947 to 1978) are two of Detroit’s “Big Three” network stations, while WMYD (Channel 20, formerly WXON-TV and WDWB) and WKBD (Channel 4) are two of the market’s former legacy independent stations (Channel 50). First broadcasting Tigers games from 1947 to 1952 and again from 1975 to 1994, Channel 4 was the Tigers’ initial television channel. If you remember, back in the late 1970s to mid-1980s, Channel 4 was among a select group of NBC affiliates that had a direct affiliation with a local or regional baseball club.
WKZO-TV (now WWMT) in Kalamazoo, WLNS in Lansing, WJRT in Flint, WWTV and WWUP-TV in northern Michigan, and even several television stations in Nebraska, particularly KOLN-TV in Lincoln and its satellite on Grand Island, Nebraska, were significant in the Tiger broadcasting network.
Until the conclusion of the 1974 season, WJBK broadcast the Tigers’ telecasts, but since 2007, the station has simulcast the team opener from Fox Sports Detroit. Starting in 1995 when WKBD was owned and run by UPN and broadcasting Tigers games until 2003, WKBD was Detroit’s main independent TV station, as well as the longstanding over-the-air TV home of the Red Wings and Pistons. As WXON and the local affiliate of ONTV, Channel 20 also aired the team’s games from 1981 to 1983. WMYD broadcast selected Tigers games exclusively in 2006.
The Tigers’ regional cable channel, Pro-Am Sports System (PASS), began airing the team’s games in 1984 when Tom Monaghan, the team’s owner at the time, acquired the network. After selling the Tigers to Mike Ilitch, Monaghan sold PASS to Post-Newsweek Stations (now Graham Media Group) in 1992. After that, PASS relocated its operations to the WDIV studio/office facilities in Downtown Detroit’s Motown neighbourhood. Fox Sports Detroit, which included the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, and Pistons, took over PASS in 1997.