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Detroit sports radio host Terry Foster retires from 97.1 The Ticket


The longtime co-host of the favored “Valenti and Foster” has retired from the station, efficient instantly.

Terry Foster – the longtime co-host of the favored “Valenti and Foster” present on 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) – has retired from the station, efficient instantly.

“I’m retiring from sports activities radio, however I’m not retiring from life,” Foster mentioned, according to CBS Detroit. “It’s time for me to maneuver on to a extra low-key profession.”

In a blog on CBSDetroit.com posted today, Foster wrote the “two strokes I suffered turned me into somebody who’s extra calm and quiet.”

“I’m not the identical person who I used to be a yr in the past,” Foster wrote. “… I’m extra diplomatic. The Tigers dangerous bullpen doesn’t upset me as a lot. The Lions’ bumblings are usually not as troubling.”

Mike Valenti will host solo from 2-6 p.m. Monday to Friday till a brand new co-host is called.

“It’s been an awesome run for Terry Foster and me on 97.1 The Ticket for greater than a decade,” Valenti mentioned in a press release launched by CBS Detroit. “Working with Terry has supplied some memorable on-air moments. I wish to want Terry the identical success in retirement that now we have loved collectively as a workforce. All the perfect, Terry, to you and your great household.”

Foster, 58, suffered a stroke in August and spent the following a number of months on go away from Detroit sports activities radio whereas Jeff Riger co-hosted with Valenti . He returned in early January, saying “it feels good to be within the recreation once more.”

Foster plans to “hold shifting, keep energetic, and hold engaged within the metro Detroit neighborhood,” in response to CBS Detroit.

He wrote that he did not wish to do a farewell present as a result of “I don’t assume I can get by way of it with out turning into a slobbering fool. It’s exhausting for me to say goodbye to something.”

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Foster, a Detroit native, is previously a longtime sports activities columnist for the Detroit Information and acquired his begin with the Detroit Free Press as a highschool reporter. He coated the Detroit Pistons for the Information from 1988-94.

Throughout his time as a columnist within the 1990s, Foster labored at WDFN-AM (1130), most notably paired with Artwork Regner as “The Sports activities Docs.”

He joined forces with Valenti to host the “Sports activities Inferno,” in 2004. Talkers Journal ranked “Valenti and Foster” No. 5 in its high 20 sports activities radio reveals for 2013, the highest native radio program outdoors of New York.

“I wish to thank Deb Kenyon and James Powers for serving to me get by way of a tough time of my life and for the help throughout my 13-year profession with 97.1 The Ticket,” Foster said on CBS Detroit. “I additionally wish to thank probably the most gifted man in radio, Mike Valenti, for displaying me the ropes, and thank the boys behind the glass and my important crew David ‘The Hatchet Man’ Hull and Mike Sullivan.

“We have been an awesome workforce. I simply might now not sustain the brisk tempo of speak radio after my sickness.”

Foster wrote within the weblog at the moment that since returning to work in January, he would typically go residence drained and quiet, which troubled his spouse.

“She thought radio drained me and believes that retiring will lengthen my life and make me happier,” Foster wrote.

This previous school basketball season, Foster additionally wrote often for the Oakland males’s workforce’s web site.

The Cass Tech graduate lately mentioned his affiliation with the outdated Detroit sports activities bar, Lindell AC,the place he  and his mom labored, helped form his future profession.

“I didn’t know the place I needed to go to highschool, however on the time, the sports activities editor of the Free Press was Ken Clover, and there was a photographer named Dominic Trupiano,” Foster mentioned. “They inspired me to go to Central Michigan as a result of they thought I’d get extra of a possibility to write down and be taught there.”

After graduating from CMU in 1981 and briefly working on the Grand Rapids Press, he joined the Free Press the next yr.

Foster was inducted into the Central Michigan Journalism Corridor of Fame in 2009.

He has authored two books, “100 Issues Tigers Followers Ought to Know and Do Earlier than They Die,” and “The Nice Detroit Sports activities Debate,” which he co-wrote with the late Free Press columnist Drew Sharp.

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