Detroit sports radio host Terry Foster retires from 97.1 The Ticket – Detroit Free Press
Terry Foster – the longtime co-host of the popular “Valenti and Foster” show on 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) – has retired from the station, effective immediately.
âI am retiring from sports radio, butÂ I am not retiring from life,â Foster said, according to CBS Detroit. âIt is time for me to move on to a more low-key career.”
In a blog on CBSDetroit.com posted today, Foster wrote the “two strokes I suffered turned me into someone who is more calm and quiet.”
“I am not the same person that I was a year ago,” Foster wrote. “… Iâm more diplomatic. The Tigers bad bullpen does not upset me as much. The Lionsâ bumblings are not as troubling.”
Mike Valenti will host solo from 2-6 p.m. Monday to Friday until a new co-host is named.
âItâs been a great run for Terry Foster and me on 97.1 The Ticket for more than a decade,â Valenti said in a statement released by CBS Detroit. âWorking with Terry has provided some memorable on-air moments. I want to wish Terry the same success in retirement that we have enjoyed together as a team. All the best, Terry, to you and your wonderful family.â
Foster, 58, suffered a stroke in August and spent the next several months on leave from Detroit sports radio while Jeff Riger co-hosted with Valenti .Â He returned in early January, sayingÂ “it feels good to be in the game again.”
Foster plans to “keep moving, stay active, and keep engaged in the metro Detroit community,” according to CBS Detroit.
He wrote that he didn’t want to do a farewell show because “I donât think I can get through it without becoming a slobbering idiot. It is hard for me to say good-bye to anything.”
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Foster, a Detroit native, is formerly a longtime sports columnist for the Detroit News and got his start with the Detroit Free Press as a high school reporter. He covered the Detroit Pistons for the News from 1988-94.
During his time as a columnist in the 1990s, Foster worked at WDFN-AM (1130), most notably paired with Art Regner as “The Sports Doctors.”
He joined forcesÂ with Valenti to host the “Sports Inferno,” in 2004. Talkers Magazine ranked “Valenti and Foster” No. 5 in its top 20 sports radio shows for 2013, the top local radio program outside of New York.
âI want to thank Deb Kenyon and James Powers for helping me get through a difficult time of my life and for the support during my 13-year career with 97.1 The Ticket,” Foster said on CBS Detroit. “I also want to thank the most talented man in radio, Mike Valenti, for showing me the ropes, and thank the men behind the glass and my main crew David âThe Hatchet Manâ Hull and Mike Sullivan.
âWe were a great team. I just could no longer keep up the brisk pace of talk radio after my illness.â
Foster wrote in the blog today that since returning to work in January, he would often go home tired and quiet, which troubled his wife.
“She thought radio drained me and believes that retiring will prolong my life and make me happier,” Foster wrote.
This past college basketball season, Foster also wrote occasionally for the Oakland men’s team’s website.
The Cass Tech graduate recently said his association with the old Detroit sports bar, Lindell AC,where he Â and his mother worked,Â helped shape his future career.
âI didnât know where I wanted to go to school, but at the time, the sports editor of the Free Press was Ken Clover, and there was a photographer named Dominic Trupiano,â Foster said. âThey encouraged me to go to Central Michigan because they thought I would get more of an opportunity to write and learn there.”
After graduating from CMU in 1981 and briefly working at the Grand Rapids Press, he joined the Free Press the following year.
Foster was inducted into the Central Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009.
He has authored two books, “100 Things Tigers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die,” and “The Great Detroit Sports Debate,” which he co-wrote with the late Free Press columnist Drew Sharp.