Whether we’re out running some forgotten errands, or stuck driving to a party for some distant relative, a lot of us have had to trust the radio to keep us updated about the game we can’t be in front of the screen to see.
Yesterday’s news of WJR 760 AM not renewing longtime Lions radio color commentator Jim Brandstatter’s contract was met with a large outcry from fans who were some parts sad and bitter to see the move happen. Brandstatter was one part of a duo, alongside Dan Miller, who delivered the excitement of the field through radios each and every week of the NFL calendar. The thought of Brandstatter’s departure does evoke memories of some of the great plays in Lions history and the nostalgia we all cling to so dearly, but it also got me to thinking about how spoiled the radio waves are with sports broadcasters here in Detroit.
From Ken Kal to Dan Dickerson to Mark Champion and the aforementioned Dan Miller, each of the professional sports teams in Detroit have top-rate individuals calling the action as it plays out. Which leads to our Question of the Day:
Who is your favorite Detroit sports radio team?
For me, it’s Miller and Brandstatter. I can’t help but being a product of my time, and there was rarely a Sunday where my family and I weren’t driving home from some hockey rink over an hour from our house, and that meant plenty of Lions games were caught on the radio.
The one call that stands out in particular is Dan tracking Shaun Rogers’ 66-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in Week 9 of the 2007 season.
Somehow, the words “picked off, Shaun Rogers going the other way” coming from Dan seemed to be the only way I would have believed this was happening. Had I been watching it unfold in front of me on a television, I would have picked up the phone to schedule an eye exam immediately.
The Lions were riding high at 6-2 with Cory Redding and Shaun Rogers forming an absolutely disruptive tandem up front for Detroit’s defense. With Dan’s energetic call that was bolstered by the frenetic energy in Ford Field, it seemed like the team was finally taking the turn.
*Narrator’s voice: They didn’t*
Okay, your turn.