Tony Ortiz

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Tony Ortiz
BornAnthony Ortiz
Detroit, Michigan
Other namesT.O.
Education Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Diploma
OccupationRadio: sports talk show host and reporter, NFL sideline reporter, MLB reporter
TV: sports analyst
Notable credit(s)Radio: Detroit Lions Radio Network (2001-2016) [1]
TV: Fox 2 Sports Works (WJBK)

Tony Ortiz is a sportscaster and sports talk show host for CBS Radio owned sister stations WXYT-FM, WXYT-AM and WWJ in Detroit, MI. [2] [3]

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WXYT-FM sports radio station in Detroit

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Broadcasting career

Education and early positions

After he graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit, Tony enrolled at Specs Howard School of Media Arts. In 1986, Ortiz began his radio career as an intern at WXYT-AM, where he later he gained a paid position with the station. He first worked as a producer for Michigan State basketball and football. In 1991, Ortiz left WXYT-AM and joined sister station WWJ, going on to produce Detroit Lions football. [2]

Cooley High School

Thomas M. Cooley High School is located at the intersection of Hubbell Avenue and Chalfonte Street, on the northwest side of Detroit, Michigan. The three-story, Mediterranean Revival-style facility opened its doors on September 4, 1928.

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

Specs Howard School of Media Arts is a for-profit college, dedicated to preparing people for a career in radio and television broadcasting, graphic design, and digital media arts. It is based in Southfield, Michigan, USA and is named after its founder, Specs Howard.

WWJ (AM) all-news radio station in Detroit

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In 1994, Ortiz moved from Detroit to work in Houston, TX at KTRH as a reporter and show host covering Houston sports. [2] Ortiz moved from KTRH to competing Houston sports station in KILT in 1999 [2] before returning to Detroit in 2001. [2]

KTRH news/talk radio station in Houston

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KILT (AM) sports radio station in Houston

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Current roles

Since 2001 from 2016, Ortiz has provided sideline reports for the Detroit Lions Radio Network. [4] He also co-hosted the network's pre-game show The Lions Roundtable and flagship station WXYT-FM's local pre-game show Lions Game Day. [5] He was joined by play-by-play announcer Dan Miller and color commentator Jim Brandstatter, and on The Lions Round Table, Detroit Free Press Lions beat writer Nick Cotsonika. He is also a Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers beat reporter for WXYT-FM / AM and provides sports updates during the breaks of some WXYT-FM / AM and WWJ shows. He also hosts a weekly Lions discussion show on the station during the regular season. He also appears on Fox 2 SportsWorks, WJBK-TV's weekly local Detroit sports talk show. He also frequently appears on WJBK Sports segments such as Lions Beat Writer Cross Fire. [6]

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  5. Detroit Lions Official Site: Current Radio Affiliates
  6. FOX 2 Official Site September 18, 2008 Lions Beat Writer Cross Fire Week 3 Full Video