|Education||Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Diploma|
|Occupation||Radio: sports talk show host and reporter, NFL sideline reporter, MLB reporter|
TV: sports analyst
|Notable credit(s)||Radio: Detroit Lions Radio Network (2001-2016) |
WXYT-AM, WXYT-FM and WWJ
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.
CBS Radio was a radio broadcasting company and radio network operator owned by CBS Corporation, and consolidated radio station groups owned by CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting/Group W since the 1920s and Infinity Broadcasting since the 1970s. The broadcasting company was sold to Entercom on November 17, 2017.
WXYT-FM, 97-1 The Ticket, is a commercial sports radio station owned by Entercom, licensed to Detroit, Michigan and serving Metro Detroit. Most programming is local with CBS Sports Radio supplying overnight and some weekend shows.
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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.
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 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.
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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.Ortiz moved from KTRH to competing Houston sports station in KILT in 1999 before returning to Detroit in 2001.
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Since 2001 from 2016, Ortiz has provided sideline reports for the Detroit Lions Radio Network.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. 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.
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