Let the rants continue.
Mike Valenti, long Detroit's top-rated sports-radio host, has signed a multi-year extension to remain the voice of 97.1 The Ticket, the station's parent company, Entercom, announced Monday.
The news of the extension is not unexpected, as Valenti has repeatedly rebuffed overtures to take his popular show to a larger market. He was considered a possible replacement for Mike Francesa at WFAN in New York in 2016, even doing fill-in shows ahead of Francesca's much-publicized retirement. Valenti, though, always expressed a desire to stay in Detroit, and Francesa unretired this spring.
Valenti, 37, a New York native and Michigan State graduate, said in a statement, "I value the opportunity to continue my career at The Ticket in Detroit, one of the great sports towns in the country."
Valenti has been 97.1's afternoon drive-time host since 2007, and has worked the last year-plus solo, since Terry Foster's retirement in April 2017. There are no known plans to add a co-host. Producer Mike Sullivan has emerged as a sounding board for Valenti in the broadcast booth.
Known for his intense Michigan State fandom, brash attitude and an entertaining rapport with listeners, fans and haters alike, Valenti is 97.1's meal ticket, so much so that when the Lions wanted him out a couple years back in order to continue having 97.1 as the team's flagship station, 97.1 chose Valenti. The Lions then moved to WJR (760).
Terms of Valenti's contract were not disclosed. A message left with his agent, Mort Meisner, wasn't immediately returned Monday.
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