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Terry Foster retires from 97.1 The Ticket


Terry Foster

Longtime Detroit sports radio host Terry Foster has announced he’s retiring from the industry and his gig at 97.1 FM The Ticket, effective immediately.

Foster, who was best known as the other half of the ‘Valenti and Foster Show’, cited being unable to ‘keep up (with) the brisk pace of talk radio’ after a stroke he suffered in August. That stroke knocked the former Detroit News columnist out for several months leaving Mike Valenti to either host the show solo or with Jeff Riger.

Via the Detroit Free Press

“I am retiring from sports radio, but I am not retiring from life,” Foster said, according to CBS Detroit. “It is time for me to move on to a more low-key career.”

“I 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 ‘The Hatchet Man’ Hull and Mike Sullivan.

“We were a great team. I just could no longer keep up the brisk pace of talk radio after my illness.”

Foster’s on-air struggles after his illness were apparent, so this comes as no surprise. To add it seemed like those same struggles were becoming somewhat of a running joke on the show. Neither Valenti or Foster drew the badgering back to his stroke but I’m sure listeners, as well as the on-air talent could connect the dots.

As far as a co-host for Valenti goes, he’ll apparently continue to co-host the show himself until a permanent co-host is named.


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