Tony Ortiz
BornAnthony Ortiz
Detroit, Michigan
Other namesT.O.
EducationSpecs 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-present) [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]

Broadcasting careerEdit

Education and early positionsEdit

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]

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]

Current rolesEdit

Since 2001,[1] Ortiz has provided sideline reports for the Detroit Lions Radio Network. He also co-hosts the network's pre-game show The Lions Roundtable and flagship station WXYT-FM's local pre-game show Lions Game Day.[4] He is 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. [5]


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