Mike Valenti bids farewell to longtime radio partner Terry Foster

Terry Foster retires after 13 years on radio

97.1 The Ticket

DETROIT – Longtime Detroit sports journalist and personality Terry Foster announced his retirement from 97.1 The Ticket on Thursday, ending a 13-year running show with partner Mike Valenti.

Mike Valenti started with Foster at the age of 23, and have been the top rated sports talk show in the market for years.

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

Foster suffered a stroke last year, causing him to miss several months.

Valenti took to the air alone on Thursday to talk about Foster's retirement. Valenti talked about the 13 years he and Foster spent on the air. 

Valenti explained that Foster didn't want a retirement show. "He just felt that it would be too much emotionally."

"It took.. it really took a toll on him. He'll tell you that. He'd go home at night and he was done."

"This was the time, this was the decision," said Valenti.

Valenti did say that Foster's seat would remain empty for a while. "I don't even want to think about anything. I need to figure out what I'm going to be without him. Where does our show go. That's his chair. We'll figure it out," said Valenti.

Listen to his full remarks here.


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Ken Haddad is the digital special projects manager for WDIV / ClickOnDetroit.com. He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013.