Ty Tyson "Excellence in Sports Broadcasting"
2016 Recipient - Terry Foster
Previous Ty Tyson Award Winners
2015 Jennifer Hammond - Fox Sports / WJBK-TV
2014 Trevor Thompson - Fox Sports Detroit
2013 Mario Impemba - Tigers Baseball
2012 Dan Miller - Lions Football & Fox 2 Sports Works
2011 Will Tieman - Spartan Sports Network
2010 Ken Daniels - Red Wings Hockey & Fox Sports Detroit
2009 Frank Beckmann - U-M Football & WJR-AM
2008 Dan Dickerson - Tigers Baseball & WXYT-FM
2007 Ken Kal - Red Wings Hockey & WXYT-FM
2006 Jim Brandstatter - Lions/U-M Football
2005 Budd Lynch - Red Wings Hockey
2004 Mark Champion - Lions Football & Pistons Basketball
2003 Ray Lane - Tigers/Lions/Red Wings/Big Ten
2002 George Blaha - Pistons/MSU Football
2001 Ernie Harwell - Tigers Baseball
2000 Josh Lewin - Tigers Baseball & Fox Sports Detroit
Detroit Sports Media proudly salutes Terry Foster, one of its long-time members, as recipient of the 2017 DSM Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting.
A native Detroiter, Foster co-hosted Valenti&Foster on WXYT_FM The Ticket, a sports radio station, with Mike Valenti for 13 years until his retirement. It was listened to worldwide (minus CBS restrictions) on The Ticket's website. In 2006, Valenti and Foster broadcast from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Foster earned his journalism degree from Central Michigan University and began his journalism career in 1981 with the The Grand Rapids Press. He later moved to the Detroit Free Press in 1982 where he covered high school sports in Macomb County. He stayed with the Free Press until 1988 when he left for The Detroit News. From 1988 to 1994, he was the Pistons beat writer for The Detroit News during the Bad Boys era. During that time he also covered Michigan Wolverines football, golf, tennis and auto racing. Foster has covered: Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, 1996 Summer Olympics, and Wimbledon.
Terry was a longtime sports columnist and writer for The Detroit News and also wrote pieces on the Detroit Lions, a twice-a-week page-two column and daily blog at detnews.com
He began his broadcasting career in the 1990s on WDFN in Detroit before moving to WXYT. He battled serious health issues in 2016 and returned to his radio show in January 2017. He announced his WXYT retirement on April 20, 2017. He is sorely missed by his thousands of ardent listeners to Detroit's top sportstalk radio station.
Foster wrote a book called 100 Things Tiger Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. He also co-wrote The Great Detroit Sports Debate with the late Drew Sharp, a fellow Detroit sportswriter.
In December 2015, Terry was named online basketball writer for the Oakland University Grizzlies. He also keeps a public diary at TerryFostersBlog.com