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



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