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“You are the worst talk show host in Detroit”

Written By: Terry Foster | August 23, 2014

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The streets were jam packed between Comerica Park and Ford Field.

The Eminem and Rihanna concert just let out as concert goers mingled with Lions fans who witnessed Detroit’s 13-12 preseason victory over Jacksonville. I was in the crowd when I heard a guy say “Hey that is Terry Foster from 971 The Ticket.”

He appeared happy to see me and I shook hands with him and his buddy. I was trying to decide whether to walk toward Greektown or by Comerica when I heard the faint sounds of “You are the worst radio talk show host in Detroit.”

The guy was in full retreat when he said it. I decided to stroll toward Greektown where the group was walking.

“That was a bitch move on your part,” I told the startled man who was probably in his 20s. “If you are going to say something then say it to my face. Be a man. Don’t run.”

Everybody in our business gets razzed. That is part of being in the public eye. Everybody can do your job better than you. Hell, a few of you probably believe you can do a better job than Matthew Stafford or Victor Martinez. I get it.

I lectured the guy in front of his friends and walked away again.  This is only the second time I’ve done this. Usually I just let it slide. I was in one of those moods where you don’t feel like taking any stuff. A few years ago a guy said something while exiting a Royal Oak restaurant. I followed him and his woman and told him off outside.

He did not say a word and I told his woman she’d be better off finding a better guy.

“I just think you hold Mike Valenti down,” the guy outside Ford Field said.

I once again told him to be a man. I know everybody does not like me. They don’t like what I say. They don’t like what I write. They probably don’t like the way I look. I’ve gotten four death treats, had campaigns to get me fired and one dude used to dial my Detroit News voice mail just to call me the N word and call me an affirmative action baby.

My job is to tell you how I feel. I don’t expect you to like me all the time. However, I usually face the athletes that I criticize and we’ve enjoyed some healthy debates. I’ve gotten into it with Isiah Thomas, Vinnie Johnson, Phil Coke, Scottie Bowman, Rod Marinelli, Ndamukong Suh. The list goes on and on.

But at least I face the music and do not run and hide in the crowd.

 

 

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14 Responses to ““You are the worst talk show host in Detroit””

  1. Ken Says:

    Hater’s gonna hate. Don’t stoop to their level by confronting them…those “coller poppin’, messy-hair wearing, ’98 red Convertible Sebring Driving, Cheater GF having, Bottle-service buying, No-Credit spending, go-to da club on a tuesday being, HS football has-beens, didn’t complete college dropping…Douchbags,” feed off that stuff! I think you and Mike make a great team, and need each other to bring the people a great show. There can be times when one of you have a bad day…but imagine if ALL of us were recorded during rush-hour..everyday. So you keep being you, brotha Foster, and Douchebags will keep being Douchebags. Respect.

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  2. Tom Says:

    I’d bet money this didn’t happen this way at all. You’re as well known for your honesty as you are your grammar. Sounds like someone hit a nerve.

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    • Terry Foster Says:

      I normally do not respond. But the dude was a coward. I could not resist

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    • Terry Foster Says:

      You would lose your bet. I would love to know all the lies I am telling. I think I am known for my honesty. Sometimes I am too honest. So I would love to hear these stories I’ve made up. You are up next. Shoot.

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      • Tom Says:

        1. You’ve posted blog entries with errors in them, post-edited them, and then denied there were ever errors. Even when there were screenshots of the original blog showing the errors.

        2. The whole Foster’s Smokehouse debacle was nothing but one un-ending lie.

        The whole, “I confront people” thing is just b.s. I’m fairly sure you play the “do you know who I am?” card when out in public. Your out-sized ego doesn’t match your talent level. That seems to be a common theme with Detroit media members no. That’s not restricted to you just you.

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        • Terry Foster Says:

          and speaking of liars. You make stuff up. I never had you kicked out that day. You got yourself kicked out. Your dumb ass thought I was talking to security on a telephone. I was listening to Detroit Tigers tape after an interview. I was doing the show and was on deadline for a column.

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      • Tom Says:

        Also, since you’re all about the honesty, I don’t think you hold Valenti back so much as you hooked up with a talented guy and have been smart enough to maintain that professional relationship. The general consensus is, whether people like Mike or don’t, he’s the talent, and could put on a show people would listen to with anyone. It might behoove you to try to separate yourself a little more than purely working as his parrot, especially when it comes to trolling the Michigan/MSU fans…which you two seem to throw out as your default show topic when you can’t come up with anything better. I think the vacuum is evident when you try to do the show by yourself. No offense of course.

        The whole, downriver womanizer bit, old and tired. And not funny. But keep beating it into the ground.

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        • Terry Foster Says:

          There we go. Now I have something to respond to. First of all Valenti requested me. He pushed to have me be his talk show co-host. And he is very talented. No question. Radio is not my first calling but the bottom line is the station believes I am best for him. That is why they renew my contract despite false reports you hear out there.
          Second I pushed the Michigan-Michigan State thing before I even met Mike. I am just pushing what I pushed before. So this is nothing new.
          As far as downriver and womanizer. That is a Mike creation. He pushes it in a joking way. So take that up with him.

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  3. Greg Says:

    How’s that Steakhouse doing?

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  4. George Says:

    If he truly thinks you’re so bad, then why does he listen? He must if he thinks you hold Mike back. The guy was probably boozed up and thought he was being funny in front of his friends. Be careful with confronting folks, Terry…last thing we all need is to hear that it went the wrong way. Too many crazy people out there and it isn’t worth it.

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  5. Jeff Moss Says:

    I confront you whenever I see you. One time, you had a bunch of thugs usher me out of a public place for confronting you.

    What a liar.

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  6. JC Says:

    Hey Moss-How hard are you trolling? Terry happens to write for a paper and is on the most popular detroit sports show, I believe. So, he must be doing something right. What do you do? Run some negative detroit sports blog? Do you even have a real job?

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