Sean Baligian, a veteran of sports-talk radio across Michigan will move into the host’s chair each morning on the popular Michigan Media Network (MMN) radio show previously hosted and created by Matt Shepard. Baligian takes over the show full-time and Shepard takes on his dream job as the Detroit Tigers’ television play-by-play broadcaster for Fox Sports Detroit.
“I’ve worked with Shep in the past, a great pro, and nobody can fill his shoes – except Shep,” Baligian said. “I’m very honored and humbled that I get the opportunity to sit in the chair of a great venture and sports alternative that he was such an integral part of starting.”
Marty Booher of MMN said the show will maintain a format focused on Michigan sports, including the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Spartans and Wolverines, but also more from the Big Ten to small college and prep sports and the cool stories Michigan sports fans want to talk about. The multi-media product will remain expansive, inclusive, entertaining, informative and face-to-face with insiders, coaches and athletes.
Recently, he has been a part of the Detroit Lions’ Radio Network, and also hosted the hockey show “Icetime” for 10 years. He was also the lead host on a top rated afternoon show for six years, which was heard in both Grand Rapids and Detroit markets.
In addition to his radio work, Baligian was a part of Fox 2 Detroit Sports television coverage with appearances on Sunday night broadcasts for 15 years. He was also a part of “Lions Game Day” and Stanley Cup Finals pre- and post-game shows.
The Heisman Trophy voter and Michigan native has called college football and basketball games for both the University of Toledo and Wayne State University and has been the “voice” of WSU football for over a decade. He has also called every level of hockey, from high school for the MHSAA, to the Ontario Hockey League, to Michigan State for CN900, the USHL and the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes and Fox Sports Carolina. In 2007, he was named “Best Radio Sports Talk Host” by the Metro Times.