Matt Shepard is the play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball, Eastern Michigan University football and the Detroit Lions Television Network. He can also be found on TV locally on Fox Sports Detroit and nationally on the Big Ten Network for college football and baseball.
Here, he answers a few of your burning questions.
Hometown? Farmington Hills, MI
Marital Status? Married, Lisa, with four children (3-boys 1-girl)
What High School did you attend? North Farmington HS
What is your Favorite sport to watch on TV and your favorite sport to attend in person?
Football on TV...hockey to attend
Who is your favorite actor or actress?
Clint Eastwood/Mel Gibson.....Ashley Judd
Who is your favorite sports celebrity of all time? Wayne Gretzky
Bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the ninth of the Game Seven of the World Series and your team is down one run...Which active baseball player do you want at the plate? Derek Jeter
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Bugs Bunny
What is your favorite national sports moment? Miracle on Ice
What is your favorite Detroit sports moment?
1984 World Series & 1997 Red Wings Stanley Cup
If you could change a rule in sports, what would it be?
I'd just like to see the strike zone called appropriately
What Detroiter do you admire most? Joe Dumars
College or Pro Sports? College
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be? Jesus....my father (deceased)....my father-in-law (deceased) to see 'em one more time
What was your most interesting interview? Paul Newman at the Detroit Grand Prix
Favorite broadcaster of all time? Dick Enberg....but I really respect Joe Buck
Most embarrassing moment on the air? Stuttering during a line in a sportscast
What is your favorite Sports Team? Detroit Tigers
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Know someone that would want to intern in radio? Intern with Shep in the Morning!
Applicants must be:
- At least 16 years of age
- Enrolled in an accredited school, college or university
- Able to receive school credit for the internship
- Be knowledgeable about Detroit sports
- Have some experience in audio editing (Adobe Audition)
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By working in sports radio, I am continuously asked how I decide what to talk about on my show, especially during the summer months. The Tigers, Miguel Cabrera, and Mike Trout made it easy. Their chase, and ultimately seizing, of history and their race for the MVP made for compelling discussion from July through September and will still be used as a topic for many until the MVP award is handed out in November. You know, I constantly hear the term "eye test" when it comes to fans or media making up their minds about a specific player in sports. I often wonder if we're qualified to even take the "eye test," considering those who play the game and coach it and scout it know exactly what to look for....but I don't think you have to be a former big leaguer to appreciate what Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout did this year. It's been well-noted: Cabrera won the first triple crown since 1967; became the first triple crown winner since Frank Robinson in 1966 to win every category outright (Yastrzemski tied Harmon Killebrew for homers in 1967); became the first since Mickey Mantle in 1956 to lead the MAJORS in two of three categories (home runs and rbi's because Buster Posey had a better average); just the fourth triple crown winner in the modern era to lead his team to a division title (Carl Yastrzemski, Frank Robinson, and Mantle); and just the second Tiger to ever do it behind Ty Cobb in 1909. Trout became the first player to ever boast 30-homers, 125 runs scored (129 total) and steal 45 bases (49 total), so these two, along with the feel-good story of the Washington Nationals and improbable division title run made by the Oakland A's have given us a summer to remember. We can only hope the fall is as exciting and memorable. We should thank baseball for the intrigue, drama and magical moments of 2012, but especially Cabrera and Trout for giving us a reason to watch and follow so closely every single night they played. Great theatre.