Admittedly, Valenti made things personal with local athletes and teams when he hit the air on WXYT (AM), competing with the popular "Stoney & Wojo Show" on rival WDFN. He was tough and abrasive, looking for ways to make a name.
"I was out of line when I first got here," said Valenti, 23 at the time. "It was clear overcompensation. I was young, didn't know any better. This was my way of trying to do the 'hey-look-at-me' routine. Looking back, it was stupid. I didn't need to do it. I've proven I didn't need to do it.
"To this day, I think that's one of the biggest regrets I've had."
Program director Jimmy Powers was not with WXYT when Valenti started, but has seen the station's biggest star evolve and mature.
"Because of age, he made it personal because he didn't know any better," Powers said. "He's grown leaps and bounds. He hasn't recently crossed the line and made it personal."
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz1yREWD700
Maybe I'm missing something but I don't notice any difference in the personal attacks from the beginning of his career compared to the current show. If anything it's worse now than ever.
Frequently, his name pops up on message boards after Valenti says something particularly infuriating.
LOL. Are there other message boards that address this show?
Pretty good article. I think some people just take the whole love/hate Valenti thing wayyyy too seriously. Especially when they have the power to turn it off.
I think people are dumb if they can't see what he's doing. I still contend he doesnt truly believe (verbatim) what he says on the air. he says it to generate controversy which = ratings.
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who cares what mike says or does. He get's paid to talk sports and make fun of people, basically what we all do on here for free.
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
LMAO. I just flipped this on in the middle of another "fire the coaching staff" rant.