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Tigersfan9
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 4:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was disappointed to read this story this afternoon. Larry Henry was one of the best play-by-play announcers in Detroit, and is still missed by fans of Michigan football and basketball.

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Sportscaster Henry fired by WWJ
Mike O'Hara / The Detroit News

Larry Henry, whose smooth baritone has graced Metro Detroit's sports airwaves for more than three decades, has been terminated from his position as a morning sports anchor by WWJ-AM 950.

Henry confirmed the move to The Detroit News in an e-mail exchange Monday afternoon.

By e-mail, Henry said the move did not surprise him.

"Hopefully, I can find some other work outside of broadcasting," Henry said.

Henry, whose first job in the Detroit market was with WJR-AM 760 in the early 1980s, has had a long and versatile career. He has handled play-by-play for such teams as University of Michigan football and basketball, Pistons basketball, Lions football and auto racing.

Henry has done free-lance work apart from his duties at WWJ.

Find this article at:
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20080211/S PORTS07/802110455
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Bob
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 4:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just read that.....there has to be more to the story.
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Ladyinabag
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I listened to it manifest itself day by day. They picked him apart like crows picks apart road kill (Mo-Town simile). I never thought that they would go this far though. He probably didn't either. It's too bad.
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Tigersfan9
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He called some classic games, the Fab Five, just was great to listen to. With him gone from the Michigan football and basketball games and with Champion no longer broadcasting the Lions' failures, Detroit sports radio isn't as good as it once was.
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Harpernottingham
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can't say I'm gonna miss him much.
Used to be solid, but devolved into a slapstick huckster, a la Bernie Smilovitz.
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Awfavre
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He was the funniest part of the mornings at WWJ his chatter & commentary always broke the mood after so many serious & often grim news pieces. I'll miss his ostentatious sense of humor.
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Harpernottingham
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A sense of humor can be ostentatious?
That's news to me.

And Larry Henry funny?!
Hardly.
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Lostlegumes
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There i$ $o much more to the $tory, re$t a$$ured.
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Burnsie
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 6:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm betting that Lostletgumes summed it up best...
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Vic_doucette
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 6:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I $u$pect Lo$tlegume$ hit it right on the money, $o to $peak.

Well, that'$ radio. You're only working becau$e they haven't fired you yet.
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Orange_barrel
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 7:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wonder if Tony Ortiz will move up to the morning slot...
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Harpernottingham
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Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 7:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Close your eyes and listen carefully to Tony Ortiz.
Listen ... listen ... ("I love you, you love me, we're a happy fam-a-leee!")
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Dbest
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Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 1:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tigersfan thats a great point about Champion and it was obvious it was political considering him doing Pistons game now. Millen put an end to Champion and the Detroit Lions message board! I'm still mad.
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Crash67
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Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 5:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's all about money ... CBS Radio is hemorrhaging money at this point, and this is just the latest of numerous cost cutting moves taking place at their six station cluster in this market. It's also happening at Clear Channel, Greater Media and other broadcasting groups in town.
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Kenp
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Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 11:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I heard they want to outsource the sports. A couple days ago I was listening to WWJ in the afternoon and Tony Ortiz was doing the sports. He signed off by saying he was going to go check his mail slot.
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Paulmcall
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Posted on Friday, February 15, 2008 - 2:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He used to brag about how fat and what a big drinker he was. Maybe the station wanted to change their image.

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