Matt Shepard
Born1964/1965 (age 57–58)
EducationCentral Michigan University (BA)
Notable creditDetroit Tigers television announcer
SpouseLisa Shepard

Matt Shepard (born 1964/1965)[1] is an American television play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers on Bally Sports Detroit. He has also covered professional, collegiate and high school sports on both television and radio in Metro Detroit since the 1990s.

Early life and education

Shepard grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He graduated from North Farmington High School in 1983, where he played football and baseball.[2] In 1988, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in broadcasting.[3]


Shepard has served in a variety of roles since being hired by Fox Sports Detroit in 1999. Shepard has done CCHA play-by-play, MHSAA championships (Football & Basketball) play-by-play and fill-in play-by-play for the Pistons and Tigers.[4] He also hosted the Pistons pregame show and the Lions postgame show. He also contributes as a features reporter for the network, and formerly did sports updates at WWJ from 1993–2001, and at WDFN for the Jamie & Brady show from 2001-2007.

Shepard was the host of the Shep, Shower 'N' Shave sports radio morning show which was syndicated by Michigan Media Network and heard on 1130 WDFN in Detroit, 1660 WQLR in Kalamazoo, and 101.1 WGRY in Northern Michigan (Grayling/Roscommon),[5] and is a sports reporter for Fox Sports Detroit. He is currently the radio announcer for University of Michigan basketball and Eastern Michigan University football. He is also currently the play-by-play announcer for Detroit Lions pre-season games, as well as the host of The Ford Lions Report[6] during the regular season, on the Detroit Lions Television Network. Shepard was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting presented by Detroit Sports Media (formerly Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.)

On January 15, 2019, Shepard was named the play-by-play announcer for the Tigers starting during the 2019 season.[7]

Personal life

Shepard resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with his wife Lisa and four children.[2]


  1. ^ Monarrez, Carlos (October 14, 2018). "My Pick for Tigers' Next Play-by-Play Announcer". The Detroit Free Press. p. 5C. Shepard, 53, has been a fixture in Detroit for years...
  2. ^ a b Matt Shepard Profile at[dead link]
  3. ^ "Matt W. Shepard '88". Central Michigan University Alumni. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "Fox Sports Detroit On Air Talent - Matt Shepard". Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "Shep Shower N Shave Sports Talk Show – Michigan Media Network".
  6. ^ "Ford Lions Report". 2008. Archived from the original on September 12, 2008.
  7. ^ Beck, Jason (January 15, 2019). "Gibson, Morris join Tigers broadcasting team". Retrieved January 15, 2019.