Initially, Mike was a pre-med student in college. Somewhere along the way, he had the urge to switch to broadcasting. His early experience included doing evenings with WMOA in Marietta, OH (1969-70), mornings on KNEZ (1971-73) while in the Air Force serving as a missile instrumentation tech at Vandenberg AFB, mornings at WOXR in Oxford, OH (1973-75), and mornings at KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA (1975-78) where he was also an announcer for sister station KCRG-TV.
He was doing an evening talk show on Cincinnati’s WLW (1978-80) when he had offers to go to WWWE in Cleveland or to WLCY in Tampa Bay. He took the Florida sunshine and went for afternoons/MD in 1980. He got the program director’s gig when the current PD, Jan Jeffries, resigned a week later, and then was bumped to operations director. During his time there, WLCY changed to News Radio One WNSI.
Although Mike didn’t really care for country music, he left the news operation in 1982 to go across town where he spent a couple years in the afternoon drive slot at WQYK. After getting canned on Super Bowl weekend 1984, he went to WFLA where the owners, Blair Broadcasting, bounced him between AM mid-day, FM evenings, AM afternoons, FM mornings, and AM afternoons, and back to FM mornings. Finally, after the FM became soft contemporary non-personality Paradise WPDS in 1986, he was let go.
Fed up with corporate radio, he opened Tampa Bay-based CMR Studios, a recording studio that specialized in radio commercials, while working as an announcer with WTOG-TV Channel 44.
Today (2010), Mike is an award winning writer, producer, director, and voice talent, as well as CMR’s president and creative director. He also owns RED ONE Florida, another company in the media production industry, which he opened in 2008.
1980 - 1982 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Operations)
1980 - 1982 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Program Director)
1980 - 1986 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)