Mike enrolled at the University of Tampa in 1960. He loved baseball and made the varsity in his freshman year. But a shoulder injury curtailed any thought of a career in the sport. So he worked at WTUN, the university radio station, and broadcasted the Tampa Tarpon ballgames part-time while managing the station – all during his junior and senior years. In 1963, he earned his degree in business education and then became the UT’s sports information director.
Liking the challenge of keeping busy and juggling several jobs at the same time, Mike joined the staff of Tampa’s WYOU where he hosted a daily country music show through 1974. For seven years during the 70’s, he was a sports reporter for WTVT Channel 13 while also serving as TV ring announcer on Gordon Solie’s “Championship Wrestling from Florida,” the largest syndicated pro wrestling show in the country at the time. During this period he also became more involved in minor-league baseball.
From 1971 to 1988, Mike served as vice president, general manager and part owner of the Florida State League’s Tampa Tarpons, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. In 1988 he became Minor League Baseball’s chief administrative officer and then its president in 1991.
Finally in late 2007, after four four-year terms (three re-elections unopposed), Mike left the job he loved so much and gave someone else a chance to run the show for awhile. These days, you’ll usually find him at his home in Tarpon Springs, occasionally doing some bass fishing, and spending quality time with his grandkids.
1960 - 1974 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)