Mike was a student at Plant City High School in 1970 when he worked part-time for WPLA. His job there included setting up the equipment for the 11 AM church broadcasts each Sunday morning as well as pulling afternoons on the air.
After graduating from Plant City High School, Mike joined the Air Force. While stationed at Eglin AFB in Ft. Walton Beach, he picked up some part-time work doing on-air duties for a country station in Valparaiso, FL. Following his military duty, he returned to Plant City to work as an apprentice in the well drilling business and eventually owned two successful pump and well drilling businesses of his own. Due to health reasons he sold the operations and went to work as the Southeast U.S. Field Service Engineer for Franklin Electric Company.
Today (2006) Mike is certified by the National Groundwater Association as a licensed Master Groundwater Contractor, one of only 75 people throughout North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean to have received this distinction. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Groundwater Association and the Rural Water and Certification Subcommittees. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren and lives in Lakeland.
1969 - 1970 WPLA (Board Operator)
1969 - 1970 WPLA (On Air Personality)
1969 - 1970 WPLA (Engineering)