A chance meeting with a volunteer in a college computer lab in 1987 brought Mike to WYSO. He started filling in for various music shows, and performed various production, news, and on-air activities during the late 1980s and 90s, spinning vinyl and cutting tape before the digital evolution.
Mike hosted Morning Edition from 1999 to early 2001, and was asked to return in 2005 as the on-call substitute host for both Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He was hired as the permanent host in 2020.
He is a graduate of Wright State University with a BA in mass communication. Mike has a background in video production, having worked at several Dayton-area cable access television channels. He has also worked as a long term substitute high school media arts teacher.
Mike is a lifelong Dayton-area native, born and raised in Riverside and currently residing in Kettering. In his spare time, he likes to work on vintage Volvo cars, observe the weather, cosplay as a Star Wars Stormtrooper, perform on stage in community theater, and annoy people as a member of a local comedy improvisational troupe.