Mike was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from South Christian High School and attended Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids and Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.
Mike began his career in radio in 1984 at WHCO Radio in Sparta, Illinois, signing on as a host and high school football and basketball play-by-play voice as well as covering local and regional politics in Southern Illinois.
Later, Mike continued his career in his home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan holding various roles in the news and sports departments of WCUZ-AM/FM.
Mike began the Chicago leg of his career with the Tribune Company’s Interstate Radio Network and later was a sports anchor and reporter for AM 1000 and News Radio 780 WBBM. Mike later returned to Illinois politics by taking the post of Political Beat Writer for the Metro Source wire service and covered Chicago and state politics before helping launch News Talk 560 WIND as morning drive news anchor in the fall of 2004.
Mike has been married to his wife Melissa for over 20 years and they have three handsome boys and a beautiful girl. Thankfully, they all reflect the beauty and character of their mother but are being reared to embrace American League baseball and the DH, not the “look our pitchers can’t hit a lick” National League their Cardinal fan mom enjoys.