The interview published above is from SDPB’s daily public affairs program, In the moment with Lori Walsh.
Mike began broadcasting in the fall of 1976 on the Dana College 10 Watt station in Blair Nebraska. It was something he had wanted to do since he was 9 or 10 years old. As a child, he spent hours listening to sports broadcasts and rock and roll radio from all over the Midwest. He was transferred to Augustana in Sioux Falls in the fall of 1978 and has been there ever since. Trading jobs included stops at Gregory, Madison, Vermillion and Mitchell. He finally got a job with KELO-AM in 1988 after hosting an amateur comedy night at a bar in Sioux Falls. He ended up doing morning radio there and was among the highest-rated show around. While he had exercised at every stop in one form or another. he became a “sports only” guy in 2001. He and Craig Mattick started the state’s first daily 2-hour sports talk show on KWSN. He also hosted a long-running interview show on numerous radio stations and did sports shows on television for several outlets. He is probably best known for his 20 years playing state high school championships on SDPB. He is also an author, having written 3 books, with more on the way.