What I do for 610: Co-host mid-day show with Seth Payne. Previously hosted 10-11am hour and worked as the update anchor for Vandermeer and Lopez. I initially came here as the afternoon update anchor.
Age, birthday: March 14
Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
College: Syracuse University
How long at SportsRadio 610: Since July, 2010
How long in radio business: Professionally since Ma,y 2008
Coolest person at SR610: John Lopez
What I love about Houston: Weather, lack of commuting (for me, anyway), very easy place to live overall
Favorite four-letter word: FAIR
Favorite players to interview: Andre Johnson, Shane Battier, Chris Myers
Teams followed: New York Jets, Syracuse University football/basketball, Michigan football/men’s basketball, USA National soccer team
Signature phrases or lines: Fair, solid, what a mess, I’m a debacle, what a disgrace, bad job
My favorite sports experiences:
- Having the opportunity to be on Radio Row last year at the Super Bowl
- Attending the 2005 Ohio State-Michigan game in Ann Arbor
- Attending Game 6 of the 2000 ALCS at Yankee Stadium
- Seeing the Big 3 of Miami last year at Toyota Center
- Attending a couple of different Big East Tournaments at Madison Square Garden (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Calling one of the biggest upsets (by point spread) in the history of CFB (Syracuse at Louisville 2007)
- Doing a post-game call-in show in Madison Square Garden
Sports played, where, when, etc.: I swam for a couple of years on my high school team. There’s nothing like the feeling of being up on the blocks, ready for that horn to sound.
My family: Immediate family is my parents and sister, who attends a small liberal arts college in upstate New York (we clearly pick our colleges based on cold weather, haha)
More: I’ve had the chance to cover a couple of different sports markets. At Syracuse, you have a mix of NY-Boston-Philly, with a heavy focus on college sports, especially hoops. Doing radio work in Hartford, it was pretty concentrated on the NFL and college basketball. Being in Houston for 1.5 years, I’d say this is a very pro-sports, NFL-focused type of city.
Before CBS Radio, I had the chance to get experience working on the air at both ESPN Radio and Sirius-XM. It was a great chance to be on the campus at Bristol and to see how things get done on a national radio level. At XM, I enjoyed contributing to the NFL Radio channel. From a programming standpoint, it’s fascinating to me how you do a year-round sports talk format that’s exclusively focused on just one sport.
I went down to the SAP Center in San Jose on Monday night to check out the NFL’s Opening Night media session. It was kind of a zoo (as most Super Bowl Media Days are), but I had a chance to catch up with current Broncos safety and former Texan Shiloh Keo. Since my phone conspired against me, the audio is not good enough to air. However, here were Shiloh’s best answers on Monday:
Mike and Seth Talk to former NFL kicker Jay Feely about the big misses by Blair Walsh and Stephen Gostkowski in the NFL playoffs, how different coaches handle kickers, working on TV broadcasts, and more!
Mike and Seth Talk to former Clemson and NFL player Jim Stuckey about DeAndre Hopkins, the talent Clemson has put out at wide receiver, the job Dabo Swinney has done, stories about Bob McNair, and more!
Mike and Seth Talk to former NFL player Leonard Marshall about his time with Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells and Romeo Crennel. Also, the comparison between J.J. Watt and other all-time great defensive players.
Mike and Seth Talk to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com on the Titans coaching situation and their problems with the ownership, Bill O’Brien, and the Texans struggle with finding a quarterback.
Mike and Seth Talk to Peter King of MMQB about Tom Coughlin, direction and stability of Texans ownership, and how much the team should be willing to give up to trade up for a quarterback in this draft.
Mike and Seth Talk about the NFL burying the news of their awards and Hall of Fame announcements on the Saturday before the Super Bowl.
Mike and Seth Talk about Johnny Manziel’s latest run-in with the law, Donald Trump backing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner trying to promote public transportation.
What was Mike Meltser thinking as he watched the Broncos and Panthers advance to the Super Bowl? Find out here.
In all, a 30-zip embarrassment that sent Bill O’Brien’s team tumbling out of the playoffs. I think it’s a good thing for the long-term success of this franchise, as long as the coaches, front office, and owner put it in the right perspective.