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.
Mike and Alex talk to NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin about Odell Beckham, Brandon Weeden, Christmas shopping, the Texans and more.
Mike hates that the college football playoff semifinal games are on New Year’s Eve. The TV ratings are going to suffer, it should be on Saturday January 2nd.
Mike and Alex talk about Steve Harvey signing a new deal as the host of the Miss Universe contest, Rick Carlisle rips the effort of the Mavericks, and changes coming to the broadcasting team for the World Series on Fox.
Mike has had it with the NBA’s refusal to fix the “Hack-A-Player” problem in the league.
Mike and Alex talk about Charles Woodson retiring, Yao Ming being nominated for the Hall of Fame and if Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made a mistake by leaving Tyrann Mathieu on the field late.
Mike and Seth Talk about the dirty play of Odell Beckham Jr, the Rockets win against the LA Clippers and more.
Mike and Seth react to the odd 57 yard field goal that Bill O’Brien asked Nick Novak to attempt against the Colts. He had no chance to make that kick.
Mike Meltser gives his thoughts on Week 15 in the NFL
Mike and Seth Talk about the Texans use of wildcat plays against New England in the Meltsdown.
Mike and Seth Talk about the Rockets win over the Lakers, John Wall spending 47,000 at a Dallas strip club and the Astros finalized deal for Ken Giles.