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004: Mike Warren | Mentor, College Drop-Out, Successful Radio Personality & Pudding Fanatic

I’m excited to introduce to ya’ll one of my biggest mentors in the broadcast field. Mike Warren is the news director for WDLB/WOSQ Radio in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He gave me my first internship in the broadcast business the summer after my freshman year of college.

He is wise, funny, and brutally honest about the biz, learning outside of the classroom, and making the most of the opportunities that come your way. He is a great friend of mine and I know you’re going to enjoy our conversation.

In This Episode

  • Mike and I try to recall when it was we first met
  • I tell Mike (for the first time) the story of why I reached out to him for an internship
  • We discuss the importance of internships and why non-paid internships are worth it
  • Mike and I reminsince on the fun of being at the 2004 George W. Bush presidental campaign event
  •  We reminisce on some of my duties during my internship with Mike in college, and I recall my feelings when Mike put me on-air for the first time
  • I share the advice I give kids/students who ask me about a career in broadcast
  • Mike tells us the importance of delivery when it comes to being on-air and gives his advice to students looking to get their foot in the door with broadcast
  • Mike tells us about going to college in Las Vegas for radio…and then dropping out
  • Tells us about his first job in radio and the stupid thing he said on-air during his first broadcast
  • Shares why a horrible LIVE night shift job was the best thing for his career
  • Mike tells us how he found out he didn’t want to do sports reporting and why covering the Packers wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be
  • Reminisces on one of the best memories of his career
  • Tells us about learning on the job and about his mentor and friend Thom Gerretsen
  •  Mike and I talk about how he is really just a child stuck in an adult body

Mentioned in this Episode

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Contributing to Future Shows

If you have a question for Mike that we didn’t cover in this show OR if you have a question for me you’d like to hear answered on a future show, connect with me via social media or slide in my DMs!

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