MONROE SUPERSTORE DRIVES NEW CBS SPORTS RADIO SHOW | MONROE, MI
A new radio show driven by the Low Payment King at the Monroe Superstore premieres on 106.5FM The Ticket. The show, "Drive Time with Mike Miller" will air weeknights from 5 to 6 pm from inside the Monroe Superstore and other remote locations.
"Drive Time" will feature interviews with guests in the sporting community. The host, Mike Miller will also communicate live with listeners who visit the Monroe Superstore during the show and through Facebook, Twitter and phone calls.
"Our show is being fueled by the sports personalities and the knowledge we are bringing to each and every show. We want our listeners to be able to interact with us, and also have the opportunity to interact with our guests. It's not every day that someone can pick up the phone and ask the Tiger's pitching coach a question," Miller said.
While two thirds of the show's broadcasting will come from inside the Monroe Superstore, the other third will be broadcast from remote locations. A few of the locations will include high-profile charity events and sporting events such as the Owens Corning Toledo Classic, US Senior Open, Friday night high school football game previews and outdoor hockey games at Comerica Park during the winter.
In addition to the live broadcast on ESPN 106.5FM, listeners can listen live from their computers or smart devices at MonroeSuperstore.com. The show will lead into many Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings games.
Miller resides in Monroe County, Michigan and has an impressive resume in sports broadcasting. Miller's broadcast career began in 1980 and he broadcast his 2000th game in the spring of 2011. He is the only Toledo born and raised, play-by-play broadcaster to reach the "major league" level having worked in the booth in both the NHL and the PGA Tour.
Ralph Mahalak Jr., owner of the Monroe Superstore said, "We are very proud and excited to have people like Mike Miller on our team. However, the focus of the show is going to be on the tremendous guests that the he will be interviewing."
Mike Miller Broadcast Career
Mike Miller’s Broadcast Career has spanned four decades and 35 years. Miller’s primary radio work has been in the hockey industry which started in 1980 when he provided the commentary and play by play for his home town team the Toledo Goaldiggers in the IHL. The games were aired on WOHO 1470 AM in Toledo. Toledo won back to back championships (Turner Cup) in 1982 and 1983. Miller spent 5 seasons with the Goaldiggers before moving on to the Kalamazoo Wings, also in the IHL. Miller spent eight seasons in Kalamazoo as the clubs play by play broadcaster and also served as the team’s Director of Communications and Radio Sales. In 13 seasons in the IHL Miller provided the play by play for 1005 games. Miller missed one game in that span to get married in January of 1985. The Kalamazoo Wings games were carried on 50,000 watt WNWN FM 98.5. Miller later built a seven station radio network in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area.
In October of 1993 Miller fulfilled a lifelong dream of broadcasting at the major league level when he was hired to call the games for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. The Devils were aired on one of the most recognizable and historic radio stations in North America. WABC 770 AM in New York City. Miller was the voice behind New Jersey’s 1995 and 2000 Stanley Cup Championships. Health issues forced Miller from the broadcast after 9 unforgettable seasons with New Jersey. Miller left the booth to enter the management ranks of the hockey industry in 2003. Miller was the Vice President and General Manager of the Toledo Storm of the ECHL for four seasons and also spent time with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets in the corporate relations sector.
Mike Miller returned to the airways with yet another iconic North American radio station CKLW AM 800 in 2008 as the voice of the Canadian Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires were he has spent the last 6 seasons. Windsor won the coveted Memorial Cup twice (2009 and 2010) which symbolizes Canada’s National Championship. Miller was fitted with championship rings five and six in his hockey career.
Mike has hosted the longest running sports specialty show in Toledo. “Face Off “the “Hockey Show” is in its 14th season and airs on Wednesday Nights from 6 to 7pm on 106.5 The Ticket. The show includes guest from every level of hockey, the NHL to High School Hockey. It airs from the Loft Restaurant inside the Sylvania Tam O Shanter Complex.
In May of 2012 Miller and Cumulus Toledo launched a one hour Sports Talk magazine named “Drive Time” It airs from Monroe Dodge nightly from 5 to 6pm. The format and guest lineup includes coverage of the regional teams in the area. Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Pistons, Buckeyes, Michigan, MSU, BG, Walleye, Mud Hens. Drive Time will air its 500th show in April.
Mike Miller’s career also includes being contracted by XM Satellite radio to host and provide coverage of professional golf on the PGA Tour. The highlight was calling Chris Dimarco’s winning putt which gave the USA the Presidents Cup in 2005.
ESPN programming to return to WLQR-FM
TOLEDO BLADE 12/10/2015
Beginning at midnight Sunday, ESPN syndicated programming will return to WLQR-FM 106.5 (The Ticket).
This means the return of ESPN's drive-time ratings juggernaut Mike & Mike in the morning and goodbye to CBS's Gio And Jones (Chris Jones and Brian Giannotti).
The switch to ESPN's syndicated radio programming only affects the CBS talk shows, said Andy Stuart, the regional vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media Toledo, which owns WLQR.
The station's local shows, The Bob Frantz Afternoon Extravaganza from 3 to 5 p.m., and Drive Time with Mike Miller from 5 to 6 p.m., will continue without changes, as will the Ticket's live broadcasts of Ohio State University football and basketball as well as local high school games.
Since WLQR dropped ESPN programming for CBS Sports Radio nearly three years ago there has been a substantial drop in audience - particularly in the morning - just as it has for almost every Cumulus-owned sports talk radio station that made the switch.
"[CBS Sports Radio] never turned out [to be] what we hoped it would be, and after this period of time it was my decision to change it back to ESPN," Stuart said of the decision.
"... The ESPN brand is so powerful in the sports fan community that everything else just pails in comparison."