Drive Time with Mike Miller - Sports Talk Radio Show


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."




 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 CBS Sports 106.5FM, listeners can listen live from their computers or smart devices at 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."

CBS Sports 106.5FM The Ticket is home of Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball, the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, NFL Sunday Night and Monday Night football (which includes playoffs and Super Bowl), the Bowl Championship Series, NCAA March Madness basketball, along with local high school football and basketball.
"We are very excited about bringing this show to the Toledo Market, Drive Time with Mike Miller will be a great addition to our already impressive lineup of Mike and Mike in the Morning, Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt and Toledo's #1 Sports show The Front Row with Norm Wamer," said Chris Lipford, Sales Manager for CBS Sports Radio 106.5 The Ticket.

Cumulus Toledo recently promoted Monroe native Chris Lipford from his account executive position to local sales manager for WLQR CBS Sports 106.5 The Ticket, Toledo's only 24 hour sports station. Chris has been with Cumulus since 2011 with a background of over 14 years of sales/marketing experience in various fields of business.

Norm Wamer, program director for 106.5FM, will precede "Drive Time" from 3-5pm with his show "The Front Row with Norm Wamer." As program director, Wamer has assembled a sports lineup second to none.  Once striking a partnership as a CBS Sports radio affiliate, Wamer added the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, Sunday night and Monday night NFL football and Bowling Green football and basketball to go with Ohio State football and basketball among all the sports that CBS Sports radio provides to form a sports radio powerhouse.
***The FIVE-Star team at the Monroe Superstore is celebrating our 47th anniversary with thousands of satisfied customers from Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio.


Former NFL Detroit Lions (1965-69) & Baltimore Colts (1970-72) FB/RB, Tom Nowatzke, visits the Monroe Superstore as a special guest on Drive Time
with Mike Miller
on Thursday, January 24,2013.

Tom Nowatzke and son, Nick Nowatzke, at the Monroe Superstore on January 24, 2013;
pictured here with Mike Miller of Drive Time.
Nick is currently a student at the University of Toledo.

Ralph Mahalak Jr. with NHL Great, Gordie Howe

JP Mahalak, Gordie Howe "Mr. Hockey", and Ralph Mahalak Jr.

Ralph Mahalak Jr., Detroit Tiger Mickey Lolich, & JP Mahalak


Listen weekday evenings to hear DRIVE TIME with Mike Miller, broadcasting LIVE from the

Monroe Superstore New Vehicle Showroom
5:00pm - 6:00pm, Monday thru Friday!


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