“If you’re good to your teammates and the sales team, you provide ratings, and you’re not a bull in a china shop, you can stick around in this business.” – Mike Wickett
Mike Wickett has always loved radio. In a previous life, his goal was to spin tunes and be a Top 40 DJ. Until that one time when he came a sports radio call screener.
The rest is history.
Now Wickett is part of one of the most popular morning shows in all of Wisconsin, regardless of format. Milwaukee’s “Chuck and Wickett” on 105.7 The Fan is as popular for their off-the-board segments as they are with their “Green And Gold” Mondays in Packer Country.
Wickett, a decade-long mainstay in Milwaukee now (originally from Michigan), talks about how tough it is to breakthrough in a non-hometown market, the differences in sports radio now compared to when he began, his biggest turn offs about the sports radio industry and much more in this edition of The PASR.
INSIDE THIS EPISODE
- Going to broadcasting school and wanting to become a DJ
- Having a desire to work in radio starting in 7th grade
- Getting a chance to screen calls for Doug Karsch and Dennis Fithian
- When he realized that his job in sports radio had turned into a career
- How his relationship with Ryan Maguire led him from Michigan to Milwaukee
- Why he believes he’s been able to last more than a decade in his current spot
- What makes his show unique and how it’s perceived by local listeners
- How sports radio has changed since he got started in the business
- The areas in the radio industry today that he believes are lacking
- Why he feels social media is critical in today’s sports radio business
- Incorporating guy talk into his program and why it works with the audience
- Different outside the box ideas that have been popular on his program
- Including phone calls in his show and how he views their importance
- What his Program Director Tom Parker would say his show can do better
- The various things a host can do to endear themselves to a new market
- Still playing SEGA and Nintendo games and the songs he used to intro as a DJ
FROM THE GUEST
- Mike’s Twitter handle: @MikeWickett
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Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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Demetri is joined by Derek Futterman and Garrett Searight this week as Media Noise does a deep dive into ESPN Radio’s lineup change, taking both a national and New York-centric view.
Demetri Ravanos is the Assistant Content Director for Barrett Sports Media. He hosts the Chewing Clock and Media Noise podcasts. He occasionally fills in on stations across the Carolinas. Previous stops include WAVH and WZEW in Mobile, AL, WBPT in Birmingham, AL and WBBB, WPTK and WDNC in Raleigh, NC. You can find him on Twitter @DemetriRavanos and reach him by email at DemetriTheGreek@gmail.com.
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Stephen Strom can be heard hosting ‘The Sports Talkers Podcast’ for Barrett Sports Media. In addition to hosting here, Stephen works as a broadcasting assistant for the Miami Heat and color analyst for Nova Southeastern. Additional career experiences include working for SiriusXM, performing analyst duties for Princeton basketball, and hosting shows for TalkNorth.com. You can find him on Twitter @SStrom_.
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Brady Farkas is a sports radio professional with 5+ years of experience as a Program Director, On-Air Personality, Assistant Program Director and Producer in Burlington, VT and Albany, NY. He’s well versed in content creation, developing ideas to generate ratings and revenue, working in a team environment, and improving and growing digital content thru the use of social media, audio/video, and station websites. His primary goal is to host a daily sports talk program for a company/station that is dedicated to serving sports fans. You can find him on Twitter @WDEVRadioBrady and reach him by email at email@example.com.