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Mike Perini is Michigan Radio's midday host. He started at the station in 1996 as a temporary, fill-in announcer and was made the full-time midday host in 2002. Mike likes to spend his vacations visiting some of the offbeat places in America's heartland.
How did you get involved in radio?
I started in the mid-80s at WJJX, a tiny Top 40 training station at the University of Michigan. After a hiatus, in 1994 I moved on to WCBN, the student-run eclectic music station. I'm still doing a radio show there once a week.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Aside from eating interesting food and hanging out with interesting people, I love to explore Americana, from the Motown Museum in Detroit to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
What has been your most memorable experience as a reporter and on-air host?
I've had many, but the one that may have stretched me the farthest as a radio person was going curling in Windsor, Ontario, for a story on Olympic events. I didn't know I had muscles in those places. I'm still not sure I do.
Do you have a favorite program on Michigan Radio?
What day is it? Let's see, it could be The Story, Weekend Edition (Saturday or Sunday), Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me...or...something else. I like to be drawn into conversations...I like to be educated while I'm straightening out the apartment...and laughing brings oxygen to the brain, doesn't it?