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.