Mike North's BiographyClick Here for the "Man In The Mirror" Poem
Raised in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, Mike's first real job was as a hot dog vendor at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park in 1969. After a stint in the military and several jobs with the City of Chicago, Mike capitalized on his talent for serving hot food and spicy sports talk and opened his hot dog stand, Be-Be's, in 1985.
Among Mike's frequent customers was the staff of Diamond Broadcasting, owners of WXRT-FM and WSBC-AM. After suggesting the idea of a sports show to the Diamond management team, North launched the "NFL Handicap Show" on WSBC in 1990. Then, in 1992, the first Chicago-based sports radio station, The Score Sports Radio 820, was born. Mike was offered a job to host a radio show with former Chicago Bear, Dan Jiggetts, and soon they became "The Monsters of the Midday", delivering a unique brand of opinionated, street-smart, sports talk to Chicago sports fans.
In September of 1999, the Score changed signals and line-ups. The frequency became 1160AM and Mike began hosting his own show, "The Mike North Show", from 12-4pm Monday through Friday. "My show is like sports with all the trimmings," says North, "it's everything you want ... exactly how you want it."
In August of 2000, The Score once again changed frequencies, this time to 670AM--the current station. Two years later Mike teamed up with another former Chicago Bear, Doug Buffone, and they soon became known as "The Wise Guys".
In September of 2004, North moved from the midday to the mornings to host The Mike North Morning Show with Fred Huebner till June 2008.
Mike left the Score in 2008. He was the first broadcaster to do a live web show from a private business website., wildfirerestaurant.com. Mike wrote three columns a week for Chicago Sun-Times for 2 years and also was a featured writer for The Chicago Defender. Mike was the executive producer and co-host of The Monsters In the Morning on Comcast SportsNet and worked at CBS on Monsters and Money.
North presently co-hosts Daybreak, a morning radio show with Andy Furman on Foxsports Radio Mon-Fri from 5AM-8AM CST. In 2010 North formed his own production company Lucky Dog Productions. All of North's video segments, as well as a variety of other programming, can be found on The Mike North Entertainment Network at NorthToNorth.com or Dailyherald.com.
Currently, Mike is a columnist for the Daily Herald with twice weekly columns - "The Rebel Inside" and contributes videos three times a week for their website. He also writes a column once a week for Gaming Today - a Las Vegas based newspaper.
Mike has been handicapping games for over 20 years. H e has provided expert picks for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, numerous local and national radio shows and has recently joined Thephillygodfather.com site as a premier handicapper.
Mike has gone one on one with many well-known sports figures such as Pete Rose, Dick Butkus, Walter Payton, and Wilt Chamberlain, while hosting his TV shows. Mike has won two Emmys: one for his North Side segments on Fox TV and one for his Primetime TV show. Mike has also won four Achievement in Radio Awards: He was named Radio Broadcaster of the year in 1996, Mike and Dan Jiggetts received the Best Midday Show in Chicago and Best Sports Show in 1997, and he won Best Talent on a News, Talk, Personality, or Sports Station in 2002.
Mike's other accomplishments include: Receiving the Entertainer of the Year award by the Special Children's Charities, the Irv Kupcinet award by the Ed Kelly Giant Awards, and the Richard J. Daley award by the Red Cloud Athletic Fund. Mike's persistence in bringing 16-inch softball to the Chicago high school system as a varsity sport, a game he himself loves to play, earned him Man of the Year in 1999 awarded by The Softball Hall of Fame. Mike was selected by the Board of Directors of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to be the recipient of the prestigious 2004 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2005, Mike won a Telly award for a commercial he appeared in. Mike won the Silver Circle Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice of Chicago and Greater Illinois. Mike was honored as a 2006 Inductee into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. - the first radio broadcaster ever to be inducted. Mike also received the 2006 Media Excellence Award from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Mike was an assistant basketball coach at Notre Dame High School for 6 years. He sat in for Dom Imus on the WFAN in New York. Steve Stone, noted broadcaster, commented that Mike North is the best one on one interviewer he has ever heard. Mike has conducted over 16,000 interviews. Jesse Jackson and Mike North worked together to persuade the Chicago Cubs to erect a statue for Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. Opening day 2008 was the dedication. Mike was featured on HBO's Bob Costas Now as one of the premier sports radio hosts in the country.
Mike and his wife Be-Be live in the Northwest suburbs with their dog "Lucky", a black lab mix from the Anti Cruelty Society.