Big Mike


Big Mike has been waking up Syracuse since 1980 and Central New York loves him! Mike’s been nationally honored four times as Billboard Magazine’s Personality of the Year, is in the SAMMY’s Hall of Fame and has helped raise thousands of dollars for community causes with his annual Christmastime In Syracuse CDs. Mike was a First Class Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and is currently a member of the National Geographic Society. Known as The Morning Mayor, The Duke of Dawn, The Earl of Early, The Sultan of Sunrise, The Morning Moses (“let my people rise”), and The Superintendent of School Closings, Big Mike will wake you up in a good mood. Lots of Classic Hits: Sunny 102′s No Repeat Workday starts at 6am, so when you hear a song in the morning you won’t hear it again later at work.  Always good, clean fun with The Big Mike in the Morning Show, featuring Mike Ellis, Jim Campagna, Cindy Humble and all you need to start your day.

Listen to Mike on the Big Mike Morning Show every weekday from 5:30 to 10:00am. Email him at

What is the last book you read?
I’m now reading Rudeness and Civility: Manners in 19th Century Urban America by John Kasson. Fascinating history of the development of etiquette. I am hoping to someday become a Gentleman’s Gentleman, such as Alfred is to Bruce Wayne. May I, with your kind permission, proceed? Thank you.

What would you find in your refrigerator right now?
Cream-colored coneys and crisp apple strudels; pretzels and cheese balls and schnitzel with noodles. Sounds odd but these are a few of my favorite things.

What do you love?
Ben and Jerry’s Bonnaroo Buzz (Coffee & Malt Ice Creams with Toffee Chunks & a Whiskey Caramel Swirl). I’m gonna get some right now……………………….. I’m back.

Favorite breakfast food?
Frittata from Mother’s Cupboard on James Street. I once ate the “Whole” (Keith Kobland witnessed it) and I’m on the wall of fame there.

What were you like as a child?
Beleeve it or not, I was a speling bee champ…. OK, maybe not.

What super power would you have if you were a superhero?
Flying. I already have x-ray vision (Hey, I can see your underwear! Nice …).

If somebody gave you an elephant, what would you do with it?
No problem, since the kids moved out we have a spare bedroom.

Who would play you in a movie?
George Clooney! That’s my choice. But probably it will be Paul Giamatti.

If you were a famous artist, what would be on your backstage tour rider?
See “What do you love?” above.

If you could stage the ultimate tour of any band (living or dead) who would it involve?
The Beatles.

Favorite concert you’ve seen?
Bruce Springsteen in December 1980.

What’s the best part of your job?
Getting paid to have fun.