An accomplished host, producer, and writer, Mike currently serves as a digital media and gameday stadium host for the New York Mets, host/writer for MSG Networks, Billboard News, The Hollywood Reporter, and the American Kennel Club, and emcee/moderator for the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association, AdExchanger Awards, Folio Awards, and other live events.
He’s also a media coach for aspiring on-air talent through his Mike Janela Media company.
Before all that, Mike hosted and produced live shows and video packages for the digital media brand LittleThings. With distribution on Facebook Live and various OTT platforms, the shows played to both the 13+ million fans LittleThings had on Facebook and many more on Smart TV apps of all kinds.
Before THAT, Mike hosted and produced an hour-long panel talk show for the San Diego Padres called Padres Social Hour, broadcast live on FOX Sports San Diego and Padres.com. The seven-day-a-week show covered the latest in Padres baseball, MLB news and notes, and lots of stories outside the world of sports, with fans able to interact and ask questions live via social media. Guests ran the gamut from baseball legends like Mark McGwire and Dave Winfield to entertainment icons like actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar and rapper Snoop Dogg.
Prior to heading West, Mike hosted daily news and pop culture videos for short-form digital video distributor Zazoom Media Group, having worked on the company’s Buzz60 flagship brand and leading its 80Twelve white-label product, with a focus on sports, entertainment, and trending topics. His responsibilities included hosting, scripting, editing, production, talent management, and directing multiple videos per day.
He also hosts Living the Damn Dream — available anywhere you listen to podcasts — with actress and host Sarah Pribis, discussing what it’s like to make it as talent in media. Click on the show thumbnail for links on where to listen.
From 2009-14, Mike traveled the world as a judge and media personality for Guinness World Records. He also returned to GWR as a traveling adjudicator in 2018, having judged everything from the largest meatball to the longest marathon playing guitar.
While with GWR, Mike made his mark on the entertainment world doing everything from interviewing legendary record breakers like Vanna White to riding along on historic feats like an unprecedented Panama Canal surfboard crossing. Other record breakers Mike got to work with include LeBron James, Kelly Ripa, world’s shortest woman Jyoti Amge, and this late, great game show legend and childhood hero you might recognize.
During his time as GWR spokesman, Mike appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with other appearances on MTV, FOX, ESPN and dozens of other national, cable, digital, and local news networks.
Mike also has experience in live events, among them co-hosting Gillette’s “Shave & Kiss” campaign launch in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center with Brooklyn Decker, emceeing GMDC’s annual global vendors retreat, moderating the San Diego Padres Social Media Summit, and serving as host and moderator of the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association’s annual convention in Chicago.
He’s even been known to emcee a wedding or two and you might find him hosting a trivia night at your local bar once in awhile.
Back in the day, Mike served as a play-by-play commentator and studio host for the Villanova Wildcats, Hickory Crawdads, and UNC Greensboro Spartans, after starting his career as a newspaper sports reporter with The Home News (N.J.) Tribune.
Mike grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He once won $150,000 and the bonus vacation on ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid, becoming the first player to ever do that. Which was cool. And after getting to appear on Jeopardy! in 2014, he got to actually return and play as a contestant in 2022. He lost to a future 20+ game-winning champ. Which wasn’t SO cool. But still extremely cool!
He’s been to 45 countries, all 50 states, 29 MLB teams’ stadiums, and swears he’s not too old to love professional wrestling.