An accomplished host, producer, and writer, Mike currently serves as a gameday stadium host for all New York Mets home games, host and writer for mobile trivia game show Reward the Fan, and emcee/moderator for the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association. And yeah, the picture at the top of the page is real: he recently won $150,000 on ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid, becoming the first player in program history to win both competitive rounds and the show’s bonus vacation.
Before all that, Mike hosted and produced live shows and packaged videos 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 many 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 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 scripting, editing, production, talent management, and hosting multiple videos per day.
He also hosts The Mike Janela Show (very original title) podcast — available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher — interviewing influencers in the pop culture, sports, and entertainment worlds. Click on the show thumbnail to listen to past episodes.
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 “most basketball 3-pointers made in one minute.”
While with GWR, Mike made his mark on the entertainment world doing everything from interviewing legendary record breakers like Vanna White to riding along for once-in-a-lifetime feats like a 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 game show host you might recognize.
During his time as GWR spokesman, Mike appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with other featured appearances on MTV, FOX, ESPN and dozens of other cable, digital, and local news networks.
Mike’s digital videos have attracted more than 100 million views, while he’s also been profiled by ESPN.com and Business Insider. Mike also has experience in live events, among them co-hosting Gillette’s 2013 “Shave & Kiss” campaign launch in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center with Brooklyn Decker, emceeing GMDC’s annual global vendors retreat in 2014, moderating the San Diego Padres Social Media Summit in 2016, and serving as host and moderator of the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association’s annual convention in Chicago.
He also 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.
Mike grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He’s been to 39 countries, 49 states, 29 MLB teams’ stadiums, and swears he’s not too old to love professional wrestling.