Mike currently hosts and produces shows for the digital media brand LittleThings. With distribution on Facebook Live and various OTT platforms, the shows play to both the 10+ million fans LittleThings has on Facebook and soon to be lots more!
Before that, he hosted and produced an hour-long panel show for the San Diego Padres called Padres Social Hour, broadcast live on FOX Sports San Diego and Padres.com. The seven-days-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. His responsibilities included scripting, editing, production, talent management, and hosting of multiple videos per day.
He also hosts The Mike Janela Show (very original title) podcast, available on iTunes and Stitcher, interviewing influencers in the pop culture, sports, and entertainment worlds. Click on the picture to listen to the show.
From 2009-14, Mike traveled the world as a judge and media personality for Guinness World Records. From interviewing legendary record breakers like Vanna White to riding along for once-in-a-lifetime feats like a Panama Canal surfboard crossing, Mike has made his mark on the entertainment world.
The digital videos Mike has hosted have attracted nearly 10 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 in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center with Brooklyn Decker, and emceeing GMDC’s annual global vendors retreat in 2014.
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 in 2007. He’s been to 35 countries, 49 states, 27 MLB teams’ stadiums and swears he’s not too old to love professional wrestling.