An accomplished host, producer, and writer, Mike currently freelances as talent for various outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard News, mobile trivia game show Reward the Fan, and 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 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 has on Facebook and many more on Smart TV apps of all kinds.
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-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. 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, 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.
Mike’s digital videos have attracted nearly 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 in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center with Brooklyn Decker, emceeing GMDC’s annual global vendors retreat in 2014, moderating the Padres Social Media Summit in 2016, and serving as host and moderator of the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association’s annual convention in 2018.
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 38 countries, 49 states, 29 MLB teams’ stadiums, and swears he’s not too old to love professional wrestling.