For more than 16 years, sports fans have been waking up with Mike Greenberg – half of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning Mike & Mike, the perfect sports fan complement to his ex-jock co-host former NFLer Mike Golic. The show (6 – 10 a.m. ET), simulcast on ESPN2 since 2005, is available on ESPN Radio, ESPNradio.com, ESPN app, SiriusXM and ESPN affiliates across the country.
In April 2016, Greenberg and Golic were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame and are now among an esteemed group that includes Paul Harvey, Vin Scully, Harry Caray and Orson Welles.
“Greeny,” as he is called, joined ESPN in September 1996 as an anchor for the November launch of ESPNEWS. He later anchored SportsCenter for many years, even long after Mike & Mike launched on January 3, 2000.
Playing off their many “Oscar and Felix-like” differences – passionate fan and journalism grad vs. NFL lineman, health nut and germ-a-phobe vs. burly man of prodigious appetite – Greenberg and Golic have parlayed their winning formula to team on a variety of events:
- 11 appearances on Late Night with David Letterman.
- Announced and played in Legends Game at Yankees Stadium in 2008 and St. Louis in 2009
- Appeared as “guest conductors” at Wrigley Field, leading Cubs fans in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” multiple times
- Appeared in two motion pictures with Golic, Valentine’s Day and Just Wright
- Served as guest emcee at White House Tee Ball game on the South Lawn and attended official White House dinner in July 2008
- In-stadium announcers for Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby in 2013 and 2014
The duo have also appeared on other ESPN shows and outlets: the weekly Mike & Mike’s Best of the NFL on ESPN, a primetime special on ESPN, Mike & Mike at Night; as themselves in an ESPN prime-time scripted drama (TILT); hosting a summer prime-time bowling series featuring pro athletes (League Night); and online as star characters in ESPN.com’s Sports Emmy Award-winning “Off Mikes” animated comedy series.
It is through the morning radio show, however, that Greenberg has become best known. The program was first simulcast on ESPNEWS in 2004 and moved to ESPN2 in January 2005.
Greenberg has also been part of ESPN Radio major feats: along with co-host Golic they staged the network’s largest-ever promotion – “Mike & Mike’s Marriage Madness” — in which 500 couples applied for the chance to be married on the show.
In 2007, Greenberg’s first book, Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot, spent five weeks on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers list and was nominated for a Quill Award. It was the humorous self-deprecating account of his life as sports fan and husband.
In April 2010, Greenberg, along with Golic, released Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life which reached number 3 on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers List.
In April 2013, Greenberg debuted his first novel, All You Could Ask For, as a tribute after a family friend, Heidi Armitage, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and lost her battle to the disease that same year. The novel, which was listed on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers list, is written from the perspectives of three women, strangers confronted with cancer diagnoses, who find each other while confronting their own battles with the disease. Along with Greenberg’s wife, Stacy, 100% of the proceeds from the novel will be donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
In January 2015, Greenberg’s second novel, My Father’s Wives, hit stores.
In 2016, in addition to the NAB Hall of Fame, Greenberg was inducted into Northwestern’s Medill Hall of Achievement, which honors Medill alumni whose distinctive careers have had positive impacts in their fields.
Prior to joining ESPN Greenberg had worked as a sports anchor/reporter for the regional cable news network CLTV in Chicago since April 1995. While there, he covered all local sports teams for the 24-hour cable news network, anchored sportscasts and hosted SportsPage, a one-hour Sunday night program featuring live guests and viewer calls
In addition, Greenberg had worked for Chicago’s WSCR-Radio (1992-96) serving as a reporter covering events including the World Series and Super Bowl and talk show host.
In the fall of 2013, Greenberg served as the Grand Marshal of the homecoming parade at his alma mater, Northwestern, as well as honorary team captain for the Wildcats’ football team one week.
From 1994-95, Greenberg worked as a reporter for SportsChannel Chicago. He also worked as a syndicated sports columnist for the California-based Copley News Service, writing a weekly column (1993-95). Previously Greenberg worked for Chicago’s WMAQ-Radio as sports anchor/reporter from 1989-92.
Greenberg is a 1989 graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The New York City native is married and has two children.