Michigan's BIG Show
Michigan's BIG Show
FOX 47, Weekday Mornings, 6-8am.
Award-winning morning radio host Michael Patrick Shiels, who was a producer for Detroit radio legends J.P. McCarthy and Dick Purtan, returns to the airwaves with a weekday news/talk show from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. on FOX 47 TV.
“Michigan’s Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels” will cover news, politics, business, entertainment, sports and lifestyles from a Michigan perspective through interviews with newsmakers worldwide. The fast-moving show appears on more than 10 radio stations statewide as well as FOX 47 WSYM-TV in Lansing.
“Even though I coaxed Mitt Romney into promising me on the air that he’d make me U.S. ambassador to Ireland if he becomes president, I’m very happy to be back on the air in Detroit ,” said Shiels, who honed his skills as a producer for McCarthy and Purtan. “J.P. McCarthy and Dick Purtan became Radio Hall of Famers because their listeners recognized they could talk about important issues without being self-important. Having learned from them, I make sure my show leaves out the boring parts.”
Shiels, 44, was honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as Network Personality of the Year in March, and multiple times, for his personable interviews and non-partisan approach. He is also a columnist and author who collaborated on titles with Larry King and Donald Trump, and has hosted live broadcasts from locations such as the Mackinac Policy Conference; Washington , D.C. ; Jerusalem, and Ireland.
“Michael Patrick Shiels brings people from both sides of an issue to debate the issues that matter to Michigan — always in a thoughtful, and often entertaining, way,” said Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer.
Added former Republican state Sen. Jason Allen, who also operates a retail business in Traverse City, “Michael Patrick’s relevant topics, newsworthy guests, positive energy and interview skills make his show a must-listen to for all of Michigan.”
In addition to Romney, Shiels has interviewed presidential candidates Trump, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Herman Cain, and Jesse Jackson. He’s also chatted up “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, MSNBC political analyst Eugene Robinson and Michigan’s past three governors – James Blanchard, John Engler, and Jennifer Granholm plus current Gov. Rick Snyder. He also has interviewed the most respected names in sports, including CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz, ESPN’s Mike Tirico, Wayne Gretzky, University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke and Michigan State University men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo.
Shiels will be joined on “Michigan’s Big Show” by producer Michael Loepp and technical director Dave “Beagle” Grost. Contributors include legendary meteorologist John McMurray, veteran sportscaster Rich Kincaide, and “World Correspondent” Nicky Hale. The show is syndicated by Jeff and Suzanne Huard’s Spotlight Productions.