Mike Silva is a freelance writer and radio host that started his media career in 2007.
Unlike other industry professionals, Mike didn’t go to college for media as his experience comes from over a decade in corporate America.
In 2007, Mike decided to create his own personal media brand called New York Baseball Talk. Growing up a huge baseball fan he was a frequent visitor to blogs, message boards and a listener of talk radio. He believed the world of independent media could use a passionate, yet professional, voice that discusses the topics at hand intelligently. He describes himself as being raw and unfiltered, but not inappropriate.The genesis of New York Baseball Talk is having a show that is content-driven, but accountable and entertaining.
What other sports deserves 24/7/365 coverage in this town than baseball? New York Baseball Talk sponsored by Free the Fan launched in March of 2007. The show was all about New York baseball from the independent leagues to the MLB. Never before was there a show that combined journalists, authors, blogs, as well as current and former athletes. Mike was not only the host, but he produced and marketed the show, as well.
He took the show to Blog Talk Radio platform in late 2007 as a way to expand his reach across the country. During that time he freelanced with Gotham Sports Media, co-hosting the show “Live from Mickey Mantle’s.”
In July of 2008 he enhanced the radio show to include a social media component. That’s where Mike Silva’s New York Baseball Digest was created. It’s his own independent “digest” of New York baseball where you can listen, read, watch video and interact. Fans were able to enjoy the conversation everywhere, whether it’s the columns and blog spots on nybaseballdigest.com, or the interaction on Twitter and Facebook. Fans were able to listen to the show via Smart Phone app, Blog Talk Radio, or traditional radio (1240 AM WGBB).
Mike and NYBD made national news in December of 2011 when John Rocker revealed on his radio program that he failed a steroid test while playing for Atlanta in the late-nineties. There were mentions in various newspapers and media outlets, including the New York Daily News.
NYBD had a great run that ended in May of 2012.
Also in 2011 Mike launched Sports Media Watchdog, which delved into the world of media. At SMW he commented on various topics related to sports media around the country. It was a combination of interviews, short blog posts, unique videos and audio from an outsider who is living in the insider world of media.
What is Mike up to today? You can subscribe to hear his radio appearances at the Sports Media Watchdog Radio Network. There you can hear his podcast with co-host Steve Keane, and his monthly appearances on 1240 AM WGBB. He also contributes bi-monthly to Big Leagues Magazine.
Mike has interviewed many baseball luminaries including Tim Raines, Ron Darling, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Bouton, John Olerud, Scott Brosius, Moose Skowron, Roy White, Brooks Robinson, Frank Viola, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, Daniel Murphy, R.A. Dickey, Yankees Batting Coach Kevin Long, John Rocker, Dale Murphy, Jimmy Qualls and the late Hall of Fame announcer, Ernie Harwell.
Many writers and authors have made appearances as well. Bill Madden, Kevin Kernan, Jane Leavy, Adam Rubin, Jeff Pearlman, Peter Golenbock, Ira Berkow, Historian John Thorn, Mark Simon, Peter Abraham, Peter Vecsey and Ian O’ Connor make up this impressive list.
Mike has talked sports with radio and television personalities such as Sid Rosenberg, WFAN’s Evan Roberts, Brandon Tierney of the CBS Sports Radio Network, Dino Costa of Mad Dog Radio on Sirius, Justin Termine of Sirius’ Off the Dribble, and Phillies television broadcaster Tom McCarthy.
If you want to get an outsiders take about being on the inside of the media, then Mike is your guy.
If you have a question or like to contact Mike for an appearance or business opportunity please contact him here.
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