Iconic Sportscaster, Lesley Visser, Joins M&M on 8/24

Lesley Visser is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time. Lesley was the first women recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as she was the 2006 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. The award is given annually by the Hall of Fame to recognize “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.” In six Halls of Fame, Visser is often recognized as the…

The “Mick”, Billy O’Connor, Honored as One of the Top 40 Over 40 Podcasters in America By Frankie Blake

Podcast Magazine has honored Billy O’Connor, “the Mick” of A Mick A Mook and A Mic, as one of the Top 40 over 40 Podcasters in America. The Bronx native was honored for his eclectic lifestyle, freewheeling jargon, and for his phoenix-like transformation later in life.  Billy was a Vietnam Vet, a 20-year member of the FDNY, and was present front and center for the “big dig” after 9/11.   The Irish-born O’Connor has outpaced alcoholism,…

Actor Phil Morris, of Seinfeld Fame, Joins Mick & Mook on 817

Actor Phil Morris will join Mick and Mook on the August 17th podcast. The talented Morris played Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, John Jones on The CW series Smallville and Silas Stone in Doom Patrol. He also played Zendaya’s, Dad, Dr, Rocky Blue in the hit Disney Channel series, Shake It Up.  Phil can currently be seen in the streaming series, Bosch Legacy.. Morris’s first acting role was as a child when he appeared in the…

ME & VIN
by Charley Steiner
LA Dodger Broadcaster

When I was a 5-year old child, growing up on Long Island, playing stick ball on the street with the unrestrained joy of, well, a 5-year old, I started to hear about the Dodgers. Then I heard the Dodgers on a big radio in my mom’s very small kitchen. The sound of the crowd. The crack of the bat. And the voice. The over-arching voice of 25-year old Vin Scully. I was the RCA Victor…

Remembering Bill Russell – The Greatest Sports Champion Ever
by Gil Vieira

Bill Russell was the greatest basketball player of my youth and, by far, the greatest sports ‘Champion’ of my lifetime.  Boston Celtics great Bill Russell passed away this week. He was 88 years-old. Russell was drafted in 1956 – and during his 13-year playing career in the NBA, he won 11 Championships, including 8-in-a-row! However, his NBA rings weren’t his only championships, as he also won 2 NCAA Championships for the San Francisco Dons, a…

The Pump Brothers

Basketball is their passion. Indentical twins with with the bright red hair, Dana and David Pump, started their first basketball camp for neighborhood kids at the age of 16 in Northridge, CA. Soon thereafter, you could find them sitting in the bleachers of high school gyms throughout Southern California, logging thousands of hours watching games. They quickly established themselves as the go-to resource for college coaches. If a kid was from the West Coast, chances…

ELVIS, ME & TCB
by Frank Pace

I just saw the feature film, ELVIS, which featured a career defining performance by Austin Butler as the King. The bio unexpectedly brought back memories of Dr. George Nichopoulos.  Dr Nick served in the Army Medical Core in Germany before graduating from Vanderbilt Medical school and becoming Elvis personal doctor in 1970. The “feel-good” doctor was supplying drugs to the King of rock and roll throughout the 70’s, which contributed to Elvis’ passing on August 16,…

William Russ, Actor and Director, Joins M&M on 8/3

William “Rusty” Russ is an actor and television director who is best known for playing Alan Matthews on the sitcom Boy Meets World (1993–2000). He also appeared in the television series Wiseguy, the soap operas Another World and The Young and the Restless, and the feature films The Right Stuff (1983), Pastime (1990), and American History X (1998). Son of a naval officer, he was born in Portsmouth, VA. He enjoys thrill sports and is…

LeBron Ruining the Lakers’ Legacy

In a sports sense, I hate the LA Lakers. I’ve been a Boston Celtics fan since the days of Bill Russell, so…enough said. However, while I dislike the organization, that doesn’t mean I haven’t respected them over the years. The Celtics-Lakers rivalry is one of the best in all of sports. Plus, I actually liked Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. Both were great players and classy men. And while I was never a fan of…

Glenn Hirsch, Nationally known Stand-Up Comedian, Joins M&M on 7/27

With the perception of a streetwise New Yorker and the delivery of a charming court jester, Glenn Hirsch raises stand-up comedy to a refreshing level of hilarity. An articulate, intelligent performer. Hirsch’s routines find ridiculous twists and turns in the most banal daily events, expressing those absurdities in spontaneous, off-the-cuff monologues uncontaminated by the usual peppering of profanity. Graduating from Queen’s College in New York with a drama degree, he took on the city’s renowned…

Peppy Castro, a Multi-talented Rock Legend, Joins Mick & Mook on 7/20

Peppy Castro is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era. He has done it all! Peppy is a successful, seasoned professional with great variety in his music. His fame and first hit record began at the age of 17, as he was one of the founders of the legendary rock group, The Blues Magoos.  Peppy’s rock ‘n roll status led him to a starring role in the…

Remembering Harry Chapin by Roy Firestone

There’s so much darkness in the news. Murder. Frightening truths about a corrupt and vindictive former president. Hard economic times. A bloody war in Ukraine. Sadness seems to be everywhere. It’s actually hard for me to watch the news and stay informed. I’d like this morning instead to remember a good and decent man who left us 41 years ago this week in a tragic car wreck on the Long Island Expressway. His name was…

Russ Ortiz, MLB’s Winningest Pitcher in 2003, Joins Mick & Mook on 7/13

To celebrate baseball’s All Star game, Russ Ortiz, a 21-game winner for the Atlanta Braves in 2003, will join Mick and Mook on the July 13th episode of A Mick A Mook and A Mic. Ortiz’s 12-year career in Major League Baseball saw him garner 113 wins, with only 89 loses. In his 2003 season of 21-wins, he was fourth in the Cy Young Award voting. From 1999 through 2004, Russ won a minimum of…

On Watching a Day Game

I love summer…well, despite the oppressive heat and my aversion to it. But, besides that, I love summer. It’s just so magical, so full of possibilities. Those feelings are probably tied to childhood memories of summer vacations spent swimming, frolicking, and just generally getting into mischief…and if there’s one sporting event that really, truly, screams “summer” it’s an afternoon baseball game. A good old-fashioned day game encapsulates all the best parts of summer: not being in…

Celebrating the Birth of America: The Greatest Country Known to Man

With the Fourth of July approaching, I look forward to celebrating the birth of the greatest country in the history of our planet.  The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies…

John Boggs, Iconic Baseball Agent, Joins Mick & Mook on 7/6

John Boggs is the President & CEO of John Boggs & Associates (JBA Sports), a full-service Athlete Representation & Sports Marketing company which focuses exclusively on baseball. Based in San Diego, CA, Boggs has been representing Athletes and Field Managers in baseball for over 35 years.  He and his company have negotiated over $900M in playing contracts and marketing deals. The prestigious JBA client list has included: Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn, Alan Trammel and…

Muhammad Ali and The Penguin

This is from memory, so the year will come to me later. My late partner Frank Shaw and I had written a Bill Cosby Special. We were taping it at NBC in Burbank. One of the guest stars was Burgess Meredith, glowing in his newfound fame as The Penguin on the Batman series. I didn’t care. To me Burgess Meredith was Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe, George in Of Mice and Men,…

American Hypocrisy Extended to Sports

To be clear, I’m no longer a big golf fan. I haven’t followed golf intently since the days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicholas. I played a lot during my college years and a few years, thereafter…but that was many moons ago.  So, with that said, don’t expect this blog to provide much insight on golf or the new LIV Golf Series. But, rather, it will bring your attention to the ongoing hypocrisy of many…

Going Home

Going home is almost always wonderful, except when it’s to grieve a loss of a loved one. Recently, I went back to my home town, Miami Beach, for my High School reunion, and it was a very joyous time, but there was some, brief, grieving. At my age, many of the people I knew and loved start to pass, and the list of those who left us gets longer with time. We remembered them fondly…

Dan Frischman: Actor, Writer, Director, Joins M&M on 6/15

Dan Frischman is an actor, comedian, writer, director and magician. Born in Whippany, New Jersey, he is best known for his roles as TV’s first nerd ,Arvid Engen, on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class, and Chris Potter on the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel.  Dan is also a member of The Magic Castle and belongs to the Academy of Magic Arts in Hollywood.  As a precursor to his television career, he worked as…

Alex Boylan, Producer & TV Host and Winner of CBS “Amazing Race,” Joins M&M on 6/8

Alex Boylan is known around the world for his award-winning TV producing and TV hosting ability.  After winning The Amazing Race at 23 years old, he’s been blessed to have an amazing career both in front and behind the camera.​ Above all else, Alex is an adventurer, traveler, and storyteller.  He’s filmed in every state in America and over 60 countries around the world.  Alex’s passion for producing won him an Emmy nomination for his work on The Steve Harvey…

The Beat Goes On…

I spent one terrific Memorial Day, poolside, surrounded by my family, eating bbq and watching my two granddaughters play as if they didn’t have a care in the world because they didn’t.  So young. So innocent. So precious.  In Uvalde, Texas, however, 21 families and an entire community suffered the realities of life as we have come to know it.  Nineteen precious children and two brave teachers’ lives were snuffed out in yet another senseless…

Emmy Award-Winner Khrystyne Haje Joins M&M on 6/29

An Emmy Award winning actress, Khrystyne Haje started as a fashion model at age 14, appearing on magazine covers and billboards world-wide. Soon after she progressed to commercials, and starring roles in Network TV movies & series. Named one of People Magazine’s “The 50 Most Beautiful People in The World,” Khrystyne is best known for the role of Simone, on ABC’s 5-year top 20 hit Head of the Class.  Recently, Khrystyne was selected as one of…

Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

As the son of a World War II veteran who is extremely proud to showcase Dad’s Purple Heart on my fireplace mantle, I remind everyone that Memorial Day is a very special day for Americans. It’s a day we honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military in our nation’s wars. As my Dad would always remind me, Veterans Day is for ALL who served, but Memorial Day is to honor those who…

D.W. Moffett, Actor & Director, Visits Mick & Mook on June 1st

Donald Warren (D.W.) Moffett has had a long and illustrious career in show business with over 100 movies and TV credits, including starring roles in Friday Night Lights, For Your Love, Switched at Birth, Chicago Med & How To Commit Murder. Born in Highland Park, Illinois and a graduate of Stanford University, D.W. originally had no inclination to become an actor, as he actually set out on a career as a diplomat. A chance meeting with…