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Where is Mike Silva?

Mike Silva is currently hosts the “Weekend Watchdog” on Long Island’s ESPN Affiliate Champions Radio (107.1/96.9 FM Suffolk County) from 10AM to 1pm every Saturday.


The Story of Mike Silva

Mike started his media career in 2007 and, unlike other industry professionals, didn’t go to college for media. His experience comes from over a decade in corporate America. He combined his passion for sports, real-world experience and new media acumen to create his own brand.

Mike decided to create New York Baseball Talk in March of 2007. 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.It covered current topics, historical retrospectives and New York baseball at all levels.  Mike was not only the host, but he produced and marketed the show, as well.

Mike took the show to the 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 through 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 former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker revealed on his radio program that he failed a steroid test while playing in the late-nineties. There were mentions in various newspapers and media outlets, including the New York Daily News.

NYBD had a great run, but the opportunity to expand his reach across multiple sports and media platforms was an opportunity too good to pass up. Mike elected to end his run at NYBD and launched the  Sports Media Watchdog

Sports Media Watchdog delved into the world of media. At SMW he commented on various topics related to sports media in New York and 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. Each week Mike co-hosted with legendary New York blogger and podcaster Steve Keane. Each week they take on the top topics in sports and media with a New York slant.

SMW ended its run in August of 2013 when Mike took a position with Champions Radio, which is the ESPN affiliate on Long Island (96.9FM & 107.1FM Suffolk County).

Interviews and Guests

Mike has interviewed many sports luminaries including Tim Raines, Ron Darling, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Bouton, John Olerud, former Jets QB Ken O’Brien, Scott Brosius, Moose Skowron, Billy Ripken, Johnny Blanchard, Roy White, Brooks Robinson, Frank Viola, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, Daniel Murphy, John Buck, Jonathon Niese, R.A. Dickey, Yankees Batting Coach Kevin Long, John Rocker, Dale Murphy, Jimmy Qualls, Ralph Branca 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, Bob Klapisch, Selena Roberts,  Mitch Lawrence 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, Phillies television broadcaster Tom McCarthy, and former Padres broadcaster and Hall of Famer Jerry Coleman.


If you have a question or like to contact Mike for an appearance or business opportunity please contact him here.

You can also contact him on Facebook, Twitter (@MikeSilvaMedia) and subscribe to his personal website here.

Mike Silva in the Media

Playing WBC in November Just Not the Solution

If Calling Out Francesca Is Wrong, Mike Silva Doesn’t Wanna Be (W)right

Mets vs. Yankees – in the Retro World Series

Mike Silva Pinch Hitting on the Journal News’ LoHud Yankees Blog  

VERSUS rountable for the debut of “Sports Soup”

NYBD Cited by SI’s Jon Heyman on July 31st, 2009

NYBD Mentioned by Bart Hubbuch of NY Post on July 31st, 2009

ESPN New York Mention of Mike Silva regarding Mets Bobbleheads

New York Magazine mentions Mike Silva in “Should Mets Retire Gary Carter’s Number?”

NY Daily News Cites John Rocker Steroid Revelation on Mike Silva’s NY Baseball Digest

Mike Silva’s Position on Proposed SOPA and PIPA Legislation Quoted in USA Today

ESPN LA Cites Mike Silva and his Interview with Steven Travers, author of the book “The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times.” 

Len Berman mentions Mike Silva on ThatsSports.com

Sports Illustrated mention of my Carlos Quentin rumor on Twitter. 

Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News mentions Mike Silva Media

Mike Silva answers 7 Questions With Dan Lorenzo of Steppin’ Out Magazine

Check Out Mike Silva’s contributions to Big Leagues Magazine

Ben Berkon of Yahoo! sports mentions Mike Silva in a piece about Mets fans as a dying breed

Mike Silva talks to Indiana’s ESPN 107.5 The FAN about the Knicks’ interest in Metta World Peace, Chris Copeland’s tenure in New York and the Yankees.

Mike Silva on Indiana’s ESPN 107.5 The FAN  talking about A-Rod’s Return

SNY’S Islander’s Point Blank Mentions former Isles owner John Spano with Mike Silva on the Weekend Watchdog

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