Hall of Fame Television
Mike Randall has been with WKBW-TV since August 1983. Hired originally as a feature reporter to replace another BBA Hall of Famer, Don Polec. Mike is an AP and UPI award-winning feature reporter. Prior to WKBW-TV, he worked as a Co-Host of “PM Magazine” at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut and at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia.
Mike received his Certificate In Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He is the only local meteorologist to have earned both AMS and NWS seal of approval. A career highlight for him was filling in on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
From 1989-1999 Mike added Morning Show co-host duties. With Ann Edwards he was a part of the area’s first morning show Good Morning Western New York. That show was a strong #1 and quickly went from a half hour to two hours long.
In 1991-1992 Mike and Bob Stilson revived the popular WKBW-TV kid’s show, Rocketship 7, serving up fun, cartoons and puppets with Promo the Robot and Commander Tom Jolls.
In 1999 Mike took over as Chief meteorologist from Tom Jolls. He went on to obtain the NWA & AMS Seals of Approval. In 2009 he returned to the morning show and today is still producing feature stories and forecasting the weather.
A native of Western New York, Mike is also a professional actor and award-winning playwrite. He has performed a variety of roles in theatres locally and around the country. He has been on stage with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, T.O.Y Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre and The New Phoenix Theatre. Mike continues to perform his solo shows of Mark Twain Live! and Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol. He also has MC’d annual fund raisers for The Irish Classical Theatre and Shakespeare in Delaware Park.
Mike and his wife, Kathy, have three sons and live in North Boston.