Mike Trivisonno

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Mike Trivisonno
Mike Trivisonno pregame at Progressive Field.jpg
Mike Trivisonno (seated in the center) pregame at a Cleveland Indians game
Born(1949-09-20) September 20, 1949 (age 64)
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationRadio Broadcaster
 
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Mike Trivisonno
Mike Trivisonno pregame at Progressive Field.jpg
Mike Trivisonno (seated in the center) pregame at a Cleveland Indians game
Born(1949-09-20) September 20, 1949 (age 64)
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationRadio Broadcaster

Mike Trivisonno (born September 20, 1949) is a radio broadcaster, best known for hosting his own self-titled afternoon talk show on Cleveland radio station WTAM AM 1100.[1] He is widely referred to simply as "Triv" by callers and the Cleveland media.

Radio career[edit]

Trivisonno first gained notoriety in the early 1970s as a frequent caller on the "Sportsline" radio show on WTAM AM 1100, (during this period the station was operating under the WWWE call letters). The show was hosted by the acerbic Pete Franklin and dealt with Cleveland sports. Franklin, who would typically cut off most callers, began giving "Mike from Mayfield" some latitude due to knowledgeable commentary, particularly regarding the Cleveland Browns. Franklin began mockingly referring to Trivisonno as "Mr. Know It All," a moniker he would carry into his own radio career.

Trivisonno eventually began his own broadcasting career in 1987, working for a time at WNCX, commenting on sports (particularly boxing) and becoming a full-time personality from 1989-1992.[2]

He began hosting "Sportsline" on WWWE in 1994. At first, the show aired from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. The show did well in the ratings—even though it was usually up against Cleveland Indians games on WKNR. It did so well, the decision was made to put Trivisonno in afternoon drive-time (under the "Sportsline" banner until 1998; under his own name since) ultimately leaving "Sportsline" to other hosts. Since then, The Mike Trivisonno Show is usually either first or second in ratings for his time slot in the market.

His show had been originally dedicated mostly to sports, but over time it has become a forum for discussing sports, politics, local issues, current events, or whatever else is on Trivisonno's mind at the time.[3] He discusses topics (and frequently argues) with listeners who call in to the show and/or with producer/sidekicks Glenn Forbes and Seth Williams, sportscaster Andre Knott and traffic reporter Nicole Marcellino.[4]

Trivsonno's popularity and high ratings have led him to be ranked numerous times among Talkers Magazine's "Heavy Hundred", including most recently in 2013, when he came in at #72.[5]

Trivisonno's radio popularity also led to a stint as a contributor on Cleveland's CBS affiliate WOIO channel 19, doing daily "Triv TV" commentaries during their 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Trivisonno was born in East Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Mayfield High School in Cleveland's eastern suburbs. He was married to his high school sweetheart Linda (née Conforto), who died of lung and brain cancer on July 30, 2009, at age 61. The couple have three grown children, two sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren.[7] The family dog was a mutt named Gino.

On April 1, 2011, Trivisonno married his girlfriend, Tami in Las Vegas.

His brother Gary, a golf pro, was also a radio personality on WTAM, hosting a weekly golf show.[8]

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