The passing of radio personality Mike Responts brings back some instant memories. I worked with Mike, against Mike and even said never again with Mike. Mike Prater, who had a love/hate relationship with Mike as well, broke the news to me via text early this morning. His sister in law Alma gave me the details. Apparently, Mike had returned to Las Vegas, had a kidney issue and was hospitalized. An aneurysm in his small intestine caused internal bleeding. He had a few procedures to stop the bleeding but it never did and he slipped into a coma, on a ventilator, had a weak heart, and got low blood pressure. He had been in the hospital for about a month, was making improvements, but took a turn for the worse last Wednesday and passed away yesterday.
Mike may have had a bad heart in his chest but not for the most part as a person.
I was Managing General Partner of KTIK and Mike worked for me about 6 months after the station started in 1995 or so. He helped operate the radio station and hosted a mid day talk show, The Sports Buffet. We called him the Sports Pig. Mike wasn't about doing interviews, in fact, he hated local sports for the most part and loved to argue national topics with himself, his co hosts Tom Lewis/Todd Miles or callers. He made front page news when Boise State Athletics took away his media credential for criticizing their program. The AFL-CIO got involved and he was ultimately reinstated but we took a beating. I had to put him on probation, suspend him and give him a last chance. We finally had to let him go when he accused former Boise State Coach Rod Jensen of being a racist for assuming his players weren't smart. I didn't hold it against him cause he was likable in his own sort of way and hilarious. I contacted my friends in the business and helped him land a job as a National Sports Talk host on Sports Fan radio network based in Las Vegas. He took it from there doing talk shows, live remotes from strip bars and casinos and making a nice career for himself. I stayed in touch but never too close.
IDAHO SPORTS TALK between 4pm MST-5pm MST. I was better off for having known Mike and will miss him...