Ken Michaels’ radio career began at the New York Institute of Technology. From 1981-1983, he hosted programs at campus station WNYT. In March 1982, “The All-Request Beatles Show” was launched as a one-hour show beginning at midnight on Sundays. Ken mixed the classic group recordings of the Beatles with their respective solo music, and invented many unique games and forms of trivia.
Ken’s “All-Request Beatles Show” was later picked up by New Jersey rock station WDHA-FM, and ran on Sunday mornings for ten consecutive years (1983-1993). Every episode included creative thematic sets that ranged from the serious to the silly (songs with Paul on drums, songs with specific words in the title, Beatles’ shortest songs, etc.) News was also included in every show, as were original interviews with people from the Beatles’ world, such as Ringo Starr, Carl Perkins, Yoko Ono, author Mark Lewisohn, May Pang, Billy J. Kramer, Wings drummer Steve Holley, and Pete Best.
After WDHA, Ken brought his show to Long Island’s oldies station WBZO-FM (B-103) during the height of the Beatles Anthology craze. He was also a contributing writer for the Beatle magazines Good Day Sunshine and Daytrippin’. With his wife JoAnn as co-author, he wrote articles and reviews, and submitted many interviews for both publications.
In September of 2003, Ken joined the exciting new world of satellite radio where his talents were enlisted by two channels on XM Radio. His Beatles show, newly re-christened “Every Little Thing,” was heard on the eclectic music channel “Fine Tuning.” Ken also hosted “Beatle News” and “Beatle Breaks,” one- to two-minute segments which were heard throughout the week on XM’s 60’s channel. He was on XM until January 2009, when the merger of Sirius and XM brought significant programming changes.
In 2011, Ken hosted a radio special to celebrate the CD remaster for Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Band on the Run,” that aired on 260 stations. This led to launching the nationally syndicated show “Every Little Thing,” now heard on 32 radio stations, including www.fab4radio.com.
Ken worked behind the scenes as a producer for the ABC Radio Networks/Radio Today, and his contributions could be heard on, among other shows, “Flashback,” “Screen Test,” and “Today in Rock History.” He was both programmer and producer for the soft-Adult Contemporary show “Special of the Week” in the mid 90’s. Ken also produced the only syndicated radio special to coincide with the release of the “John Lennon Anthology” box set in 1998. And while at ABC, he interviewed guests as diverse as Glen Campbell, Tommy James, Chicago, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Three Dog Night, Donny Osmond, the Zombies, and Peter & Gordon.
In September 2009, Ken created the new all-talk podcast “Fab Fourum.” And in 2012, he joined forces with Beatles Examiner’s Steve Marinucci to create “Things We Said Today,” later expanding the show by adding two co-hosts: Al Sussman (Executive Editor, Beatlefan) and Allan Kozinn (former NY Times writer, freelance writer Wall Street Journal) for a weekly one-hour discussion on anything Beatles — past, present, and future. Stream it on www.podbean.com, YouTube, and iTunes.
To check out Ken’s web site, please go to www.kenmichaelsradio.com.