Mike Smyth is a familiar voice to CKNW listeners.
Currently the host of The Mike Show – heard 9 from a.m. to noon weekdays – Mike has been a fixture on the ‘NW airwaves for more than 20 years.
Mike first started appearing regularly on CKNW as a political analyst on The Rafe Mair Show. Mike was Rafe’s first guest of the week on Monday mornings for a decade.
Mike was also a regular CKNW morning guest, analyzing provincial politics and occasionally verbally jousting with legendary hosts Frosty Forst, Philip Till and Jon McComb.
Mike has been hosting shows on CKNW for more than 15 years. He hosted weekends and overnights before landing his own show, Nightline BC, the top talk at night from 2004 to 2007.
Mike also hosted The Mike Smyth Show in 2010 and 2011, stepping in after regular host Christy Clark returned to politics. Mike was then CKNW’s regular fill-in host before landing his new daytime show.
Mike came to radio while pursuing a long career in newspapers. He worked at small daily papers in Ontario and was a reporter at The Canadian Press, Canada’s national news agency, for eight years. Mike was CP’s legislature correspondent in Victoria until 1996, the year he was hired as The Vancouver Province’s political columnist. Mike’s column ran in The Province for 24 years.
Mike is married to Mary Griffin, a reporter at CHEK TV in Victoria. They have two teenaged sons, Declan and Seamus, and a dog named Scout.