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Mike Max

Mike Max returned to WCCO-TV as a sports reporter and anchor in April 2005. Mike is no stranger to Minnesota sports. He hosts “Sports To The Max” every weeknight from 7-9 p.m. on WCCO Radio. Prior to hosting the radio show, Mike hosted Sports Connection on the Midwest Sports Channel.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 1998 (radio); 2005 (TV)
Hometown: Gaylord, Minnesota
Alma Mater: Hamline University

FAVORITES
Music: The Monkees
Movie: Wedding Crashers
TV Show: The Bob Newhart Show (Chicago version)
Book: Harvey Mackay, Swim with the Sharks
Food: Spaghetti; chicken
Local Restaurant: J.D. Hoyt’s
Hidden MN Gem: Bakken Museum
Sport/Exercise: Octane Stairmaster for a workout; favorite sports to play are football, basketball, baseball
Historical Figure: General MacArthur
Famous Minnesotan: Bud Grant
Quote: ” It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the doer of deeds could have done better, the credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Word: Awesome
Vacation Spot: Colorado
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text Message
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Never seen either
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Canadian goose, flying into my decoys

Mike Max returned to WCCO-TV as a sports reporter and anchor in April 2005, having joined WCCO Radio in 1998.

Mike is no stranger to Minnesota sports. He hosts “Sports To The Max” every weeknight from 7-9 p.m. on WCCO Radio. Prior to hosting the radio show, Mike hosted Sports Connection on the Midwest Sports Channel.

Mike started his career as an intern at WCCO-TV. He was hired as a sports producer and soon began reporting for WCCO-TV.

A true Minnesotan, Mike grew up in Gaylord, Minn. and played football, basketball and baseball.

Mike attended Hamline University and furthered his talents on the court and on the diamond, playing basketball and baseball for the Pipers.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys working out, hunting and spending time with his wife, daughter and son.

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Former NHL Player Finds A Comfortable Home As Orono Head Coach

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12/11/2015

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Matt Birk Reflects On His Vikings Career

Matt Birk lived the hometown dream. He grew up in St Paul to become a Minnesota Viking and Pro Bowl center. “I think as time goes on its just more unbelievable,” Birk said. “I can’t really believe that it happened, you know, the way that it worked out.”

12/10/2015

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Vikes Confident They Can Bounce Back After Seahawks Beatdown

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12/08/2015

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12/07/2015

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Back On The Court, Hopkins’ Coffey Prepping For College Career In Minnesota

After blowing out his knee and ending his junior season, Amir Coffey back on the court at Hopkins, and he’s getting ready to put on a Gophers jersey next year.

12/04/2015

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Vikings Defense Studying Up For Seahawks Matchup

The Vikings take on Seattle Sunday with an emphasis on defense, and Adrian Peterson picks up another award: Offensive Player of the Month.

12/03/2015

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Vikings, In 1st Place, Gear Up To Host Seahawks In Big Game

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12/02/2015

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Fmr. NBA Player Reaches Out To Teens About Addiction

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11/27/2015

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For Gophers, Winning Axe From Wisconsin Would Mean Bowl Eligibility

What will it take to beat Wisconsin? The Gophers have been trying to figure that out for the last decade, or more. The Badgers come to TCF Bank Stadium Saturday carrying the axe. The Gophers want it, and another trip to a bowl.

11/24/2015

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Jerry Kill Talks On His Time With The Gophers: ‘I’m Blessed’

Jerry Kill is no longer the football coach at the University of Minnesota. His retirement less than a month ago because of health reasons with epilepsy and seizures have been reported. Monday night, Kill and his wife, Rebecca, take us through that final week.

11/23/2015

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Vikings Focused On Defending Aaron Rodgers In Rivalry Game

Just another Vikings-Packers game? Hardly. Not since Brett Favre torched the Packers wearing puple in 2009 have the Vikings been ahead of Green Bay in the NFC North standings this late in the season. Of course defending Green Bay starts with Aaron Rodgers, the unflappable quarterback who has struggled the past few weeks.

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11/13/2015

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Gophers Prepare For Iowa As Claeys Is Set To Be Named Head Coach

It would be a monumental upset for the Gopher football team to go to Iowa City and beat the unbeaten Hawkeyes this Saturday. But as MIke Max reports, there is a rallying cry in the Gopher locker room: “Remember last year.”

11/10/2015

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Mike Max Tries His Hand At Duck Hunting In North Dakota

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11/08/2015

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Timberwolves Honor Flip Saunders With 2-0 Start

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11/02/2015

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10/29/2015

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10/23/2015

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Vikings Looking To Take Home Mindset To Detroit For Victory

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10/22/2015

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Richard Pitino Defends Father In Louisville Scandal

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball season is here. That’s right, they’ve been at work for some time but Wednesday was media day at Williams Arena. The day brought the media out to ask the head coach questions about his father’s program.

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