Mike Thompson

Chief Content Director - News & Public Affairs

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.

Mike has worked in public and commercial radio and television in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio earning numerous awards for investigative, enterprising, and feature reporting.

Mike earned an MBA from Ohio State and uses that knowledge to program 89.7 NPR News and manage Ohio’s best radio news staff. At home it’s Mike’s wife Mary who puts up with him.

They have teenage twins- William and Madeleine. Because Will and Maddie now want very little to do with their father, Mike has found the time to resume his running career and competes in the Columbus Marathon and other races. (By the way it’s WUH-Ster or WUH-Stah in the vernacular.)

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It looks like a temporary director will  lead the Ohio State University Marching Band for a  second straight season.  

OSU has announced  that Christopher Hoch will serve as interim director for the upcoming season. 

Hoch will take over for Russell Mikkelson who led the band last season following the firing of Jon Waters in a sexual harassment scandal.

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Public health officials say potato salad made with home-canned potatoes likely sickened 21 people who attended a church potluck in Lancaster earlier this month. 


The Columbus Blue Jackets, out of the playoff chase, were busy at the NHL trade deadline.

The Jackets Monday afternoon traded defenseman James Wisniewski and a 2015 third round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Rene Bourque, a prospect and a 2nd round draft pick in 2015.

Ohio State University has fired women’s basketball coach Jim Foster. Foster’s dismissal came after the team had a losing record in the Big Ten Conference and failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Foster coached OSU women for 11 seasons, and was the winningest coach in the program’s history in terms of winning percentage and total wins. His record was 279 wins and 82 losses. OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith called Foster a wonderful representative of the university who provided exceptional mentoring to young people on and off the court.

The nation watched in horror Friday as the scope of a tragedy in Newtown, Conn., became clear. As a visibly upset President Obama said at midafternoon, "our hearts are broken." At Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School, authorities say, a gunman identified by federal law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally wounded 20 children — some as young as 5, according to the president — and six adults. One other person was injured. Lanza was found dead at the scene.

Ohio State University has signed a deal with an Ohio wind farm that could mean the one quarter of the Columbus’s campus energy will come from wind power. Under the deal, OSU will buy as much as much as 50 megawatts of wind energy capacity from Iberdrola Renewables which operates the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert and Paulding Counties. OSU says it would be one of the largest single largest purchases of renewable energy by any university in the country.

Legendary golfer and Upper Arlington native Jack Nicklaus will join Mitt Romney when the Republican presidential nominee holds a rally Wednesday in Westerville .  The rally will be held at the Alum Creek Amphitheater on West Main Street. Supporters will have to get up early.  The rally begins at 8am with the gates opening at 6am.   The rally is part of Mitt Romney's multi-state Ohio bus tour. President Obama also will be in Ohio this week as he visits the college towns of Bowling Green and Kent on Wednesday.  

President Barack Obama focused on higher education accessibility and affordability in this latest trip to Central Ohio. It was the president’s latest attempt to separate himself from Republican Mitt Romney. After stopping for a quick sandwich at the Ohio Union at Ohio State…  The president greeted supporters and returning students at Capital University in Bexley The president again criticized Mitt Romney for his support of Medicare cuts, and tax breaks for the wealthy..but on this Central Ohio college tour, Mr.

After several months of steady but slight declines, Ohio’s unemployment rate remained  unchanged  in July.    The state’s jobless rate stands at  7.2 percent – the same as it was in June. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio   gained about  11,000 jobs last month.  The biggest gains were in educational and health services while the biggest job loss occurred in government. The number of unemployed workers in Ohio was 418,000, about 2,000 less than June.

All Ohio counties will have the same hours for early voting. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Wednesday afternoon decided to order uniform hours for all counties during the early voting period. Controversy erupted last week when it became know that some counties that tend to vote Republican would allow evening and Saturday  in-person early voting, while boards of elections in Democratic leaning counties would limit early voting to business hours on weekdays.

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and former president of the American Bar Association Bill Robinson say courts in Ohio and across the nation face a funding crisis.

The Central Ohio real estate market continues to show signs of recovery.  The Columbus Board of Realtors says home sales climbed 18 percent in June compared to June of last year.   For the year, Central Ohio home sales are about 10 percent ahead of last year. Other Key June, 2012  Stats: Median sales price: $155,250 Avg. Price Per Sq. Foot:  $92.83 Avg. Days on Market:  87

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says supporters of a constitutional amendment to change the way Ohio draws its legislative districts have fallen short of the number of valid signatures needed to get the issue on November's ballot.   Husted says the group Voters First Ohio has fallen about 131,000 signatures short. The secretary of state also says the group failed to get the required number of signatures from 44 counties.  Husted says the group met the legal requirement for only 34 counties. The group has ten additional days to collect the signatures to make up the difference.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are removing the "interim" tag from head coach Todd Richards. The team announced today Richards has agreed to a two year contract through the 2013-2014 season.   Richards took over as interim coach after the firing for Scott Arniel in January.  Richards guided the Blue Jackets to 18-21-2 record, including a 16-14-1 mark over the final 31 games with wins in seven of its last 11 outings.

Democratic Strategist Hillary Rosen has been criticized for saying Ann Romney, who was a 'stay-at-home mom", never worked a day in her life. Do you think 'stay-at-home' moms work as hard as those who work outside the home?