Co-Host, The Big MAX Morning Show

Weekday Mornings, 6AM-10AM

Meet the MAX Morning Show’s Eric Michaels

If a stuffed teddy bear decided to vacation at a nuclear plant, you’d get Eric, ruler of MAX in the mornings. Oft described as “hey you” or “you know, the one with the voice”, Eric spends his time doubling as a Michael Moore stand-in.

His radio career began modestly, after deciding to give up his dream of being the only male contortionist at the Ringling Brothers School for Flexible Females. Eric felt why not put his vast array of vocal abilities to good use and become a DJ. Some of his early radio jobs included; supplying “closed captioning” and speaker line cleaning. Eric took his first job on the air because his parents wanted him to ‘get a haircut and get a real job’. So, having won the ‘most realistic Harry Carey impersonation’ contest in Chicago in 1976, a radio station boss said ‘sure, we’ll give you a job’. Of course, job was a codeword for ‘janitor’. Unexpectedly, Eric was yanked from his daily existence of categorizing nail clippings and thrust into on-air fame when the entire staff of his first Illinois radio station perished in a freak square dancing gang war and he was forced to fill the airtime.

If not touring with the Chippendales All-Male Revue, Eric, a product of Midwestern charm and Illinois splendor, lives most of his life in seclusion as a retired boy-wonder. Eric’s hobbies include pointing and laughing, standing, and inanimate objects. Sometimes, he takes a moment to enjoy a well-crafted, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. He holds the rare ability of being able to not only spell the word antidisestablishmentarianism, but also knows the meaning.      

This year, Eric’s goals include finding out exactly how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, to know the way to San Jose, to know why you can’t touch this and exactly why asparagus makes pee smell. He really dreams of becoming a hot dog farmer in the wilds of Iowa. Contrary to popular belief, he is 100% prosthetic.