Mike Bissell

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Mike cut his musical teeth growing up in the Bay Area during the 1950's & 60's listening to the 45's of his older brothers, featuring the likes of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and a host of others. His good fortune continued, as the period of his adolescence coincided with the British Invasion, the heyday of Motown, and the emergence of Bob Dylan as a musical & social force. The whipped cream & cherry on top was witnessing the birth of FM radio in San Francisco and KSAN, which was constantly tuned to in his Berkeley apartment. More than a few weekend nights were spent at The Fillmore listening to some GREAT Bay Area bands including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company , and on, and on ,and on.... What better time to be young and listening to music?

Mike left Berkeley in the early 70's, and after a lengthy stint in the Pacific Northwest returned to Northern California and the foothills in the mid 80's. Shortly thereafter he discovered KVMR, and became a devoted listener, especially to the shows of Bobby Angel and blues aficionado Phil Givant. He was a graduate of KVMR's Broadcaster Training Class of 2007, and had the extreme good fortune to be mentored by iconic DJ Larry Hillberg. 

He is still slightly in shock, and awed at his good fortune to be a broadcaster and a part of that wondrous thing known as KVMR.