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Mike Trivisonno pregame at a Cleveland Indians game
|Born||) September 20, 1949
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Mike Trivisonno (born September 20, 1949) is a radio broadcaster, best known for hosting his own self-titled afternoon talk show on Cleveland radio station WTAM-AM/1100. He is widely referred to simply as "Triv" by callers and the Cleveland media.
Trivisonno first gained notoriety in the early 1970s as a frequent caller on the "Sportsline" radio show on WTAM AM 1100, (during this period the station was operating under the WWWE call letters). The show was hosted by the acerbic Pete Franklin and dealt with Cleveland sports. Franklin, who would typically cut off most callers, began giving "Mike from Mayfield" some latitude due to knowledgeable commentary, particularly regarding the Cleveland Browns. Franklin began mockingly referring to Trivisonno as "Mr. Know It All," a moniker he would carry into his own radio career.
Trivisonno eventually began his own broadcasting career in 1988, working for a time at WNCX, commenting on sports (particularly boxing) and becoming one of the full time morning show personalities during 1989 and 1990 as a part of 'Those Guys in the Morning" with Rick Rydell and Todd Brandt. He continued on WNCX with their successive morning show hosted by Jerry Shirley until the station picked up Howard Stern in August 1992.
He began hosting "Sportsline" on WWWE in 1994. At first, the show aired from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. The show did well in the ratings—even though it was usually up against Cleveland Indians games on WKNR. It did so well, the decision was made to put Trivisonno in afternoon drive-time (4 p.m. - 8 p.m. in 1996, still as "Sportsline"; 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. since 1998, under his own name) ultimately leaving "Sportsline" to other hosts. Since then, The Mike Trivisonno Show (also called The Triv Show or simply Mike Trivisonno) is usually either first or second in ratings for his time slot in the region. Memorably, he used Stevie Wonder's "He's Misstra Know It All" as his theme music.
His show had been originally dedicated mostly to sports, but over time it has become a forum for discussing sports, politics, local issues, current events, or whatever else happens to be on Trivisonno's mind at the time. He discusses topics (and frequently argues) with listeners who call in to the show and/or with producer/sidekicks Seth Williams and Jennifer Rose (who also does traffic), news director Darren Toms, and news anchor Glenn Forbes. Sports reporters Andre Knott (Cleveland Browns & Cleveland Cavaliers) and Nick Camino (Cleveland Indians) are also featured on the show, talking sports with Triv.
Trivisonno was born in East Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Mayfield High School in Cleveland's eastern suburbs. He was married to his high school sweetheart Linda (née Conforto), who died of lung and brain cancer on July 30, 2009, at age 61. The couple have three grown children, two sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. The family dog was a mutt named Gino.
On April 1, 2011, Trivisonno married his girlfriend, Tami in Las Vegas.
His brother Gary, a golf pro, was also a radio personality on WTAM, hosting a weekly golf show.
- Staff Reporter Linda Trivisonno wife of radio talk show host, Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 31, 2009
- Stahl, Jason (2003-08-11). "Ohio Golf: Duo takes golf talk to radio big-time". Golfohio.com. Retrieved 2013-03-23.