Kim Mitchell, the owner of Maine Internet Radio and host of Mainely Alternative, is a native of Old Town, Maine. He is a graduate of Old Town High School. Kim received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine, Orono, in speech communications with a minor in Journalism.
While in college, Kim started his formal career in the studios of campus station WMEB-FM with an early Saturday morning show. In his senior year in college, he got a job as a weekend radio board operator for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. It worked into a full-time job in both radio and television.
Meanwhile, Kim also did some part-time work for WTOS-FM in Skowhegan, WLKN, Lincoln ME, and WMGX in Portland. He moved to Beaumont, Texas, in 1985 for a news director job at KVLU, the public radio station there. Kim moved back to Maine a couple of years later and worked for WLBZ-TV, Newscenter 2, then the University of Maine Public Affairs office as a radio-tv producer. At the same time, he became one of the first board members of the newly formed community radio station WERU-FM, Blue Hill.
Kim also worked as a programmer, notably hosting and producing the long-running Departure show Friday nights from 5-8 pm. He also became the advisor for his alma mater WMEB-FM in 1997 until he left the university in 2008. Kim opened up an independent video production company Digital Workshop and still runs that today. In 2017, Kim bought Maine Internet Radio from its founder Jeff Solari, who hosts Sports Comedy Rock, today!
Kim has been a Bangor resident for 40 years. He is married to Joni (not the singer!) They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Radio has always had a magical spell on me. My earliest memories are of a living room console radio which my Mother kept on WABI-AM in Bangor all the time. Out of the speaker came folks like Peter, Paul and Mary, Wayne Newton, and George Hale announcing those anticipated no school announcements.
As I got a bit older and got my first transistor radio, I’d listen to WGUY-AM in Bangor and the hits with Mighty John Marshall. At night, I got taken away to WBZ and WMEX in Boston. The best nighttime listening of WKBW in Buffalo. Well, that was it. Somehow I had to get into the business of radio.
In the early 80’s I moved to Florida and was a DJ at a disco and a rock ‘n’ roll bar. In 1988, I was in the first group of volunteers at WERU-FM in Blue Hill. I had a rock ‘n’ roll show and I hosted a contemporary Christian music show, one of the first in the area. In 1990 I went to the commercial side as a DJ on co-owned WWMJ/WDEA in Ellsworth. I then went into the traffic department of the two stations.
But in 1992, I went back to WERU-FM, where I became the Business Manager for several years. During that time, I hosted one of the morning shows along with my mother! Steve and Ma were quite popular. Then, life got in the way. I worked at two of my businesses with my wife.
Move forward to 2019, and Kim Mitchell offered me the position of hosting Mainely 80’s! So, here I am on weekdays from noon to 6 pm playing the best of the ’80s and giving you info on the bands including new music releases and tour information. Now, I’m programming the newest channel at Maine Internet Radio called Mainely 70’s.
My wife has put up with me for 29 years. We live in a turn-of-the-century home with our two dogs and a cat. Ah, country life in Maine can’t be beaten!
Jeff Solari has been in sports media since he was 17. He is not shy with his opinions or unique perspective on the world of sports. Jeff is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and the University of Southern Maine. Solari began broadcasting sports while in high school, doing local high school games on local cable TV and WDEA radio in Ellsworth.
He continued broadcasting sports while at USM, covering Final Four basketball teams and a national champion baseball team. After graduating from college, he became a sports TV anchor at WLBZ-TV, working with Dale Duff and Lee Goldberg from 1992-1995. In the late ’90s, Solari did high school games for WMDI in Bar Harbor and provided play-by-play of Maine Women’s basketball during the Cindy Blodgett era for WZON. In 2003, he served as co-host of the Oklahoma football postgame show on WKY in Oklahoma City.
Back in Maine in 2004, he hosted “The Shootaround,” an afternoon sports talk show on WZON radio until 2010. He has also been a contributor and fill-in host on the Downtown show. From 2015-2018, he was a co-host of the Drive. Jeff has won over 15 MAB and AP broadcaster awards. He lives in Bangor with his wife Catherine and their two daughters.
Michael W. Hale
Michael W. Hale became hooked on the radio when he was eight years old and received a transistor radio as a gift from his mom. He got his start in radio at the age of 15 when he was hired to work weekends at WMKR in Millinocket, Me. He later attended the University of Maine and the Leland Powers School of Communications & Theatre in Boston.
Michael has worked for a variety of radio stations in Maine and at ESPN Radio in Florida. He also was a commercial and sports announcer for many years at WABI television in Bangor, ME. He has won various awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.
Michael’s grandfather, father, uncles, and brothers served their country in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His ancestry is traced back to American Revolutionary officer Nathan Hale, who attempted to spy on the British and was hanged in 1776. Michael W. Hale, a Millinocket native, is married and splits his time between Orlando, Florida, and Maine’s coast. When not on the radio, he enjoys hiking and riding his Harley motorcycle.
Susan Patten is employed by Wreaths Across America. She brings her patriotism and passion to the organization and our team as a media content specialist. Susan produces media content for the organization’s website, social media platforms, and WAA Radio.
She holds a B.S. in Communications and genuinely enjoys her interviews and interactions with our nation’s service members, their families, and the proudly committed volunteers who support them. Susan has an extensive background in broadcast journalism and media relations, nonprofit development, and public speaking. She is married and lives in Orrington, Maine.
Bill grew up making cassettes of his show called “Bill’s Cool Radio Show” for his friends. Bill, later on, went to the New England School of Broadcasting and brought his just-for-fun show to WHSN. He then took a job at WNSW AM 1200 and WKIT.
In 1995, Bill joined the Acadia Broadcast group staff (WLKE, WKSQ, & WBFB). A big company purchased the group and added six more stations to the mix (WGUY, WWBX, WABI, WVOM, WFZX, and WNSX). The sale made it possible for Bill to pull a couple of shifts on WMCM as well.
When WNSX was sold, Bill went along with the sale, logging 20 years at the same station. He has been the music director of six stations. Bill has also been a live event DJ since he was 15, the announcer for weekend racing at Speedway 95 for 11 years (2001-2012), and a multi-time winner of awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasting.