In 1989, having worked as a musician and comedian, Mike began writing, directing and acting in children's theater at Chicago's world-famous Second City Theater and performing in local improvisation shows.
In 1991 he decided to take the skills he'd honed to radio; the medium he fell in love with as a Child of the Seventies, when Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Robert Murphy, Roy Leonard, The National Lampoon Radio Hour, Doctor Demento and the heady brew of rock jocks spinnin' tunes on WXRT, WMET & The LOOP captured his imagination.
For over a quarter-century, Mike Tomano's uninhibited radio show has found a home on numerous stations in the Chicagoland area. His unique style of free-form comedy, character voices, song parodies, celebrity interviews, rock music and lifestyle talk combined with provocative commentary made him a high-profile radio personality, winning legions of fans and numerous awards, including:
2012 Certificate of Recognition - The American Legion Department of Illinois
2009 Best Locally Produced Show - Illinois Broadcasters Association
2009 Best Local Broadcast Team - Illinois Broadcasters Association
2007 Best Local Morning Show - Illinois Broadcasters Association
2005 Best Local Broadcast Team - Illinois Broadcasters Association
Here’s what people are saying about The Mike Tomano Show:
"Mike, stay authentic!" - Richard Lewis, Legendary Comic
"I want the world to know Mike is the pros pro! A comedic timing savant when writing or acting... He brings it to the table or adds to a collaborative. Love working with this dude!" - Brian Polacek, Director, President, Rage Agency
"Mike Tomano brings visibility to the truth more than your average 100 radio dudes. Mike is a Hammer God and Blood Brother. Salute him." - Ted Nugent
“Yeah, Baby! Mike Tomano is one of America’s best radio dudes ever!” – Ed Tyll, Talk Radio Legend
“Your show is pretty damn funny!” – Phil Proctor, Firesign Theatre
"… a daily smorgasbord of talk, music and clever bits. The top morning jock in the suburbs!" - The Illinois Entertainer
"Mike Tomano is the greatest storyteller I have ever heard." - Jesse Arseneau, Arseneau Media Productions, Inc.
"Mike has a nice, conversational style." - John Gehron, COO, AccuRadio
"Tomano’s morning show is especially good...reminiscent of Steve Dahl and Garry Meier during their heyday." - Jay Mitchell, Jay Mitchell & Associates
"Mike Tomano brings something to radio that many other morning jocks don't - honest-to-goodness humor." - Annie Allman, The Herald News
“A terrific radio talent." - Don Hazen, Joliet Herald
Mike is currently heard weekday mornings from 5 - 10 a.m. on The Valley 92.7 FM, WVLI in Kankakee, IL.