Big Show - Updated 10-24

Michigan’s Big Show

Michael Patrick Shiels | Host

Personality-based, news making show covers state, national and international politics in a non-partisan manner. Your direct connection to the state capitol.

Presenting Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

LIVE 6:00 - 9:00 AM



Show Description
Michigan’s Big Show is your direct connection to the state capitol. Michael Patrick Shiels’ personality-based, news making show covers state, national and international politics in a non-partisan manner. Michael Patrick skillfully mixes politics, which he affectionately refers to “as the family business” with news, business, sports and lifestyle topics you’re interested in, keeping listeners informed as well as entertained. His inquisitive personality leads to asking newsmakers relevant questions – pointed, but with respect – and recognizes that listening is the most important quality of a good interviewer. “Everyone’s an expert at or on something,” explains Michael Patrick, who uses humor and surprises to draw out quality answers and important information. “Every person has a story, and my job is to get guests to the point, while allowing them to express themselves in a genuine manner, in authentic conversation.

Listen to the show on-demand via your favorite podcast platforms, including Spreaker, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Affiliate List

Station Market Time (M-F)
WJIM-AM 1240 Lansing 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WBRN 1460 AM
107.7 FM
95.1 FM
Big Rapids
Reed City
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
WTKG 1230 AM Grand Rapids 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
WKZO 590 AM Kalamazoo 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WKBZ 1090 AM Muskegon 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
WMKT 1270 AM
102.3 FM
Traverse City
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
WATT 1240 AM Cadillac 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
WSJM 94.9 FM Benton Harbor
St. Joseph
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Meet Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick Shiels has been named “Network Radio Personality of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters on multiple occasions including in 2018. Shiels began his broadcasting career as the producer for legendary Detroit radio host, J.P. McCarthy, and has also worked with Dick Purtan, who, like McCarthy, is in the Radio Hall of Fame. Shiels has authored nine books, including collaborations with Larry King, Arthur Hills, and Ben Wright.

In addition, Shiels’ travel articles have appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, Cigar Aficionado, Travel + Leisure, Bermuda Royal Gazette, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Automotive News, Traverse Magazine, Traverse City Record-Eagle, Booth Newspapers, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Heritage Newspapers, Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, and more. He has visited more than 35 countries, been on staff at the PGA Tour, and provided advance work for two Presidential campaigns so far.

Supporting Network Sponsors

  • Delta Airlines
  • DTE
  • Consumers Energy
  • Business Leaders of Michigan
  • FireKeepers Casino
  • Sparrow Hospital
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • MEDC/Travel Michigan
  • Enbridge
  • AARP of Michigan
  • AT&T
  • Traverse City Tourism
  • Meijer
  • ABC of Michigan
  • Michigan Catholic Conference
  • Dart Development
  • Americans for Prosperity
  • Michigan Freedom Fund
  • Grand Hotel
  • Michigan Beverage Association
  • Michigan Petroleum Association
  • Kandler, Reed, Khoury, Muchmore
  • Honigman Business Law Firm
  • The Windquest Group
  • Dean Transportation/Trailways
  • Great Lakes Education Project
  • Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • Pure Green Lawn & Tree Professionals