They say he’s a Party Host Phenomenon, the World’s Greatest Party Promoter…
He’s Mike Dean, Pittsburgh’s very own evening on-air radio personality for WAMO 100.
But there’s more to Dean than the parties, the fame, and the spotlight.
Dean discovered his love for the music industry and his natural talent for talking at a young age. Many are surprised to learn that he is an only child.
“I love what I do, but I still feel as though I want to do more,” Dean told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “I love to have fun and crack jokes, but I seriously appreciate where I am and all of the blessings. I stay humble because I realize at any given moment, all of this could be gone.”
In his early years, Dean attended Perry Traditional Academy, and later pursued his secondary education at Edinboro University. He began cultivating his talent on campus as a radio personality on WFSE-FM 88.9 (the campus radio station). This led him to embark on an opportunity to intern with his hometown radio station, WAMO-FM 106.7, where he was offered an internship during his final semester of college.
After attaining his college degree in 2002, he was officially hired to the WAMO staff as board operator.
The Dean’s work ethic and passion for music quickly landed him a promotion to an on-air talent —this was the official start of his professional career within the media realm.
“One of my favorite and most memorable career moments and celebrity interviews was when I interviewed Timbaland,” Dean said. “Timbaland randomly showed up looking to do an interview with WAMO 100 to promote one of his new artists. This interview stood out because I was unprepared because we didn’t know he was coming. Timbaland was a really laid-back guy, and the interview went well.”
WAMO-FM 106.7, owned by Sheridan Broadcasting at the time, went off the air in 2009, causing the staff to seek other job opportunities. Dean began working full-time at PNC Bank. “People look at my lifestyle, and believe that I’m rich and living this celebrity lifestyle, but the fact is that I am out here trying to make it like everyone else,” he said. “I was employed through PNC while WAMO was gone, while also trying to figure out my next move, and what I wanted to do with my life moving forward.”
One might imagine how busy Dean is, but on top of everything else, he’s undergoing the process of #TheTransformationOfMikeDean, where he gives his friends, family, and listeners an inside look at his 5 a.m. workout routines and strict diet.
“It’s a funny story because I never disliked being chubby. I was always the cool chubwby guy, and girls still liked me,” Dean recalled. “I decided to start taking exercising seriously after I was fired from PNC Bank. I would sometimes workout here and there but it was difficult to live a healthy lifestyle working at PNC by day and WAMO by night. When PNC let me go, I decided that there were no more excuses. I started working out in June 2016, and decided to take on the challenge of losing 20 pounds in 42 days. I’ve been committed to working out ever since, I continued once the challenge was over. I’ve lost 35-40 pounds.”
Dean said that “people often associate me with being the party guy, and I am, but it comes with the profession. Some weekends I’d rather kick it in the house and fall asleep on the couch. And I do see myself being a family man in the future.”
Dean is single and mingling, but admitted he is interested in walking down the aisle and having children of his own one day.
Through the ups, the downs, and life’s curveballs, The Dean said he feels so thankful and blessed for where he is today.
uotes are, ‘Don’t be average!’ This keeps me driven to be the best guy I can be every day. Every day and every year I want to continue to get better and better.”
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