Born and raised
in San Francisco, Webb had an early interest in radio. As a
teenager, he was a street reporter
civil rights, anti-war protests and youth issues for San Francisco
radio stations KMPX, KQED and KCBS.
KMPX was the nation's first
"Progressive Rock" station formulated by the legendary Tom Donohue
and took a very unapologetic stance of Advocacy Journalism. At age
15, Mike vividly remembers clutching his Sony TC-100 tape recorder
while dodging rocks and billy clubs as police and protesters
regularly confronted each other on the City's Market Street during
the anti-Vietnam War marches.
One of Webb's most memorable and personal on-air experiences was
reporting the savage murders of Gay S.F Supervisor Harvey Milk and
Mayor Moscone by deranged ex-City Supervisor, Dan White. Working at
ABC, just blocks away from the City Hall tragedy, Mike climbed to
the station's rooftop, giving live reports of a city in great shock
and grief. Later, when the guilty verdict rendered just a 5-year
sentence for White, outraged citizens took over City Hall, bashed in
the doors, overturned police cars and started fires. Webb's audience
got a birds-eye "view" as he joined every major TV network on that
same Polk Street rooftop reporting all the activity.
Mike continued as a San Francisco air personality, working for
legendary stations K-101, KFRC and KSFX.
Coming to Seattle in the 80s, Webb has hosted shows at KPLZ
(K-PLUS-FM), KEZX and KZOK. He served as Program Director of KVI
from 1984 - 1991 and at KIXI until 1994.
Hosting talk shows since 1996 at KIRO, Webb also finds himself
involved in Beltway politics, making occasional trips back to
Washington DC. Lobbying for Hate Crimes legislation and Ted
Kennedy's Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), has gotten Mike
into some interesting situations including a shouting match with
Martina Navratalova about whether being Vegetarian or Coming Out is
more important. When he's not doing the radio show, Webb produces
audio and does voice-over work on documentaries, industrial,
internet and commercial work at his studio,mikewebbmedia.com
Favorite Interviews: Attorney Gerry Spence, activists Michael Moore,
and Norman Soloman, UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, "Serving In
Silence" author, Grethe Cammermeyer.
Mike was murdered in his Seattle home April 14,
2007 by a roommate that he was attempting to help become substance
free and had lived with Mike for 6 months. Mike himself has
been substance free for about 18 years and frequently assisted
others in becoming "clean".