Mike Randall Biography
Mike Randall is an American actor, playwright, meteorologist, and reporter from Buffalo, New York. He is best known within his native Western New York for his long run on WKBW-TV. While there he has been an on-air personality since 1983 and was the chief meteorologist from 1999 to 2013, and outside Western New York for his stage shows.
Mike Randall Biography
Randall received his Certificate In Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He has earned the Seal Of Approval from The American Meteorological Society as well as the National Weather Association. His meteorology education comes from Mississippi State University’s Broadcast Meteorology Program.
Mike’s obtained his broadcasting education from Onondaga Community College, among others. Randall never actually graduated and had dropped out of four different colleges by the start of his broadcast career. Moreover, he studied theater at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Randall holds seals of approval from the National Weather Association (seal #9708542, which he has held since at least the early 1990s). and the American Meteorological Society (seal #1558, which he earned some time in the 2000s).
Mike Randall Age
Randall was born on November 2, 1953, Western New York. He was born as Michael E. “Mike” Randall.
Mike Randall Family
A native of Western New York. The information regarding his parent’s names and other family members is currently under review.
Mike Randall Wife
As of his love life, Mike is a married man. Mike and his wife, Kathy, have three sons and live in North Boston.
Mike Randall Television
Randall was the first television meteorologist in Western New York to carry the NWA seal. Prior to 1983, Randall worked at WFSB in Hartford and WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, as well as a brief stint as a commercial spokesman for, among others, the New York Lottery in 1978.
Randall joined WKBW-TV in 1983 as a feature reporter. His features are still occasionally rerun on WKBW today. In 1989, Mike was paired with Ann Edwards to host Good Morning Western New York, the first-morning newscast in the Buffalo market, with Randall assigned weather presenting duties as well as co-hosting duties.
He became a bona fide meteorologist shortly thereafter. Mike also became the third true meteorologist in the Buffalo market. From 1992 through 1993, Randall was named “Captain” of the children’s television program Rocketship 7. Moreover, He was named chief meteorologist and moved to the station’s evening newscasts.
Furthermore, Mike was moved back to mornings in 2009 in an effort to revive the ratings of Good Morning Western New York.
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Acting and theatrical work
Randall is known as a character actor and impersonator performing primarily in one-man shows. His best-known impersonations are those of 19th-century authors Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. The Twain performances are known as Mark Twain Live! As Dickens, Randall traditionally recites the book A Christmas Carol as Dickens used to do on stage during his lifetime.
In 1975, Hal Holbrook, the creator of Mark Twain Tonight, filed a lawsuit against the then 22-year-old Randall. alleging that Randall had plagiarized Holbrook’s work. Singling out Randall mainly because he had done a show in New York City, infringing on Holbrook’s territory.
This was because he wanted to use the “accessible” Randall as an example to deter further Twain impersonators from plagiarizing his work. The two reached a settlement stating that Randall could not use any of Holbrook’s work in future productions, but that Randall could continue impersonating Twain.
Randall also has a puppet show, “Reading is Magic with Mike Randall and Friends,” which is geared toward children and encourages them to read.
In 2016, Randall wrote “Shoot the Weatherman,” a short two-hander one-act play in which a lawyer takes a meteorologist hostage for making an inaccurate forecast. It was followed in 2017 with “Guns and Roses,” a comedy in which a churchgoing couple purchases a gun to their young adult son’s dismay.
Outside of his own shows, Randall has also appeared in Shakespeare in Delaware Park and at Buffalo’s New Phoenix Theatre.