Mike Hsu

On-air:
Monday – Friday 6 am – 10 am
Saturday 4 pm – 7 pm

After 20 years at the legendary WAAF Mike Hsu is now broadcasting from his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts on 100 FM The Pike.  Still trying to play as much Rush as possible but with a shorter commute.  Hsu grew up in Natick, Massachusetts barely attending Natick High School before going to North Adams State College where they were so embarrassed of their association with him they had to change the name of the school.  He then moved to Richmond, VA where he worked at WVGO and 106.5 The Buzz while eating as much BBQ as he could handle.  He eventually found his way back to Massachusetts where he bribed and extorted his way into a job at WAAF.  Hsu finally settled in the Heart Of The Commonwealth where he developed a love for the city and it’s never say die attitude.  When he’s not on The Pike from 6 am – 10 am Monday through Friday and Saturdays 4-7 pm after his heroes Bob And Zip, he’s playing disc golf poorly at one of the many beautiful courses in Central Mass and obsessing over an affliction he has that forces him to take pictures of his food.


 

 

Read Mike’s latest blogs:

9/14/21- Checking In With Claudio Sanchez From Coheed And Cambria

9/14/21- Former WAAF Program Director Rob Barnett And The Epic Tale Of The Rolling Stones Playing At Sir Morgan’s Cove In 1981

7/21/21 – Please Watch This Helpful Hot Dog Etiquette Video before You Do Something Dumb With That Weiner

7/9/21 – Mother Gives Children The Most Metal Names Ever

6/30/21 – Eric LaFleche Is A One man Army Fighting Hunger…For Now

6/28/21 – Metallica’s Black Album Turns 30 With The Blacklist

4/6/21 – All This Machinery Making Music…

3/25/21 – Help Save The Bridge And Help The Future Of Worcester

2/22/21 – Thanks!

2/13/21 – Gorilla Glue Will Help Us Stick Together Through These Hard Times

 

PODCASTS:

Mike Hsu from 100 FM The Pike in Worcester talks to Claudio Sanchez from Coheed And Cambria about their new song “Shoulders”, what to expect from new music they’re working on, and why hasn’t the epic saga of The Amory Wars(which is what 8 of their 9 albums are about) been made into a movie or series yet.  Coheed And Cambria are playing the Palladium Outdoors this Saturday September 18.

Former WAAF Program Director Rob Barnett was instrumental in getting the Rolling Stones to play a secret show at Sir Morgan’s Cove in Worcester back in 1981. Here he describes the series of events that lead up to the historic gig at this 300 capacity venue with the world’s biggest Rock-N-Roll band.

 

Mike Hsu talks To Comedian Whitney Cummings About Her “Touch Me” Tour, Sex Robots, creepy cabins in the woods, bleach And Why New England Sports Fans Are Angry At Her. Not necessarily in that order.

 

Franking Hannon is a founding member and guitar player for Tesla. Mike Hsu talks to him about their new song, “Cold Blue Steel”, their upcoming tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and how they’re going to approach recording music for the future.

Geoff Tate rose to fame as the voice of Quuensryche through the 80’s and 90’s.  Now on his own he is bringing his band Operation Mindcrime to Rascal’s in Worcester to kick off the Empire 30th Anniversary Tour where he’ll play that album and Queensryche’s rage For Order in their entirety.  Mike Hsu talks about those albums with Geoff, as well as his other musical projects, his love for Pink Floyd, and how making a fine wine is like writing a song.

 


Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson has been involved in all aspects of creating music. He’s a musician, producer, songwriter and engineer. He was in Dokken, Dio and has had many projects involving some of the best players in the business. Mike Hsu talks to Pilson about the current Foreigner tour and their support for youth music programs, possibilities for another Dokken reuinion, and songwriting.  They also talk about the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts which they both found out about moments before they started the interview.

Not only is Bill janovitz a member of Buffalo Tom, who scored a few hits on alternative radio in the 90’s, but he is also the author of two excellent books about The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street and Rocks Off.  Janovitz talks with fellow Stones fan Mike Hsu about the death of drummer Charlie Watts and what made his role in the band and his playing so great.  Check out more of Janovitz’s writing at BillJanovitz.com

Jeff Foxworthy has been bringing his stand-up comedy to the world for over 35 years!  He was part of the legendary Blue Collar Comedy Tours, as well as appearing in several TV shows and movies, as well as authoring 27 books.  Jeff brings his latest tour to The Chevalier Theater on August 27.  Mike Hsu talks to him about the upcoming show, becoming a grandfather this year, and if he’s going to build a Redneck Rocket.

 

George Thorogood has toured the world for 45 years and sold millions of records.  He brings the show to Indian Ranch in Webster on September 18.  Mike Hsu talks to George about what makes a successful show, The Blues, and why “Women lead the way when it comes to music.

 

Patrick Murray is a Spencer Firefighter that needs your help.  While on vacation with his family Murray was experiencing extremely painful headaches.  After going to the hospital doctors discovered a large brain tumor that had to be removed immediately.  Now he needs further medical treatment to recover and can’t work for the foreseeable future.  His sister-in-law, Leah Quimby set up a Go Fund Me page to help with medical costs.  Mike Hsu talks to her about how we can help and gives us an update on how Murray is doing.

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For the last ten years Tom Mahoney has been the main organizer of the Worcester Hot Dog Safari which benefits the Worcester County Food Bank.  Mike Hsu talks to him about what Hot Dog places are participating this year, how you can still get involved, and is it ok to put ketchup on a hot dog?

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Jimmy Dunn is a veteran comedian and actor who has starred in the TV series The McCarthys and written for the show Loudermilk. He grew up on Hampton Beach working at the Playland Arcade and eventually breaking into stand up. He’s going to be performing with Mark Riley, Andrew Della Volpe and Mike Whiteman at Samuel Slater’s Restaurant at Indian Ranch on July 29th.

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Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown is now in a band called Scott Brown And The Diplomats. They’ll be opening for Dark Desert Eagles Saturday July 17 at Indian Ranch in Webster. We talk about how he got into music and if he plans on staying in politics.

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Ryleigh Modig showed the world how talented she is on season 20 of The Voice. Now the Spencer native is back in Central Mass playing at a very special show on July 31. Band Together For Mental health will be at the Common Ground Ciderworks in in North Brookfield and feature a Variety of musical artists trying to promote awareness for mental health issues. We talked to Ryleigh about her experience on The Voice working with John Legend, her own struggles with mental health and what she’s doing next.

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Mike Hsu talks to Hip Hop Legend, actor, producer, cannabis entrepreneur, and Sports magnate Ice Cube about the 4th Season of his Big 3 basketball league, athletes using cannabis, the status of a new Friday movie, and what he’s up to musically.

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Geoff Esper will be representing Central Massachusetts this Sunday in one of the nation’s most revered Independence Day traditions: The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Mike Hsu and Adam Webster ask Geoff about the training leading up to the competition and the uncertain aftermath. They also talk about the time Geoff ate 50 Table Talk Pies in 10 minutes. We all learn a lot from this interview.

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Mary Hollis Inboden has starred in several TV series including The Real O’Neals, Righteous Gemstones and American Princess. She currently plays Patty in the new series which is set in Worcester, Kevin can F*** Himself on AMC. Mike Hsu talks about how she nailed the New England accent, the message the show delivers, and where she should visit when she come to The Heart Of The Commonwealth.

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Eric LaFleche is a one man army in the fight against food insecurity. At first, his goal was to help 5 families with their groceries. Now his food deliveries have topped 200 and he just keeps going. Please give a listen to this interview and donate to www.buyingfood.org or check out his Facebook page, Buying Friends And Families Food.

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Extreme bassist Pat Badger brings his Eagles tribute, Dark Desert Eagles, to Indian Ranch in Webster on July 17th. Mike Hsu talks to him about why he started an Eagles tribute and what his favorite Eagles songs are.

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Mike Hsu chats with actor Kevin Chapman has been in movies like Mystic River, Boondock Saints, Blow, and Slender Man. He’s also been on the small screen in City On A Hill, Lost, Blue Bloods, Boston Legal, Rescue Me and many more. Mike talks to him about the new show set in Worcester, “Kevin Can F*** Himself and a new movie he’s in called CODA.

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The City of Worcester will be featured in a new version of Monopoly! Mike Hsu talks with Afolabi Omotola from the team putting it together.

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Worcester Railers COO Michael Meyers joins the show to talk about what his role is in the bet Mike Hsu and Adam Webster have for the Bruins/Islanders series.

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Mike Hsu and Adam Webster talk to NESN Hockey Analyst and former Boston Bruins goalie Andrew “Razor” Raycroft about the Bruins/ Islander playoff series going back to Long Island, the health of the Bruins overall, and the bet that Mike and Adam have for the series.

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Mike Hsu talks with Echo Louissaint, one of the organizers of The Worcester Community Fridge. These refrigerators are maintained by a group of volunteers that make sure they are clean and well stocked with healthy food for those that need it. Echo talks about their locations in Worcester and how you can donate or get involved.

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Mike Hsu chats with Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, who answers questions about lifting Covid-19 restrictions in the city.

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Mike Hsu chats with Michael Andelman from the Mendon Twin Drive about the upcoming Bon Jovie show and other events happening at the drive in this Summer.

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Mike Hsu chats with Dr. Charles Steinberg from the Worcester Red Sox, about opening day at Polar Park, Food, and live music.

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Mike Hsu interviews Comedian Tom Cotter, who you’ve seen on America’s Got talent, The Tonight Show, The late Show, and The Late Late Show. Tom talks about getting back out and touring, the strangest gigs he’s had during the pandemic and working with his wife.

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It’s official!!!! Mistress Carrie has joined the Pike! Listen to her starting Monday, May 10th from 3p – 7p

Mike Hsu had her on this morning to officially welcome her to 100 FM The Pike!

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Mike Hsu talks to Director, Actor, Producer Kevin Smith about The Mooby’s Pop-Up at The House Of Blues in Boston happening this week, his films and if it was a bigger thrill working with Tommy Chong or the tribute to his movie Mallrats with Stan Lee in Captain Marvel.

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Mike Hsu chats with Host Of New England Legends on PBS and Amazon and Paranormal Investigator Jeff Belanger, about his new book The Call Of Kilimanjaro.

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Mike Hsu chats with Marc Riley, a Boston Comedian and Hockey referee who has worked in the NHL, ECHL, and NCAA.  He joined Mike to talk about NHL referee Tim Peel’s firing after he was caught on a hot mic admitting to a lame call.

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Mike talks with John Powers, who is part of the Save The Bridge Organization trying to keep The Bridge Academy And Community Center in Worcester from being evicted from their current location.

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Mike Hus chats with former WAAF co-worker and recently former WEEI morning show co-host Danielle Murr about what’s next for her after leaving Boston radio.

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Mike Hsu talks with Ken Casey from Dropkick Murphys talking about the band’s St. Patrick’s Day live stream event and their new album coming out 4/30 called Turn Up That Dial.

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Mike Hsu chats with Worcester native, Brendan Sargent, who is competing on Jeopardy tonight. He was born and raised in Worcester and He’s a graduate of St. Johns in Shrewsbury. it’s been a lifelong dream of his to be on Jeopardy.

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Mike Hsu chats with the original WAAF Morning Show & 100 FM The Pike’s weekend favorites – Bob & Zip!

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Mike Hsu checks in with Worcester Mayor, Joseph Petty

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Mike Hsu chats with former Boston Bruin & WAAF personality Lydon (LB) Byers

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Mike Hsu catches up with the very talented Kevin Barbare

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Mike Hsu chats with an old friend & local radio legend – John “Ozone” Osterlind

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Mike Hsu kicked off the NEW Pike Morning Show with a VERY special guest – Mistress Carrie!

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Mike Hsu chats with Rob Halford from Judas Priest about his legendary career & his new book “Confess: The Autobiography”

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