Michael “Fast Mike” Marino is the current Road Racing Reporter and Social Media Coordinator for the Two Wheel Power Hour Motorcycle Show on iHeart Media’s 570AM WKBN Youngstown, Ohio.
Born and adopted from birth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michael spent most of his childhood growing up in suburban Rochester, New York. Michael did not grow up in a motorsports family, and would not discover motorcycle road racing, Formula 1, or sports car racing until he was in his middle 20’s. Growing up, Michael was a gifted student in history, politics, and philosophy. Michael’s academic accomplishments include graduating with distinction from Monroe Community College (Rochester, New York) with an A.S. in Liberal Arts, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science, and obtaining a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree (GPA: 3.7/4.0). Michael is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of the Two-Year College, and the Tau Sigma Honor Society for Transfer Students. Michael made National Dean’s List and Who’s Who Among America’s Junior College Students in 2004-2005, and Who’s Who Among America’s College and University Students in 2009-2010. A natural strategist, analyst, and politician, Michael constantly strives to innovate ways of improving nearly every aspect of his life. Michael is currently a full-time graduate student and graduate assistant in the History Department at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.
Motorsports & Journalism
Michael has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade. After a brief stint of trying to become interested in stock car racing, Michael steadily became a fan of open-wheel racing in the mid-2000’s. Michael grew up watching the Indianapolis 500 and cheering for the Andrettis’ in the Texaco-sponsored cars. Michael first watched a Champ Car race in 2002 (Miami) and a Formula 1 GP in 2003 (Imola). Michael also watched his first non-Indy 500 IndyCar race (Texas World Speedway) in 2003, the race that ended Kenny Brack’s career. It was during this time that Michael also had his first exposure to motorcycle road racing. Michael was flipping though the channels, and happened to stumble upon the old SPEED TV. An AMA Supersport race from Auto Club Speedway was on. Michael can only remember a couple laps, as well as the Hayden brothers riding Kawasakis. While Michael did not finish watching the race, his interest was piqued. The event that propelled Michael into becoming an avid motorcycle road racing fan was the 2008 AMA Superbike event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The event has had a powerful and positive impact on Michael, who has since embarked on a very different, motorcycle-centric and racing-centric lifestyle. Just seeing Superstock 1000 motorcycles accelerate out of Mid-Ohio’s keyhole turn, down the back straight, then slam on the brakes for the esses was a powerful event for Michael.
Being a natural researcher, Michael has accumulated a great deal of knowledge through his systematic approach to following motorsports. In 2013, when the Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG) had mismanaged the AMA Superbike Championship to the point of losing the series’ television coverage, Michael took action. Michael put together a series of ideas he had been developing over the previous five years, and created a comprehensive strategic plan for the the AMA Superbike Championship. Michael sent the plan out to prominent members of the American motorcycle road racing community, and has been pleased to see a number of his ideas put into practice. A copy of the plan can be reviewed here:
After making several guest appearances on iHeart Media’s Two Wheel Power Hour Motorcycle Show in 2013 and 2014, Michael joined the show’s “cast of characters” in 2016. Michael’s first role was setting up and supporting the show’s social media platform on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Michael’s role later expanded to Road Racing Reporter. Michael’s responsibilities include on-site coverage of MotoAmerica events, as well as covering MotoGP and World Superbike.
Michael also maintains a standing interest in Formula 1 and sports car racing. Michael will not follow the WeatherTech IMSA series until DMG management is replaced. However, Michael does follow the WEC. Michael stays up for all 24 hours of every year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race.