Radio personality Mike Ragogna mixes music industry interviews with artist reviews, local color highlights and all things 2.0. Multifaceted and kaleidoscopic, the Huffington Post entertainment writer is a full menu buffet who brings it all to the table every show.
New York-born Ragogna was signed at 15 as a songwriter by producers Terry Cashman & Tommy West who developed him as a recording artist for their label, Lifesong Records. After writing and recording songs for Tippi Hedren’s international hit movie, Roar, Mike teamed with producer Terrence P. Minogue to record his debut album in 1982, Safari In America. In 1984, Mike also supplied the Joey Ramone-esque voice in the popular TV commercial for Atari's video game Pole Position.
Mike’s album The Almost Brothers (recorded Everlys/Simon & Garfunkel-style with vocalist Steve Mosto) was released in 1985 on MTM—Mary Tyler Moore's Nashville-based record company that was distributed through Capitol Records. Label-mates Girls Next Door recorded Mike’s first big hit as a songwriter, “Slow Boat To China,” that was a Billboard Country Top Ten and one of 1986’s top-selling country singles. It also was the first major hit for MTM’s publishing division, Uncle Artie Music, and received an ASCAP award honoring it as one of the most frequently-played country singles of that year.
Mike Ragogna and Steve Mosto then recorded and performed as the groups Body Politic and Bone People before moving on to solo careers. Since 1999, Mike has released a series of solo albums including Minefield Diaries, Writer’s Block, Valentine’s Day, and Summerland that featured "Home," a duet with legendary vocalist Dobie Gray. In 2009, Mike released a remixed retrospective of his last four albums titled Greatest Hits, that title being a nod to his days as a record business executive.
Over the last sixteen years, Mike has performed A&R duties for various record labels, including EMI-Capitol, Universal, BMG, and Razor & Tie, where he produced and oversaw catalog compilations and reissues for many acts including Joni Mitchell, Aerosmith, Sublime, Al Green, Toby Keith, Chris LeDoux, Joe Cocker, Crosby & Nash, Fats Domino, Joan Armatrading, Ringo Starr, The Beach Boys, Herb Alpert, Burt Bacharach, Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, Suzanne Vega, Joan Baez, John Hiatt, Astrud Gilberto, Carly & Lucy Simon, Flying Burrito Brothers, Jimmy Cliff, Poco, Hall & Oates, Joe Jackson, Graham Parker, Rush, Sammy Hagar, Scorpions, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Pat Benatar, Three Dog Night, 38 Special, Robert Palmer, Tears For Fears, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Humble Pie, The Tubes, The Strawbs, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, Cher, Carpenters, Lisa Loeb, Amy Grant, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Glen Campbell, D'Angelo, K-Ci & JoJo, Jodeci, and more.
Additionally, Mike has supplied the teacher's voice for over 200 courses for the online school, Universal Class, and currently, he is a twice-weekly contributor to The Huffington Post's entertainment page.