Meet the Mike & Mike Staff

Who works behind the scenes to help Greeny and Golic get on the air?

Updated: July 22, 2013, 1:03 PM ET


Liam Chapman - Producer II
Time at ESPN: Started in February 2002
College: University of Connecticut
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut (but born in England)
Favorite Teams: Liverpool and England soccer

Curt "Joaquin" Kaplan - Associate Producer II
About Curt: Not much can be said about the man they call Joaquin on Mike & Mike (mostly because we have to keep the language clean). He has been the sound artist on the program since November 2000, and is at least partially to blame for the presentation of the "Stone Cold Lead Pipe Locks" that are heard on every NFL Friday. Prior to working at ESPN, the artist known as Joaquin worked at and was subsequently fired from every decent rock 'n' roll station in Hartford. Joaquin was a NASCAR official from March of 1989 until May 2011, mostly working with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, but also helping out with Cup, Truck and Nationwide Series when they were running at the same tracks. A music enthusiast, Joaquin has worked for many years in order to become a marginal percussionist and an exceptionally sloppy guitarist.
Odd notes: Joaquin used to mow cemeteries and dig graves for the family business as a summer job. He cannot see through time, but often claims to. He actually only has a fourth-grade education (now you understand why those bits are so bad). His only real goal for working at ESPN Radio is to get a T-shirt from every single Mike & Mike affiliate. He once fell asleep in a meeting even after having 38 cups of regular coffee. He can play the "1812 Overture" on his neck. He has a dream of owning an ice cream truck with human skulls on it. He was an assistant coach for a high-school hockey team.

Brendan Peregrin - Production Assistant
Time at ESPN: Started in January 2006
College: Fordham
Hometown: Avon, Connecticut
Favorite Teams: New York Mets, Dallas Cowboys and Duke Blue Devils
Nickname: Bubba

Scott Shapiro - Program Director II
About Scott: Scott has been on the Mike & Mike team since February 2006. He served as the producer of the show for a number of years before joining the managerial ranks, where he now oversees the programming for both Mike & Mike and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Scott, who Greeny and Golic frequently refer to as "The Gnome," is a diehard Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Gophers fan having grown up in Minneapolis. He graduated cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta with a business degree in finance and consulting. Follow Scott on Twitter.


Kristen Balboni - Researcher
Time at ESPN: I started at ESPN in June 2011 and was lucky enough to begin working on Mike & Mike in August of that year
College: UNC-Chapel Hill (go Heels!)
Hometown: Pinehurst, North Carolina
Favorite Teams: Boston Red Sox, Carolina Panthers and my North Carolina Tar Heels (of course)
Nickname: Balbiz (according to Liam and Greeny) or Bones (according to Stats and Golic)
More from Kristen: I can do the worm and I once won a trip to Hawaii. I swear.


Seth Horwitz - Producer
Meet Seth: I have been a part of the TV side of Mike & Mike since the simulcast began in 2004. It has been very cool to see the show grow in so many ways. Proof of how big the show is can be found in the prime parking spot I get every day at 3 a.m. I'm a transplanted Chicagoan and I still hold true to those sports loyalties. Couldn't have picked a better time to come of age than during the Bulls' championship runs of the '90s and the Bears' dominance in Super Bowl XX. As for the Cubs... I've been at ESPN since 2000 when I started as a 21-year-old prodigy. Feel free to follow me on Twitter.

Kristal Messier - Graphics Developer
Meet Kristal: I am proud to say that I had the opportunity to launch the TV simulcast when it started in 2004. I am also one of the select few here at ESPN to say that I was born and raised in Bristol and have watched ESPN grow from the beginning. I majored in television production at ECSU and started working at ESPN right out of college in 2003. I enjoy watching all sports, but my loyalty will always reside with the Red Sox and Patriots. In my spare time, you will generally find me at my house tending to my garden, scrapbooking, running or doing yoga. I love the outdoors and enjoy hosting parties and cooking for the family.

Dave Froias - Studio Video Operator
College: New England Institute of Technology
Hometown: Warren, Rhode Island
Years at ESPN: Over 15
Favorite teams: Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots
More from Dave: I was born and raised in Rhode Island and have been with ESPN since I was 20. Just walked in to drop a resume off and had the job a few weeks later. I am also a volunteer wrestling coach at a high school in Connecticut.

Craig O'Brien - Editor
Meet Craig: A 2005 graduate of Marist College, I arrived at ESPN in October of that year. Since 2007, I have been with the Mike & Mike staff, working most notably on the "Stone Cold Lead Pipe Locks" during every football season. I am a native of Walpole, Massachusetts who is a diehard Patriots fan, enjoys bad television programming and listens to all sorts of music.

Paul Ryan - Editor
Favorite teams: Slipstream (Garmin-Barracuda) and Boston Red Sox
More from Paul: I work on the "Stone Cold Lead Pipe Locks" with Craig O'Brien and create various other animations on the TV side. My sport of choice is triathlon (all distances, but mostly half-Ironmans). Working at 4 a.m. for Mike & Mike means plenty of time for bike riding in the afternoons. Despite what Golic says, I have not been banned for doping. Vive le Tour!

Mo Williams - Associate Operator (Hard Camera and Jib)
College: Saint Paul's in Lawrenceville, Virginia
Favorite teams: New York Mets, Dallas Cowboys, Florida Gators and Los Angeles Lakers
More from Mo: I have been at ESPN since 1998 and was born and raised in Bristol. I love playing PS3 and pool and my favorite dish is surf 'n' turf.


Frank Dale - Digital Audio Content Editor
Time at ESPN: Since September 2008
College: The George Washington University
Favorite teams: New York Yankees, New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, George Washington Colonials, Notre Dame Fighting Irish football and Everton
More from Frank: Follow me on Twitter.


Liam's Mum - Contributor
Years at ESPN: None
Favorite teams: Brewers
Favorite ballpark: Busch Stadium
Favorite NASCAR driver: Clint Bowyer (formerly sponsored by Jack Daniels)
Hobbies: Knocking back some pints and Twitter.