I’ve worked with Shark for the better part of 21 years. His ability to create a comfortable and collaborative environment with all talent is a gift. He has a credibility and professionalism in his approach that I’ve not seen before. He has worked with every level of talent experience and made a difference. And, he is one of the best people I know!”
– Keith Lawless, VP/Market Manager, Cox Media Group, Tampa, FL.
“Michael Sharkey is one of those once-in-a-lifetime influences. He has the incredible ability to simultaneously nurture and coach talent, never losing track of what the listener wants to hear. He has been a mentor, friend, supporter, and honest critic, and I quite simply wouldn’t be where I am without his guidance.”
– Drew Garabo, #1 rated PM Drive talk show host, 102-5 The Bone, Tampa, FL.
When I began working with Shark, our Alt station was newly launched, and about to take on a heritage competitor with a full staff and large ratings. With Shark’s innovative thinking, experience, and coaching, we were able to flip our competitor of the format in 17 months. During that span we were the highest PPM rated Alt rock station in the country…twice. Michael Sharkey not only played a pivotal role in the formation and growth of WXXJ, but in my career as a programmer.
– Aaron Schacter, Director of Branding and Programming, WXXJ/WXJL – Jacksonville, FL.
Shark is by far the BEST at making great talent better. He makes you want to be the best “you” on the radio. He gives you real consumable critique that can be applied to make every show better.
– Billy Madison, host of the #1 rated Billy Madison Show, KISS/San Antonio. (syndicated in Tampa & Fort Myers, FL.)
“I had the luxury of working with Shark early in my programming career. While he showed me the ropes every young programmer must know, his most valuable advice came in the form of his incredible perspective on both career and life. Talent management and development is my favorite part of this job, and that wouldn’t be the case without my experiences with Michael Sharkey.”
– John Brennan, Director of Branding and Programming, WHPT – Tampa, FL.