Meet Mike

Well hey there. Welcome. I’m Mike Marcotte. I’m a 30-something living in downtown Minneapolis.

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Aboard the NYC Ferry (a fantastic and inexpensive way to see the New York skyline!)

I’m proud to be a Minnesota native. Yeah, winter isn’t always fun, but the summer makes up for it.

Like many of you, my journey has provided its challenges. I lost my mom to cancer when I was a senior in high school. My dad suddenly passed away from a stroke when I was 24. Those experiences forced me to make decisions people don’t go through at an early age. Then in 2014, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. That quickly forced me become more in-tune with my well-being. Every day, I keep my head up high, my attitude in check and keep striving to do my best. It’s what my parents would have wanted.

My full time gig is as a producer at a television station in Minnesota. That’s not what I went to college for. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Ever since I was in the 2nd grade, I wanted to be a teacher. But life took me in another direction.

Currently, in addition to producing segments behind the scenes and appearing on air, I entertain studio audiences, both big and small. I have a microphone in my hand often, hence the name of this website.

On the set of the television show I work on in Minneapolis.
Emceeing a walk raising money for charity at Mall of America.

I’m a go, go, go kind of guy. My Google Calendar is well laid out so I maximize time. Sitting still doesn’t feel right. I always want to help and discover. I volunteer my time emceeing events and serve on a gala committee or two. A recent benefit I helped organize raised over a quarter million dollars.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Minnesota Boychoir (I was a member as a kid).

As a native Minnesotan and a member of the media, I have collected a lot of information about what’s happening here in the North Star State. Where to eat. Where to play. My noggin can only handle so much (see ‘epilepsy,’ above), so instead, I share my findings with you. Typically it’s on television and social media. And now, it’ll be on this website, too. Click here for my randoMNess.

Give Me The Mike combines the best of Minnesota with traveling advice. I made traveling a priority in my life years ago, but only recently came to discover how much I enjoy travel writing. My articles are catered to the LGBT community (I truly came ‘out’ in 2011), but don’t let that label stop you heterosexuals from clicking around.

Along the Mediterranean in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

I would love to see you more! Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or you’ll find a contact form at the bottom of this page. And don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks for visiting!

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