Mike Foley

Reporter, News Anchor

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. He earned Broadcasting and Journalism degrees from the University of Florida.

Growing up in the Sunshine State, Mike continues to adjust to Ohio’s winters. Repeated attempts to structure a contract that would allow him to stay home on days when the temperature falls below 60 have failed. But Foley finds strength in the lyrics of Eddie Vedder - “no matter how cold the winter, there’s a springtime ahead.”

Foley works on variety of news and feature stories and also assists in developing WCBE's Podcast Experience. Hosting and producing the Music Journeys podcast remains his greatest professional passion. 

Mike loves spending time with his family. He's been married to an Ohio State grad since 1996, proving that Gators and Buckeyes can get along. They have a son in college, a daughter in high school, and a daughter in middle school. The Foleys are animal lovers too and currently have two dogs. 

Ways to Connect

Phenix Banquet Center

Several Juneteenth celebrations take place Saturday. The city of Columbus and the King Arts Complex host Juneteenth Freedom Day, which will feature food, games, music, health screenings, COVID-19 vaccinations, along with higher education and information sessions. The Phenix Banquet Center hosts its second annual Juneteenth Community Festival.

American Red Cross

Central Ohio health officials are issuing an urgent call for blood donations as hospitals in the region are approaching critical shortages.

John Smith

With his new album The Fray, musician John Smith believes he's created his most honest work - and it came out of necessity. Not unlike other performers, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist found himself grounded by the pandemic but also dealing with unrelated family health matters. Here on Music Journeys, Smith shares how turning to music helped him accept life's challenges.

Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP

A special prosecutor charged three Columbus police officers Wednesday for alleged misconduct in their handling of demonstrators during the protests last summer following the killing of George Floyd.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library and Columbus Recreation & Parks Department have partnered again to provide students with free lunches and snacks at 15 library locations.

Special Olympics Ohio

Special Olympics Ohio competitions return this month with a different look and more athletes. The summer games typically include about 3,000 athletes for a weekend of events on Ohio State's campus. With Summer Games Reimagined, more than 5,500 athletes will compete in 80 events in their own communities throughout the state.

Columbus officials introduced the city's next police chief today. Elaine Bryant spent 21 years with Detroit's division. Bryant described herself as having a calling to serve the community and be a positive change. 

Columbus Police continue investigating Saturday’s shooting at Bicentennial Park that left a 16-year-old girl dead and five other teenagers and young adults wounded.

Columbus officials Wednesday night hosted a virtual community forum with the four finalists being considered to oversee the city's police division. 

Central Ohio Folk Festival

The 24th annual Central Ohio Folk Festival takes place this Saturday with a virtual celebration of music. On this edition of the Music Journeys podcast, we preview this year's event with Bill Cohen and headlining duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, who share the challenges they faced during the pandemic, why they chose to be part of this year's fest, and how music continues to inspire them. Thanks for listening. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren headline the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Class of 2021. With 13 inductees, it's one of the largest and most diverse classes in the museum's history.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today committed another $10 million to the city's affordable housing efforts and announced two other related programs.

Ohio Department of Aging

As part of Older Americans Month, Ohio's Department of Aging seeks stories from residents revealing the many ways older adults and their communities are connected. The department will collect and share Stories of Strength, which can be about organizations or individuals who overcame challenges to meet an older adult's needs.

Amos Project

A Black-led collective of legal, faith, community, and movement leaders demands a federal investigation into the Columbus Division of Police. The Columbus Police Accountability Coalition says the division's long-standing patterns of violence and misconduct against Black people must be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church hosts a health and wellness event Saturday, May 1 featuring free cancer screenings, COVID vaccinations, and other health evaluations.

United Way of Central Ohio

United Way of Central Ohio's Board of Directors approved $7.6 million in funding for 93 nonprofits in the region to help the groups meet basic needs and improve student success.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

As Cleveland gets ready to host NFL Draft next week, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum introduces an exhibit honoring the history of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and its legendary performers. The Biggest Show on Turf: 55 Years of Halftime Shows opens April 24.

Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service

Central Ohio home sales rebounded last month after a decline in February. 

Columbus police and city officials have released additional details about Tuesday's fatal police shooting of a teenager. And a warning this story contains audio of the shooting. 

Central Ohio officials are reacting to the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.

With the jury expected to begin deliberating soon in the Derek Chauvin murder trial of George Floyd, the effects of the ruling will be felt across the country. Columbus and Franklin County officials joined area community leaders this afternoon in calling for calm regardless of the verdict.

ABC/Eric McCandless

Deshawn Goncalves has been moving us all with his performances on American Idol. Here on Music Journeys, Goncalves will share what the experience has been like so far and reflect on his time with the Paragon Project.


Ohio will receive nearly $201 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for affordable housing. It's part of almost $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to help communities across the country create affordable housing and services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Music Journeys: Miir

Apr 9, 2021

Miracle Mathis, who performs as Miir, shares her story with Music Journeys.  The 28-year-old has a new six-track release, her third EP since 2017.

Columbus Division of Fire

An explosion and fire early this morning at the Yenkin-Majestic Paint facility on Leonard Avenue in Columbus has left several people injured. Authorities say one person initially unaccounted for has been found deceased. 

Biscodini Organ Trio

The band members of Biscodini Organ Trio are well-established musicians who've been playing random gigs together for years. COVID-19 prevented that in 2020. But the pandemic brought together drummer Curt Bisquera, organist Scott Healy, and guitarist John Chiodini in an unexpected way - to record an album.

Susan J. Barron

A powerful portrait series featuring Veterans and their struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder opens this weekend at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus.  

Columbus Zoo And Aquarium

Ohio’s top law enforcer placed one of the nation’s largest zoos under investigation Thursday after a newspaper reported misuse of assets by two top executives who later resigned.

Republican Attorney General Dave Yost placed his office’s Charitable Law Section in charge of the probe targeting the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in the Columbus suburb of Powell. Its animal population is ranked second largest among U.S. zoos.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Columbus Division of Police today released an age-progression image of Brian Shaffer, who's been missing for 15 years.

Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File

An independent investigator has ordered six Columbus officers to cooperate with a probe into allegations of police brutality during anti-racism protests last summer. Rick Wozniak, the retired FBI agent hired by the city to lead the investigation, says the six officers are not suspected of wrongdoing but are considered witnesses needed to prosecute potential crimes.