Michael "Mike" Stone, (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1958-) is host of the Stoney and Wojo radio show on WDFN in Detroit, Michigan. The show has been a consistent ratings leader for years in the Detroit afternoon drive time slot. Stone also appears weekly on WXYZ-TV's Sunday night sports newscast to offer his editorial opinion on the latest sports issues.
Stone began his sports journalism career as a television producer for The George Michael Sports Machine in Washington, D.C.. He attended American University and worked at WRC-TV for George Michael after graduating. He came to Detroit to work as the sports producer for WDIV-TV. He is the longest working broadcaster at WDFN, being an original on-air personality of WDFN when it changed its format to all sports on July 11th, 1994. He first worked with Detroit News reporter Rob Parker. Since the late 1990s, he has partnered with Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski. Prior to joining WDFN, Stone worked with Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom on The Sunday Sports Albom, Albom's sports talk radio show which at that time was being broadcast on WLLZ, a now defunct Detroit FM rock station.
Stone has developed a distinctive, entertaining and knowledgeable on-air presence that has come to represent WDFN and the Detroit sports market. He often appears on national media outlets to discuss Detroit sports events, such as the Pacers-Pistons brawl. He has been a guest several times on the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show. Additionally, on July 13, 2007 Stoney and Wojo filled in as hosts for Rome's show. Personally, Stone is Jewish and married to Cindi, an Occupational Therapist, and has twin daughters. They live in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is a dedicated Bruce Springsteen fan, even taking days off to see Springsteen in nearby cities. He has a reputation for being occasionally careless. In 2006, for example, he gave out his real (eerily similar) cell phone number over the air instead of the station's call-in line, resulting in many listeners calling his phone; some of the messages he played on the air after he was forced to get a new number.
The Stoney and Wojo show is a three hour radio broadcast that includes listener call-in segments, regular guests, and current affairs talk slanted towards the Detroit and Michigan sports fan. With Wojnowski, the show has developed a definite comedic quality with Stone playing straight man to Wojo's more clownish comments. More recently Stone has incorporated his MySpace website, and the station's website, into the show's topics and discussion. Nevertheless, the heart of the show is still sports and the breaking news of the Detroit sports market is paramount. Included are interviews, where the professional journalism strengths of both Stone and Wojnowski come to the fore. Occasionally, political news is featured, Governor Jennifer Granholm has appeared several times, for example. Stoney and Wojo conduct an annual 28 hour radiothon in support of research for a cure of leukemia and lymphoma. The event was started when Sabrina Black, WDFN update reporter, was diagnosed with lymphoma, and continued after her long battle with the disease lead to her passing in 2006. It is typically held in a Metro Detroit restaurant and includes many regular guest appearances including Tony Dungy and Joe Dumars, among many others.