Mike Schmidt: Inspired by WOSU Every Day
Listen to Mike Schmidt talk about why WOSU is an important part of his life.
Born and raised in Columbus, Mike Schmidt has watched and listened to WOSU for most of his sixty years. He graduated from Worthington High School and was soon drafted into the Army in 1971. Serving in the military gave Mike his first taste of international travel, an interest that has stayed with him to this day. He was stationed in Guam, and during his time in the military, he visited Bangkok and Thailand, a place to which he has returned many times since.
After finishing his tour of duty in 1974, Mike went back to college at Ohio State and received a bachelor's degree in psychology. He would return ten years later to complete a master's degree, this time in public administration, while working with mentally disabled children at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He worked there for twenty-five years before retiring.
Nowadays, Mike enjoys retirement through hobbies and travel. He has been to fifty-five countries, including Mexico, India, and Bangladesh. He also fills his time with WOSU's programming, from PBS to NPR. "It's on almost 24/7. I probably shouldn't even have a button on the radio."
Mike has decided to bequeath a portion of his investments to WOSU in support of his favorite programming, which he relies on every day.