ABOUT MICHAEL SCHIAVELLO
Australian-born Michael Schiavello, 37, is a television broadcaster and sports commentator based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Michael is the only son of Italian immigrants. When growing up Michael always wanted to be an architect. However destiny would play its strong hand in 1990 when, in year 10 at high school, Michael could not get his foot in the door to do work experience (intern) at an architecture firm although he wrote to more than twenty firms requesting a position.
With just a couple of weeks remaining until compulsory work experience and in tears over what to do, Michael turned to his mother for help. In a twist of fate that would forge his career, Michael's mother said "Why don't you try radio? You have a good voice" even though Michael had never been interested in his voice nor media of any kind before.
Michael wrote to his favorite radio station, Triple M, and was accepted for work experience. When he arrived at Triple M's studios he was asked by the lady in charge what he wanted to do in radio.
"I don't want to do radio. I want to be an architect," Michael answered.
The woman looked him up and down thoughtfully and said: "I have a good feeling about you. I'm going to stick you in the newsroom with our journalists. I think you'll love it."
As soon as Michael stepped foot in the Triple M newsroom every thought of becoming an architect disappeared from his mind. He was hooked on radio, broadcasting and media!
By 16 Michael was hosting his own Sunday morning sports radio program on Southern FM. A go-getter with an ability to secure superstar interviews commercial broadcasters couldn't land, the teenager was labelled "Mr Scoop" for scoring radio interview with the likes of tennis stars Stefan Edberg, Gabriela Sabatini, Goran Ivanisevic, Monica Seles; cricketers Richie Richardson, Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar; soccer players Diego Maradona and Pele; and many more.
Michael spent his high school weekends covering Victorian Premier League Soccer matches for Australian & British Soccer Weekly magazine and covering VAFA (Australian Rules) football games for the Leader Newspaper Group. He also began commentating sports events, making his debut at Melbourne's Olympic Park announcing the 1991 APS Track & Field Championships (he would commentate the 1992 Championships too due to popular demand!)
In 1992 Michael began commentating Victorian Premier League Soccer every weekend on commercial radio network 3AK. Michael's love for soccer would lead him to co-create Soccer International Magazine in 1993 and cover the World Cups in the USA in 1994 and France 1998 for both the magazine and a slew of radio stations including Triple M, 5RPH, 4TAB and 2GB.
Between 1993 and 2000 Michael worked as Chief Editor of Blitz Publications, helping transform the publishing house from a two-magazine outfit to a publishing powerhouse of more than 10 national and international selling titles including: GOLF Magazine, IRONMAN Magazine, Soccer International, Women in Sport, Australian Women's Health Magazine, International Kickboxer, Blitz Martial Arts Magazine and Triathlon & Multi Sport Australia.
In 1998 Michael became the youngest journalist ever inducted into The Best Australian Sports Writing Awards (Random House) for a feature he wrote on Olympic gold medalist Cathy Freeman.
In 1996 Michael began his television career. He became the youngest television sports commentator in Australian TV history when he was signed by Fox Sports to helm their combat sports broadcasts.
Michael's riveting commentary style infusing excitement and humor with superb technical knowledge attracted the interest of international broadcasters.
In 2001 he began working abroad, commentating events in Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the United States and Europe for SKY Television.
In 2006 Michael commentated all the boxing for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. In 2008 he was part of the Asian Broadcasting Union’s commentary team for the Olympic Games in Beijing, broadcast to more than 130 countries, commentating every boxing match of The Games.
In 2009 Michael's unique and entertaining commentary style of a live event from Tokyo, Japan caught the attention of billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and AXS TV Network (formerly HDNET). Cuban offered Michael a contract to become the official voice of AXS TV's fight sports coverage in The United States.
In 2010 AXS TV launched The Voice Versus series. Hosted by Michael, the one-hour interview show features some of the biggest names in combat sports and entertainment including Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Michael Jai White, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Rogan.
In 2011 Michael was nominated in the category of ‘Best Sports Host’ in the 2011 CableFax Television Awards.
As a fight sports commentator, Michael has called more than 6000 fights in over 20 cities, from Montego Bay to Bucharest, New York, London, Amsterdam, Auckland, Singapore, Tokyo and beyond. He hosted and commentated the Asian ratings hit The Contender finale in 2009 for Mark Burnett Productions and eight K-1 Grand Prix finals in Tokyo.
In 2010 Michael became the first (and only) commentator to be nominated for the ‘Leading Man’ Award at the World MMA Awards in Las Vegas.
A long-time celebrity interviewer for radio, magazine and television, Michael has interviewed celebrities including: Pamela Anderson, Jackie Chan, Diego Maradona, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raquel Welch, Bo Derek, George Foreman, Stefan Edberg, Gabriela Sabatini, Evander Holyfield, Pele and Hulk Hogan.
Michael has written for more than 50 publications worldwide and authored four books, including the 1999 best seller Bouncer.