About The Arcade
The idea for The Arcade, like other great ideas, came from boredom! You see, Mike “The Legend” spent one January hard at work for a baseball team in his area. He learned many life lessons there, the most important one being that there is precious little to do when working for a baseball team in January, and because of this, he found himself daydreaming just to make the hours pass. It was those daydreams, meant specifically to kill time, that ultimately gave birth to The Arcade.
Envisioning The Arcade as a fun and informative radio talk-show that focused on the latest gaming news of the week, Mike “The Legend” soon thought a program like this would fit nicely into the FM radio landscape, if it was given a chance. Much to his surprise, it only took one e-mail to find an interested party. Rick Baverstock, then station manager of the now defunct 92.9 KICK FM, embraced the idea of a video game talk-radio show, and quickly found a weekly spot for it on Friday nights. One month after The Arcade was conceived in the office of a baseball team, it went live for the first time at 7:00pm on Friday, February 10, 2006 on 92.9 KICK FM.
Though it had a strong debut, the on-air chemistry of the show was lacking in its first few weeks, and it wasn’t found until Dennis joined the show in April 2006 that it really hit it’s stride. Even then, however, it was clear that Mike “The Legend” and Dennis were a little rough around the edges, and only after doing the show for a few years did they master their craft. This is a phenomenon they’ve referred to on-air as “Conan O’Brien syndrome”.
Though The Arcade was originally conceived as a talk-radio format, it’s occasionally risen beyond those constraints and ventured into more traditional broadcast areas by doing many music-centric episodes through the years. A number of these have been dedicated video game music, while some are seasonal based (ex: Halloween, Christmas), and others are just an excuse for Mike “The Legend” and Dennis to share the music that they enjoy, but feel is criminally underplayed on conventional radio (ex: Frank Zappa).
Whether if they’re talking about the latest video game news or introducing the next song, Mike “The Legend” and Dennis look to bring fun and their senses of humor to each new episode of The Arcade, and plan to do so for many years to come.