John Michael Vincent: Indy Sports Personality

John Michael Vincent, or “JMV” as he’s more commonly known, is an Indianapolis media personality who hosts a drive-time sports talk radio program on WFNI 1070 The Fan.

Vincent has deep ties to the state of Indiana, and was born and raised in Owensburg, a small town about 20 miles southwest of Bloomington, Indiana.  He graduated from Eastern Greene High School, and after spending a few years at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana, Vincent graduated from Indiana State University, located in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Upon completing school in 1993, JMV began his radio career at WINN in Columbus, Indiana.  After two years, he moved to B97 in Bloomington, where he worked as a night disc jockey for five years.

His career took a major step forward when he was asked to join the staff at WNDE-AM 1260 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He spent another five years filling numerous roles with the station and mentoring under the nationally syndicated radio personality Mark Patrick, then the host of Mark Patrick On Sports, which was broadcast out of the WNDE studios.  In 2004, Patrick left for XM Radio to co-host “Baseball This Morning,” and Vincent was hired to replace him.

Over the next couple of years, JMV, thanks to his homespun humor and knowledge of all things local, climbed to the top of the ratings in the Indy market, a spot he held until 1070 hired Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz and former P.R. man Eddie White to challenge Vincent’s show “The Drive.”  He also held television duties with WTHR Channel 13 and WXIB Fox 59 as a weekend personality.  In November of 2009, just as the Indianapolis Colts were in the middle of a near undefeated season, Vincent resigned from 1260, citing personal reasons.  He was replaced by his former mentor Patrick, and Indy residents were left without the voice of JMV for six long months.

In May of 2010, Vincent resurfaced on the scene, this time at 1070 The Fan, taking the time slot of the recently disbanded Kravitz and Eddie show.  One of the main reasons behind the move was 1070’s much larger broadcast signal, which reaches all of central Indiana and beyond.  Vincent currently lives in Bargersville, Indiana with his wife and two kids and despite his busy schedule, still manages to play basketball five times a week.

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