Mike was a huge fan of a band called Spirit back in the day. So you can imagine the thrill when he was able to play a few songs live with the guitarist Randy California at a venue in Chicago.
The legendary Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman joins Mike to talk about his Hall of Fame career, his time in the TV booth and what his life may look like after he hangs up the mic.
The long-time voice of the Dallas Cowboys Brad Sham joins the show talking about his early days in broadcasting, juggling multiple broadcast partners (and sports) over the years, and dealing with one particular owner in the market.
Pablo Escobar wanted hippos. So... Pablo Escobar got hippos. He dies. The hippos remain. And now they are a problem. Mike's all over it in today's episode.
The Oakland A's are always the topic of conversation when it comes to baseball franchises moving on to greener pastures. But this time, there is a different vibe to it. That is what's on Mike's mind today.
Former city reporter Robert Wilonsky joins the show talking about his new gig with Heritage Auctions and how telling good stories will always be a the core of what he does and what he enjoys.
The 2021 Texas Rangers season is all about the re-build. But is there perhaps a glimmer of hope on the field right now? Mike has some thoughts.
Dallas radio lost its voice this week when Ron Chapman passed on to the next plane. No one in local radio knew him more than Steve Eberhart. Steve joins Rhyner in this week's show to discuss what made Chapman so special and how he built his radio legacy.
In this week's edition of "What's On Mike's Mind" The Old Grey Wolf is talking dinosaur bones. But not just the partial remains or the re-creations you typically see in a museum. No, this one is the real deal.
Rangers team reporter (and "Mom Game" co-host) Emily Jones joins Mike to talk a little Rangers baseball, being comfortable in the clubhouse and what it is like when a player gets traded.
The Temple is no more. Long live The Temple. Mike has been out to the new Stadium for the Texas Rangers. And as you can imagine, he has a few thoughts.
The Old Grey Wolf is talking about... Gray Wolves. California wolves specifically and if the return of the wolf population in that state will lead to protection or extermination.
The long-time guitarist for Steely Dan sits down with Mike to talk about auditioning for the band, hearing them for the first time and answering the question if they will ever tour again.
He's one of the more famous pumas in LA - known as "P22" he's been living in Griffith Park for years. And in that time, Mike has been monitoring his progress. Today, he has an update.
A legend in Dallas radio has passed on to the next plane. Bud Buschardt touched many lives including a young Mike Rhyner. Mike pays his respects in today's What's On Mike's Mind edition of Your Dark Companion.
Mike sits down with the host of "Think" on Dallas public radio Krys Boyd. They talk about finding your own voice, discussing topics outside your comfort zone and lamenting the state of talk radio.
At the proverbial half-way point of the NBA season, one team has surprised many and crashed the party: the Utah Jazz. This Jazz team reminds Mike of another Jazz team that he followed when he was just starting out in the radio biz.
59 years ago, Wilt Chamberlain amazed everyone by scoring 100 points in a game. But that's only part of the story. Where the game was played, how many people were there, who got to see it and the state of the NBA are all fascinating aspects of that momentous night. Mike talks with author Gary Pomerantz about those circumstances and if we will ever see anything like that again.
Darren O'Day was a waiver-wire pick up for the Rangers in 2009. He wasn't supposed to pitch the day the Rangers signed him, but the fates intervened. And what transpired was one of the more unusual debuts Mike has ever seen in baseball.
Spring Training is underway and that means the 2021 Texas Ranger season is right around the corner. This year's team will look pretty different, and that includes a new General Manager as former Rangers pitcher Chris Young takes over the role. So, what are his plans, and how will he leave his stamp on this team? Mike finds out in this episode.