Who the @*&$ are Bax & O’Brien? Mike Baxendale and John O’Brien have been the hosts of the insanely popular Bax & O’Brien Show on WAQY/Rock102 in Springfield, Massachusetts since 1995. The Bax & O’Brien Show is the most beloved radio show throughout Western Massachusetts, much of Connecticut, and Southern Vermont. Pull out a map! That covers a lot of ground.
Bax & O’Brien have also staked a national reputation as well. Since 2008, the Bax & O’Brien Show has been ongoing members of “The Talkers 250” by Talkers Magazine. This is an annual list of “The most important Talk Radio shows in the country”. We’re not sure if this is a reflection of the flimsy state of Talk Radio or if we’re really that good.
The Bax & O’Brien Show has been nominated by Radio & Records Magazine for Industry Achievement Awards on four separate occasions. Bax & O’Brien, along with producer Steve Nagle, have also received recognition for their tireless charitable work by the city of Springfield as well as both houses of the Massachusetts State Legislature. (That’s a fine use of their time.)
Bax & O’Brien have interviewed hundreds of celebrities including: Senator Scott Brown, Gov. Deval Patrick, Bill Cosby, Roger Waters, Jon Stewart, Bob Uecker, Larry David, Ron Howard, Tommy Heinsohn, Norm McDonald, Al Franken, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Wayne Gretzky, Sam Donaldson, Mitch Ryder, Grace Slick, Bob Saget, Todd Bridges, Frank Caliendo, Chris Berman, Rita Rudner, Ray Manzarek, Buzz Aldren, John Havlichek, Kevin Nealon, Alice Cooper, Darrell Hammond, Bob Costas, Phil Donahue, Buddy Hackett, Jeff Foxworthy, Steven van Zant, Larry the Cable Guy, Terry Francona, Richard Simmons, Peter Frampton, Bill Engvall, Mo Vaughn, Jeff Ross, Heidi Fliess, Robert Loggia, Andy Kindler, Jim Rice, Dennis DeYoung, Rico Petrocelli, Henry Rollins, Jeff Cesario, Tom Sholtz of Boston, Mitt Romney, Tracy Morgan, David Lee Roth, Craig Shoemaker, Senator Ted Kennedy, Jonathan Papelbon, Richard Jeni, Sammy Hagar, Tim Conway, Hulk Hogan, Chris Titus, Bill Lee, Senator John Kerry, George Thorogood, Ed McMahon, Jim Bouton, Ron White, Don Rickles, Robert Klein, Paul Rogers, Angus Young, Robbie Kriger, Jackie Mason, Howie Long, Tony Danza,Pablo Francisco, Dick Smothers, Todd Rundgren, George Lopez, The Rock, Jerry Springer, Bobby Slaton, Dave Chappell, Nancy Wilson, Harry Shearer, Mick Foley, Dave Thomas, Bill Walton, Dan Castellanetta, Jim Breuer, Ed Begley Jr., Oscar Robertson, Jim Gaffigan, Randy Bachman, Bob Marley, Dick Vitale, Dr. Joyce Bothers, Damon Wayans, Greg Gumble, Jay Morh, Johnny Van Zant, Howie Mandel, Robert Parish, Pierre Salinger, Kevin Cronin, Sinbad, Morton Dean, Kevin McHale, Red Buttons, Rich Robinson, Judy Tanuta, Vince McMahon, Nancy Sinatra, Topher Grace, Jerry Lucas, Dom Irrera, Peter Gabriel, John Valby, June Lockhart, Kenny Loggins, John Cheney, Marion Ross, Joe Rogan, Bob Seger, Michael Lohan, Dave Attell, John Calipari, Frank Sinatra Jr., Penn Gillette, David Cassidy, John Oates, Dane Cook, Carl Beene, Tom Sizemore, Chuck Negron, Burt Bacharach, Lewis Black, George Gervin, Art Linkletter, Bill Bradley, Greg Giraldo, Henry Rollins, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Craig Kilbourn, Cheryl Miller, Tommy Davidson, Butch Trucks, Joe Garagiola, David Brenner, Davy Jones, Ray Nitchke, Terry Gilliam, Natalie Gulbis, Brian Regan, Tiny Tim, Lenny Clark, Daneil Briere, Eric Idle, Lisa Lampanelli, Tom Johnston, Leonard Maltin, Wayne Embree, Marilyn Chambers, Mark Cuban, Vance Degeneres, Julius Erving, Paul Anka, Don Ho, Linda Blair, Pat Summit, Steve Allen, Bob Cousy, Bob Zany, Ileana Douglas, Dr. Michael Baden, Jack Arute, Neil Sedaka, Bob Guccione, Hennie Youngman, Jim Nance, Rebecca Lobo, Tonya Roberts, Barry Williams, Alex Borstien, Bobby Vinton, Joyce Dewitt, Rick Wakeman, Domenique Moceanu, Evil Knieval, Mark Chmura, Roger Glover, Tim Daggett, Steve Shirripa, Randy Cross, Captain Kangaroo, Kevin Meany, Lindsey Buckingham, Robert Schimmel, Robert Palmer, Jill Clayburgh, Morgan Spurlock, John Pinette, Don McLean, Christine McVie, Jeff Probst, and many, many more!