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Mike Raita

Mike is an EMMY award winning sportscaster and a 1981 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Mike got his start in broadcasting in 1981 with CNN, but his career as a sportscaster started in 1982 in Knoxville. Since then, in addition to Birmingham, Mike has worked in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.

Away from the office, when not at the ballpark, Mike enjoys working around his home. In fact he enjoys yard work so much that if he wasn't working in television, he says he'd like to have his own landscaping business.

The Associated Press has named Mike the State Of Alabama's "Best Sportscaster" on several occasions and the AP has also recognized his feature reporting. Mike has won the Southern League's "Broadcaster Of The Year" award twice.

You can catch Mike and his entertaining sportscast on deck Monday through Friday during the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 news on ABC 33/40.

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    Benefit concert to assist and celebrate rehab of injured Gadsden officer

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:06:29 GMT
    An Etowah County drug investigator who suffered a severe brain injury last month began taking steps in rehab this week.A truck collided with Gary Pierce as he rode his motorcycle while off duty March 15. He spent four week in intensive care at UAB before a transfer to Spain Rehabilitation Center.Pierce walked more than 250 feet Wednesday with the assistance of a walker. His commander at the Etowah County Drug Task Force, Rob Savage, said Pierce shows signs of improvement every day."He's talki...More >>
    An Etowah County drug investigator who suffered a severe brain injury last month began taking steps in rehab this week.A truck collided with Gary Pierce as he rode his motorcycle while off duty March 15. He spent four week in intensive care at UAB before a transfer to Spain Rehabilitation Center.Pierce walked more than 250 feet Wednesday with the assistance of a walker. His commander at the Etowah County Drug Task Force, Rob Savage, said Pierce shows signs of improvement every day."He's talki...More >>
  • Birmingham leaders criticize teen "wet" and "twerk" parties

    Birmingham leaders criticize teen "wet" and "twerk" parties

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:54:00 GMT
    Recent parties asking teens to "freak," "twerk" and "get wet" are raising safety concerns among Birmingham City leaders.Some of the parties have been held at the Continental Ballroom and other venues for quite some time. Earlier this month, a shooting at the Continental Ballroom resulted in one teenager's injuries. City leaders, consequently, revoked the owner and party promoter's business licenses for that incident and prior complaints.But other upcoming teen parties are planned. They all ch...More >>
    Recent parties asking teens to "freak," "twerk" and "get wet" are raising safety concerns among Birmingham City leaders.Some of the parties have been held at the Continental Ballroom and other venues for quite some time. Earlier this month, a shooting at the Continental Ballroom resulted in one teenager's injuries. City leaders, consequently, revoked the owner and party promoter's business licenses for that incident and prior complaints.But other upcoming teen parties are planned. They all ch...More >>
  • Housing director: pipe replacement complete in Marks Village

    Housing director: pipe replacement complete in Marks Village

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:45:19 GMT
    All piping inside the Mark Village Housing Development in Gate City has been replaced, according to Naomi Truman, executive director of the Housing Authority--Birmingham District. Truman told ABC 33/40More >>
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  • Birmingham man becomes third suspect arrested in Inglenook triple shooting investigation

    Birmingham man becomes third suspect arrested in Inglenook triple shooting investigation

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:44:18 GMT
    Three suspects charged in connection with a triple shooting in the Inglenook community of Birmingham. (abc3340.com)Three suspects charged in connection with a triple shooting in the Inglenook community of Birmingham. (abc3340.com)
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham police have arrested a third suspect in connection an investigation into a triple shooting in the Inglenook community.Cedric Willis, 28, of Birmingham, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault for his alleged role in a shooting on Apr. 16 that injured three people. Prior to Willis' arrest, investigators charged two other men -- 22-year-old Tradarryl Boykins and 24-year-old Leroy DeBruce -- in connection with the incid...More >>
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham police have arrested a third suspect in connection an investigation into a triple shooting in the Inglenook community.Cedric Willis, 28, of Birmingham, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault for his alleged role in a shooting on Apr. 16 that injured three people. Prior to Willis' arrest, investigators charged two other men -- 22-year-old Tradarryl Boykins and 24-year-old Leroy DeBruce -- in connection with the incid...More >>
  • Skills USA Conference in Birmingham this week

    Skills USA Conference in Birmingham this week

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:22:57 GMT
    Students are showing off their skills at the BJCC, in various competitions including carpentry, cosmetology, electrical technology and video production.More >>
    Students are showing off their skills at the BJCC, in various competitions including carpentry, cosmetology, electrical technology and video production.
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  • Blount County DA cracking down on degrading social media accounts

    Blount County DA cracking down on degrading social media accounts

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:19:32 GMT
    Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is on a mission to shut down several Instagram accounts degrading young women throughout the county. The accounts with names such as "WHORESOFBLOUNTCOUNTY" and "SLUTSOFSUSANMORE" show pictures of teenagers with degrading comments underneath. Casey said the pictures are used without the girls' permission. One site has been taken down, and Casey has asked the social media website to remove them all.More >>
    Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is on a mission to shut down several Instagram accounts degrading young women throughout the county. The accounts with names such as "WHORESOFBLOUNTCOUNTY" and "SLUTSOFSUSANMORE" show pictures of teenagers with degrading comments underneath. Casey said the pictures are used without the girls' permission. One site has been taken down, and Casey has asked the social media website to remove them all.More >>
  • NWS Birmingham: Temporary antenna installed for NOAA weather radio alerts

    NWS Birmingham: Temporary antenna installed for NOAA weather radio alerts

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:49:35 GMT
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham has installed a temporary antenna atop Red Mountain, allowing the NOAA weather radio to broadcast on a limited basis ahead of the threat of severe weather next week.More >>
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham has installed a temporary antenna atop Red Mountain, allowing the NOAA weather radio to broadcast on a limited basis ahead of the threat of severe weather next week.More >>
  • UPS files motion for partial summary judgement in lawsuit over Birmingham plane crash

    UPS files motion for partial summary judgement in lawsuit over Birmingham plane crash

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:43:17 GMT
    Attorneys for UPS filed a motion for partial summary judgement in a lawsuit over the August 2013 plane crash in Birmingham, Ala. Attorneys for UPS filed a motion for partial summary judgement in a lawsuit over the August 2013 plane crash in Birmingham, Ala.
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. -- The United Parcel Service Co. or UPS has filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit Court requesting a partial summary judgement in the civil lawsuit over the plane crash in Birmingham last year.More >>
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. -- The United Parcel Service Co. or UPS has filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit Court requesting a partial summary judgement in the civil lawsuit over the plane crash in Birmingham last year.More >>