Michael Catherwood

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Psycho Mike
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Birth name Michael Dwight Catherwood
Born (1979-03-15) March 15, 1979 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Show Loveline
Station(s) KROQ
Style Music/Talk
Country United States

Michael Dwight Catherwood (born 15 March 1979), known by his radio name Psycho Mike, is an American radio personality. He is known primarily for his work at KROQ-FM on Kevin and Bean and most recently as the co-host of Loveline.[1]

Early life[edit]

Catherwood was born in Los Angeles to an Irish-American father (Dwight) and Mexican-American mother (Rachel). He has revealed very little about his childhood other than he grew up in the LA area around San Marino. He has only one sibling, a sister (Tracy) who has three children (Raquel, Samantha, and Mark). His teenage years were the start of his problems with substance abuse, as he began drinking at an early age. When he was older, traveled across the US to New Jersey where he attended Rutgers University but was unable to complete his first year due to his problems with substance abuse, including crack cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamine and alcohol, as well as abuse of anabolic steroids. He initially sought treatment in Minnesota at the Hazelden Foundation, but was unable to complete the program. He later moved back to LA to start a career in music with a heavy metal band, but his drug use continued to be a problem. Eventually he went for treatment at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena where he met with greater success. During this time in his recovery, he started a career in radio and personal training. He has been sober from drugs and alcohol since 2002.

He describes himself as a Catholic, having been raised as one and also attending mass on a somewhat regular basis in Santa Monica. However, he openly admits he does not adhere to or agree with many of the Church's official stances, particularly those related to sexuality and sexual orientation.

Radio[edit]

Kevin & Bean Show[edit]

Catherwood was the assistant producer for the Kevin and Bean show, and frequently stars in man-on-the-street segments as well as parodies of most commercial songs which generally involve crude themes. Catherwood is also an amateur body builder and a certified personal trainer and has appeared in several segments educating listeners about exercise and nutrition.

He is known for performing many vocal impersonations, including Gene Simmons, Kevin Federline, Spencer Pratt, Manny Ramirez, Lamar Odom, Antonio Villaraigosa, Tom DeLonge, Adam Carolla, and Anthony Kiedis, as well as a character of his own invention named "Rudy," a stereotypical heavy-accented cholo ex-con with a penchant for marijuana and manscaping.[2][3] Another character he made up was "Sven," a Nordic Viking of the disco.

In June 2007, he created a KROQ sensation, a parody of the Plain White T's song "Hey There Delilah" called "Hey There Vagina." The song was the most requested song on the station for a week until station lawyers quashed it, claiming it was "indecent."[4] The station also pulled its own link to the song.[5]

Loveline[edit]

On March 21, 2010, he was permanently hired as the co-host of the national call-in radio show Loveline, with physician host Dr. Drew Pinsky. Catherwood frequently draws on his own past experience as a drug addict[6] to educate and confront callers on the subject of substance abuse.[7]

Television[edit]

Live with Regis and Kelly

Dancing With The Stars

  • On February 28, 2011, during a segment of The Bachelor, Dancing With The Stars announced its upcoming contestants, and Mike Catherwood was introduced to join the cast debuting on March 21, 2011.[8] He was partnered with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer. Catherwood admitted while he is an athlete, he had no dance experience and no “grace.” His Loveline cohost, Dr. Drew, was highly supportive of his competition, appearing each night in the audience with his wife and children,[9][10] and making appeals for fans of the show to vote. At one point, Pinsky facetiously said he would run across the stage and forearm-tackle Len Goodman (in a manner similar to Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman) if he gave Catherwood a bad score.[11]

On March 29, 2011 he became the first contestant of the 12th season to be eliminated, followed by talk show host Wendy Williams.

The Bad Girls Club (Season 6)

  • Catherwood appeared on Episode 7 of Season 6 where the girls appeared as guests on the radio show, "Loveline."[12]

American Chopper Live "The Build Off"

In 2012, he participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Mike Catherwood married Rules of Engagement star Bianca Kajlich on December 16, 2012. On September 30th, 2013, Catherwood announced on Loveline that they are expecting their first child, who was born in early April 2014..

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radio Ink Magazine". Radioink.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Mike Catherwood Biography". InBaseline. 1979-03-15. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Psycho Mike". TMZ.com. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vagina Travesty - Radio Lawyers Censor Song". TMZ.com. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  5. ^ "i heart kiiki: "Hey There Vagina" premieres on iheartkiiki. KROQ Kevin & Bean are geniuses". Iheartkiiki.blogspot.com. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  6. ^ Loveline, 2010-08-02
  7. ^ "Mike Catherwood to Co-Host Syndicated Radio Show with Dr. Drew Pinsky - Radio Syndication Talk". Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Who Is Mike Catherwood And Why Is He Dancing With The Stars?". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Week 1, Part 2 Full Episode -Dancing With The Stars -ABC". Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Week 2, Part 2 Full Episode -Dancing With The Stars -ABC". Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  11. ^ programhighlights?date=20110324 "Loveline -March 24, 2011". Westwood One. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Bad Girls Club (season 6) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  13. ^ "And the Chopper Live Host it...". dsc.discovery.com. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  14. ^ Hibberd, James (May 8, 2012). "Fox's 'The Choice' cast revealed! Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, The Situation, many more -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
Preceded by
Stryker
Co-host of Loveline
2010-present
Succeeded by
incumbent