The Pitch Questionnaire with Kansas City Live co-host Michael Mackie



Name: Michael Mackie

Occupation: Co-host of Kansas City Live on KSHB Channel 41

Hometown: Des Moines(aka City of Intrigue)

Current Neighborhood: JoCo

Who or what is your sidekick: KMBZ’s Dana Wright is my best gal pal. She’s never wrong, often crass and always has good hair. What more could you possibly want in a BFF? Oh, and she drinks and swears like a sailor, too. She’s my idol.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Before I got this sweet gig, I traveled a lot for my previous job. I always thought being a flight attendant would be a cool career — but only if I got the plum assignments like Paris, London and Rome. I’d really rather not fly to Poughkeepsie three times a week.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? I went to Orange Box for lunch and Café Trio near the Plaza for dinner. I’m at Trio at least once a week. I should demand my own booth. And a drink named after me.

Where do you drink? I’ll drink pretty much wherever. I’m not picky as long as someone else is buying. Which reminds me ... I’m nearly out of La Crema chardonnay, people.

What’s your favorite charity? SAVE Inc. is a small local charity in midtown. They help house socially and medically disadvantaged people to improve their health and lead stable lives with personal dignity. I’ve been on the board for several years, and it’s awe-inspiring what this organization does to enrich and empower the lives of 700-plus clients.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Well, given that I haven’t bought a drink for myself since before the Clinton administration, I’ll say online shopping.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? I went to the Jones Pool once. Once.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Funny thing is, they usually tell me where they want to go. It’s refreshing, given that people often tell me exactly where I can go.

Other than Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... They installed that curfew on the Plaza. Lord knows, I don’t want to be the victim of a drive-by when I’m wolfing down a second piece of Oreo Cheesecake on the patio at the Cheesecake Factory.

Kansas City screwed up when ... They outlawed foie gras. Oh, wait — that was California. Never mind.

Kansas City needs ... Direct flights to Palm Springs — pronto.

People might be surprised to know that I ... Nearly keeled over dead from a stroke two years ago. By the grace of God, I’ve recovered nicely with no lingering effects.

In five years I’ll ... Still be hosting Kansas City Live with my oh-so adoresy co-host, Michelle Davidson. And I’ll still be telling people I’m way, WAY younger than she is.

What TV shows do you watch? I never miss The Walking Dead, which oddly is my 80-year-old mom’s fave show, too. And I just discovered Restaurant: Impossible.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes. The B-52s. I have at least three B’s songs in every playlist I’ve created. Tin roof rusted, indeed!

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Pick an art fair, any art fair — Plaza, Brookside, Westport — and I’m there.

Celebrity you’d ride the Mamba with: Kim Zolciak from Real Housewives of Atlanta. I’m curious to see how long that wig would stay on her head.

Favorite thing to follow on Twitter: Without a doubt, it’s @OMGFactsCelebs. Did you know that Ben Stiller brings his own plastic-sealed bagels to restaurants and asks the staff to toast them? I did!

Person or thing you find irritating: That my spray tan doesn’t last longer.

Last book you read: Drop Dead Healthy [by A.J. Jacobs], about the guy who tried every diet and workout regimen known to man. Priceless. He’s my idol.

Favorite day trip: Once I flew to Berlin for the weekend. Does that count?

Most embarrassing dating moment: I’m getting set up on an upcoming blind date. First time ever. Let me get back to you on this question.

What do you do on your day off? When I’m not a co-host, I’m a fitness instructor on the side. I’m also a celebrity blogger. And an acting coach. I never have a day off. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

Interesting brush with the law: I’ve been pulled over for speeding seven times ... and only gotten one ticket. Uh, but never in Kansas or Missouri.

Recent triumph: I had to keep my new Kansas City Live co-hosting gig a secret for nearly two weeks until it was announced. That nearly caused me to have ANOTHER stroke.

Watch Kansas City Live at 10 a.m. weekdays on KSHB Channel 41.

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