Mike Larkan began his career as a clerk in the sporting section of the Sydney Sun in 1976, working for the then editor Derryn Hinch. About the same time, he enjoyed small acting roles in TV soapies and commercials and played guitar in a rock band. After completing part-time radio/TV studies, Mike moved into country radio as a disc jockey.
After 2 years backpacking across Europe, North Africa and the United States, Mike joined Channel 7, then Channel 10, in Canberra writing and reporting for the evening news and reading news updates, before becoming the station's weatherman. He also co-hosted the breakfast radio show on 2CA.
In 1996 Mike was lured from Canberra to Melbourne to present his unique outdoor weather segments. One night he may be bayside, the next in the city often presenting his segment with visiting overseas artists. He has also hosted weekend radio shows on 3MP and has been a regular on 3AW.
Mike has been selected to be an Australia Day Ambassador, Melbourne Zoo Ambassador, Variety Club Ambassador and is a supporter of dozens of charities. He regularly hosts corporate dinners, award nights, charity functions, carols by candlelight and presents motivational talks to students around Melbourne. He is a partner in an Australian greeting card company. Koala Cards and gift bags are in thousands of stores throughout the country and overseas. His Australian produced and printed cards are even exported to China.
Mike, whose family originally came from Melbourne, lives Bayside with his wife Kathy. They have two children, Grace and Adam.