Most people know him as John Michael Vincent or “JMV,” the drive-time sports talk media personality on WFNI 1070 The Fan. But his 1993 diploma from Indiana State University’s College of Arts and Sciences bears his actual moniker — John Gliva.
“Not many know my real name,” he said with a laugh. “The John Michael Vincent was sort of a joke when I first started out in radio. An anchor on a sports talk show started calling me that as a take-off on Jan Michael Vincent, who was a popular actor at that time.”
Regardless, JMV has a dedicated following. His show is described as “major market sports talk with small town common sense.” Born in the little Indiana town of Owensburg, JMV has always been interested in sports and in radio. As a youngster, his ambition was to be a disc jockey. But he found his calling at Indiana State University’s WISU, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“I love ISU. Every day there was fun for me,” JMV said. “I played a lot of hoops there and practiced my craft. I wouldn’t change those days for anything.”
After college, JMV spent two years at WINN in Columbus, then moved to B97 in Bloomington for five years. He and his wife, Christy Gliva, a ’94 Indiana State grad and assistant principal at Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary School, live in Indianapolis with their 4-year-old daughter, Lainey, and 8-year-old son, Blake.
Being able to earn a living doing what he loves has made him a very happy man, JMV says.
“I try to connect with my audience. Sometimes we talk about sports. Sometimes we talk about life,” he said. “It’s not all one or the other, and we don’t always agree. Some people say ‘JMV sucks.’ I encourage it. That works for me.”
A dedicated hoopster, JMV says hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t play basketball. “I don’t know how to exercise any other way. I hold it near and dear to my heart,” he said.
He also has the honor of beating Celtics Coach Brad Stevens in a game of horse. “The game came down to just Brad and me,” JMV recalled chuckling. “And Brad got beat.”