Recorded live on Broadway in downtown Columbia, Locked On Mizzou is the only daily Tigers' podcast during the Missouri football and basketball seasons, and our game recaps are always first to market. Plus, our Flashback episodes, mostly run during the offseason, are sure to scratch the nostalgic itch of any true son or daughter. If you want passionate and unique takes on all things Mizzou, this is the podcast for you.
My name is John Miller, the host of Locked On Mizzou. Other than two years in Chicago and a summer in New York City, I’ve lived exclusively in Boone County. I know what Missouri sports fans care about because I am one.
This is a photo of my grandfather, mother, and father circa 1980, in the same Memorial Stadium seats my family occupies for every Mizzou football home game to this day.
My first vivid sports memory is being a confused 7-year-old leaving “The Fifth Down Game”. As an only child living in the country, my childhood revolved around sports. If I wasn’t shooting hoops, I was probably watching “SportsCenter” or outmaneuvering much older people in fantasy sports on an AOL dialup connection.
Eventually, I started thinking about covering sports professionally. In high school, my newspaper teacher, Mrs. Pratt, gave me the columnist position, as well as a liberating amount of creative freedom. I will always be grateful to Mrs. Pratt for taking a chance on me.
Because I was interested in journalism, attending the University of Missouri-Columbia was a natural decision, and I graduated in 2005. At the Columbia Missourian, I was a beat reporter, copy editor, and for one semester, the weekly sports columnist. But while I had a great experience at the Missourian, I never had the creative freedom that I wanted. Frankly, I wanted to write about Mizzou football most weeks (it was the fall semester), but my editors had other ideas.
When winter semester came along, with just a few months until graduation, suddenly, I had a brand-new fascination with the stock market. After a rather brief stint at the Columbia Daily Tribune (which included covering Chase Daniel’s first start) in 2006, I took a shot at a new career. Long story short, I got a job trading on the Chicago Board of Trade floor, and professionally, I never looked back.
My time in Chicago is also when I fell in love with podcasts as a medium. The creative freedom podcasting provides, in terms of content, length, and language, is something I find exhilarating.
While some would now consider me a stock expert, for the majority of my life, I could not have told you the first thing about the stock market. Things change, and life comes at you fast, as the kids like to say. But some things have not changed, and a big part of me is still that kid who loves playing and watching games more than anything on the planet. And I still love expressing my opinions with absolute creative freedom, and Locked On Mizzou lets me do just that.
I currently reside in Columbia with my wife, Melissa, and our dogs, Porter and Baxter.
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