"Life to the Max” is a show that highlights stories of perseverance, tenacity and winning attitudes. It is more than just a sports show; it’s a program about those who look at the glass as half-full.
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Mike Max is a well-known broadcast personality on WCCO television and radio, anchoring weekend sports and hosting a sports radio show. He’s also been associated with Lifetouch Media Productions for the past 25 years.
As a producer and on-air talent, Mike is the catalyst behind “Life to the Max,” with his quick wit and pulse on the region’s sports – ranging from Little League to the majors.
Growing up south of the Twin Cities in Gaylord, Minnesota, Mike played football, basketball, and baseball. He furthered his skills on the baseball diamond and on the basketball court while attending Hamline University.
Mike’s unique personality adds to the positive outlook of “Life to the Max,” where he specializes in human interest stories. His Rolodex is filled with thousands of names including sports legends and other household names.
In addition to hosting “Life to the Max,” Mike is the weekend sports anchor and sports reporter for WCCO TV channel 4, and hosts “The Sports Show” on WCCO Radio.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys working out, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Brian Dellis, director of “Life to the Max,” is the Director of Media at Lifetouch Inc. Brian has been with Lifetouch for more than 25 years and has directed and produced hundreds of commercial and corporate video productions.
His television credits include directing the “Out N About with R.J. Fritz” show from 1998 to 2008 (195 episodes), directing “Fishing the Midwest with Bob Jensen” from 1995 to present (over 225 episodes), and serving as both director and co-creator of the “Life to the Max” show. Brian and Mike Max have worked together for much of the past 25 years on shows such as “Prep Sports Weekly” and “The Minnesota Vikings Report.”
Brian has worked with dozens of schools, universities, and institutions throughout the United States to produce recruitment videos and cover major events such as speeches by visiting dignitaries.
Brian was involved with creating feature documentary films “Trekkies” and “Trekkies 2.” He has received several national awards for his work in video and television.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications.
Liz Collin is a member of the WCCO-TV news team, working as a weekend anchor and reporter. Her career in broadcasting started at a radio station in her hometown of Worthington, Minnesota.
Since those radio dates, she’s held positions at several TV stations across the country. In her time at WCCO, her work has been featured on the CBS Evening News and the Early Show on CBS.
Liz has investigated stories that have led to new laws in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. She’s received regional and national journalism awards. While she enjoyed investigative work, she says Life to the Max lets her tell stories that sometimes don’t get the chance to be told on local news.
In her spare time, Liz loves fishing with her dad, reading, and spending time with family.
Bill has been in the business of Television and Media Production more than 25 years.
He graduated from Moorhead State University in 1986 and spent his first three years in the television news business at KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife Kathy then moved back to the Midwest and Bill spent the next 12 years working as a Sports Photographer at the CBS affiliate here in Minneapolis, WCCO-TV. From there, Bill made the transition over to Lifetouch in 2001.
His expertise in sports shooting and meeting daily deadlines has proven very valuable to all of Lifetouch’s production needs. In his free time Bill enjoys his hobbies – playing pool, shooting still photography, working with photo editing on the computer, and sailing his boat in the summer.
Bill says working on the “Life to the Max” show helps keep him energized and creative. “It’s great to do a show about positive people and their inspirational stories!”
Don received his BS in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in television production, in 1990 from St. Cloud State University.
Over the next eight years, Don worked at a production company in St. Cloud and then as a freelance video producer, where he worked on several features including Fargo, Beautiful Girls, and Jingle all the Way. For ten years he covered over 60 music events videotaping interviews of the world’s top recording artists. In 1997, Don came on board with Lifetouch as a video producer, where he has produced segments for the Lifetouch produced TV shows Fishing the Midwest, Out ‘N About with RJ Fritz, and now Life to the Max.
Don’s deep interest in people and sensitivity to his art has made him one of Lifetouch favorite producers for their numerous Memory Missions ™, Lifetouch employee volunteer projects throughout the world: Kosovo, Jamaica, Appalachia, Tennessee, New Orleans and Haiti. He has received numerous Telly Awards and other accolades for these and other productions, including Life to the Max’s own “Tribute to the Troops”, a 2008 Telly Award Bronze winner.