MIKE HOHLER loves producing the "Fitz and Brooks Show" and dealing with the KNBR co-stars Bob Fitzgerald and Rod Brooks.

But make no mistake about it: The man behind the glass is very much looking forward to not seeing them Thursday.

Feb.28 is circled on Hohler's calendar because it's the day the Giants will make their spring radio debut at 11:50 a.m. when they take on the Cubs.

"I wish the Giants had a schedule like the Cubs," admitted Hohler, who produces the club's daytime games from the station's Hawthorne Street address. "And, of course, Rod and Bob love it because it gives them a day off."

On the eve of the season, the 30-year-old Hohler, who also co-produces the "Gary Radnich Show," discussed the path from his Carmel Valley youth to the KNBR studio.

On landing a job at KNBR: "I went to broadcasting school in Baltimore and worked for the Ravens' flagship station (WJFK). My wife and I decided we wanted to come back to California, and KNBR was one of the few who responded to my resume. I jumped on that. My anniversary date is an easy one to remember: Sept.11, 2002."

On being a live participant on shows: "I remember my first day with Gary. I was scared to death he was going to ask me something about Jay-Z or Beyonce. But Gary is so great, I can mention something, and he can turn it into an entire segment."

On the boss of the shows: "That would be me. They (the hosts) won't like reading that, but I have the power to turn their microphones off. I have the power to go to break.


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I have the power not to put someone on the air. It's their show, but at the same time, it's my show. They make all the money, but if something goes wrong, it falls on me."

On doing Giants day games: "R.C. Davis (the previous daytime producer) hated it. I love it. To be involved in the technical side of the broadcast, it's like a dream come true."

On technical difficulties: "All of a sudden, tens of thousands of people are not hearing the game, and we don't realize it because we're hearing it fine. We have to be quick on our toes. The Giants are our No.1 product; there's no room for mistakes with them. If there's an issue, we have to get it fixed pronto."