Royer graduated from Clay City High School in 1970. He served in the Indiana and Tennessee National Guards, and earned a bachelor of arts with a dual major in history and psychology at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga. After graduating in 1975 he began his broadcasting career at WTWO in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was honored as "Indiana Broadcaster of the Year" by Alpha Sigma Iota in 1978. A year later he moved to Birmingham to work alongside Tom York and Pat Gray under general manager Nick Bolton at WBRC 6. He was soon joined by legendary newsman Joe Langston.
Royer was a five-time winner of the Associated Press' award for Best Weathercaster in Alabama between 1979 and 1987. In 1990 he was hired away by WVTM general manager Jeff Rosser (and was replaced at Channel 6 by James Spann).
Royer worked with program director Everett Holle to create the Top O' The Morning Show on Channel 13. After 2 1/2 years he was given the anchor's desk for the evening news. He produced a continuing series of "Spirit of Alabama" special reports highlighting individuals, special places, events and traditions across the state. He won two regional Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence.
Royer also works as a motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, and provided play-by-play coverage for Samford Bulldogs baseball and basketball games from 1999 to 2001. He was a founding board member of Camp Smile-A-Mile and has also served on the boards of Birmingham Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the AIDB Foundation supporting the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
- Carlton, Bob (April 28, 2015) "Birmingham newscaster Mike Royer leaving NBC 13 after 40 years on TV." The Birmingham News