Mark lives in Middletown, along with Mortimer Q. Mallard, his adopted duck. He is involved with helping many people and organizations and is a bit of a clean freak. Mark is no stranger to Orange County, first moving here in 1982 to work at WALL Radio.
Here is how he recollects it…
“I think I was about was 9 or 10 when my fascination with radio began ..
I could never wrap my head around how I could hear the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville on a Zenith Royal 500 transistor radio under my pillow in New Jersey.
I think I first got the itch to see inside a radio station when I heard Dan Ingram on WABC…
The DJ’s always seemed to be having fun, and the music never ended,
and I wondered how it all happened.
The thought of working in radio as a profession came years later. In high school I was the DJ on the Public address system before classes every morning and volunteered at WFDR 640 am at Fairleigh Dickinson University Rutherford New Jersey campus doing a psychedelic rock program and as a newscaster.
Later I did some overnight duties at WWDJ in Hackensack before I found work in Ithaca at WTKO.
Traveling between Upstate New York and New Jersey in the early 1980’s I first heard WALL Radio and within 6 months I was doing evenings on the great 1340.
I spent some time at WPDH, WSPK, WHVW, WFMV and back at the Armory for several years at WALL FM (WKGL) 92 Rock 7 and by the early 1990 became the program director for new WZAD. WDLC and WTBQ and WNNJ kept me busy through mid 1990’s and a change of career came in late 1998 until 2006 when I worked at WCBS-TV in New York as a cameraman for the 5, 6 and 11pm channel 2 news.
After cutbacks in Television, I returned to radio in the Harrisburg Pennsylvania area at WQLV-FM doing the morning program and news and in 2011 the return of oldies at WALL Radio allowed me form a deal with Cumulus Media to lease the Morning program which I did between 2011 and May of 2015 when WALL’s format changed to Spanish and now after the purchase of 1340 WALL by Bud & Juli of Neversink Media Group, I’m back home …At WALL in Orange County at the place where it started 34 years ago.”