Mark was born in Terrace Bay, Ontario, on the
shores of Lake Superior, in 1954. When he was
twelve, his family moved to Renfrew and, after
graduating from Renfrew Collegiate, he enrolled
in a two-year radio and television broadcasting
program at Canadore College in North Bay.
In his second, and final, year there, he was
offered his first job in radio at CKOB in Renfrew.
Seeking to grow his career and move on to a
larger market, Mark sent audition tapes out
across the country and accepted an offer at CJON
Radio & Television in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
During his tenure in Newfoundland, Mark was
transferred to CJON’s sister station in Grand
Falls, and it was there that he met Wayne Rostad
who had been hired to change this radio station’s
pop music format to country music.
Under Wayne’s tutelage, Mark fell in love with
country music and, with a word from Wayne to his
long-time friend and colleague, Ted Daigle, was
hired by CKBY in Ottawa. For the past 27 years,
country music lovers have been waking up to the
same voice every morning!
Mark is known for his big heart, which led him
and a group of close friends to form the “Y101
Boot Scooters”, a fundraising team that, over the
last 20 years, has raised thousands of dollars,
primarily for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Eastern Ontario. Mark and his wife, Bev, have two
sons, Scott and Stephen.
Most recently Mark was awardded the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee Award for his work in the
Welcome to Light Up The Night Mark!