I was born and raised in Great Falls and grew up listening to my dad on KMON AM where he was the morning guy. Dad also had a band that would practice at our house for the jobs they played almost every weekend. So, my exposure to country music was huge. At the State Fair in Great Falls in 1971, dad emceed all of the concerts, and I got to sit in the front row for Anne Murray, Glen Campbell, and the Carpenters. I started on KMON Great Falls shortly after high school then made my way to KYSS-FM in Missoula while I was in college. I worked for KGVO, Missoula, then on to KYSN-FM, East Wenatchee, Washington. I came to Billings in March of 1988 after Citadel Communications bought the 102.9 FM & AM970 signals and Cat Country was launched. I play golf and racquetball, neither very well.
What Does Mark Think About on His Way to Work?
It's about a 15-minute drive. I zone out a do a little thinking. And I'll go over all the thoughts that popped into my head this morning.
It’ll Cost You an Arm and a Leg for a Hotel Room in This Montana City
I do have a limit on what I'm willing to spend on a room.
This Montanan Refuses to Ever Do This Again in His Life
Moving myself and all that heavy stuff I've accumulated through the years will not happen again. Yes, I'm officially announcing my retirement from the moving industry.
Blast Off! Fireworks Extravaganza at Mark’s House Every Year for July 4th
It is once again the week where I prepare for a fireworks extravaganza at my place. And this year will be the biggest one ever.
Mark’s Friday Fragments: Father’s Day, Alabama Ratings, & More
The band Alabama had 41 songs go to number one, including 21 in a row. Yet I feel that they are underrated. As is their Christmas song "Thistlehair The Christmas Bear". I was told that the city of Cody, Wyoming buys one-way bus tickets to Billings for homeless people...
Mark Relays the Best Flying Tips for Travelers From a Viral Post
So today I'll give some highlights that I think are useful from Kristie Koerbel, a flight attendant, whose advice went viral on Facebook.
The Right Way and The Wrong Way to Voice Radio Ads
Local advertisers really have to come up with a creative ad that will entice customers to still shop locally.
What Do You Buy a Guy Who Has ‘Everything’? Mark’s Bachelor Buying Guide
"Mark, you are IMPOSSIBLE to buy gifts for because you already have everything," says everybody in my life.
One Montanan’s Review of Medora, North Dakota for a Weekender
I took a trip to North Dakota with some buddies this weekend. Here's how it went.
Remembering an Important Part of Adulthood, as Taught by Dad
My daughter is in Drivers' Ed right now, so we've been going on a lot of drives with her behind the wheel. It has brought back so many memories of when I was learning to drive. Dad made sure I was competent behind the wheel.
Mark’s Love-Hate Relationship With Technology Tracking
I don't think that anybody wants to be monitored 24/7, but most of us are. Good thing that I'm not up to anything shady.
5 Ways Tourists Can Reroute Their Plans After Montana Flooding
Today I'm thinking about folks who had made plans months ago to visit Yellowstone National Park and can't because the park is closed. But you're out here in Montana and have to find something else "touristy" to do.