Tom Mark has signed-off on his last newscast.
Mark has retired after more than 47 years in broadcasting.
Tom’s last newscast at 1075 Beach Radio (CJIB) Vernon was at 9 am this morning.
Born in Winnipeg, Mark’s interest in radio started with his high school radio club at Winnipeg’s Dakota Collegiate.
He started reading weekend youth news on CKRC-AM Winnipeg in 1971, before landing in news full-time at CFRW-AM in 1973.
Mark headed to the West Coast in 1979, working at stations like CFUN Vancouver, CKDA Victoria, CJOR, CHRX, and CJJR-FM Vancouver.
He went on to be a major part in the start-up at CKWX-AM Vancouver (News 1130) from 1996-2001, and then went on to be the voice of morning news on CKNW-AM from 2001-2014.
He’s worked with the Pattison stations in Vernon and Kelowna since 2015, and has been the morning news person at Kiss FM, now Beach Radio, since April 2017.
Hudson Mack, a long time broadcaster and friend, says Mark has mentored many in broadcast journalism, including him.
“How grateful I am to have made your lasting, lifelong friendship at the news directors convention you organized in Whistler nearly 30 years ago. A lot has changed in the industry since then, but one thing has remained constant: your commitment to truth, fairness and excellence – and serving your community,” says Mack.
Terry Scott, former director of broadcasting with The Canadian Press, says Mark gave back to the industry through his involvement with what is now known as the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation.
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