Birthday: February 8th
Where did you grow up, and what was your favorite memory from then?
I was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio…but grew up in Ashtabula from age 3, after my Father was transferred from Akron to Ashtabula with General Tire & Rubber Company. Best memory I have as a kid, was being able to play along the shoreline & eventually swim in Lake Erie!
Did you always want to be on the radio? And what did you do before for that?
I caught the so called “Radio Bug” around age 12 or so, during the time period when I was spending my Summer’s running “light & sound cues” for the original Ashtabula Arts Center – Straw Hat Theatre productions on Walnut Beach. A few of the performers were also some of the local DJ’s & Radio Personalities of the mid 70’s, who were kind enough to let the “kid” sneak into the radio station “after hours” and simple watch while they did their shows. After a little “schooling” including a trip to Buffalo to get my Broadcaster’s License in 1977, I was hired by Richard Rowley…then President of the original Radio Enterprises Of Ohio (WREO AM & FM) exactly a week after my 15th birthday! The “fun n’ games” officially began including various on-air radio jobs in Erie, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, Cleveland, 3 different “tours of duty” with the legendary 102-ZOO/Ashtabula, Panama City & since January of 1998 – Early Mornings on Today’s Best Mix – MIX 97.1
In your free time what can we find you doing?
Spending time & trying to fill my role as a Surrogate Father, Uncle and/or Best Friend (never been a fan of “titles”) with my two special buddies, Jace & Jayden, along with whatever is fun to do outdoors ie: mountain bike riding via the area trails, boating with friends whenever possible, enjoying the area’s incredible wineries & restaurants, traveling which includes a never ending fascination with Niagara Falls! Getaway’s to Las Vegas, Santa Monica & Myrtle Beach on occasion as well…
What do you like watching on television?
News, news & more NEWS!!! Lol I can easily spend an entire evening or weekend with CNN, FOX & The Weather Channel, then show up the following morning to annoy everyone with my “surface knowledge” of just about everything, including the current weather condition in Boise, Idaho!!! Always been a fan of sitcoms including today’s run of Two & A Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, etc…but I must confess that I suffer from an un-healthy addiction to Pawn Stars & Swamp People!
Who are your favorite artists that you play on the air and why?
Well…the best part of performing on a radio station which plays the best mix of the 80’s, 90’s, 2K & today…is that I get to hear basically ALL my favorites! Everything from Bryan Addams, Def Leppard, Soft Cell, Journey to Coldplay, Timberlake, Beyonce, Plain White T’s along with all the other pop artist’s of yesterday & today.
Do you have any pets and if so what are they?
Yes…Jenn, Jeremy, Jordan, Roger, Dave, Paula, Kim, Jill, Russ, Dominic, Sue-Palooza, Michelle, Dana & EVERYONE @ Media One…who helps me keep “Mark Allen & Friends In The Morning” rolling successfully after all the years!!! (And trust me, they all require food & water on a daily basis LOL)