I was born and raised in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s exposed me to some legendary country music. Plus having parents listening to the 50’s artists added to the sounds I grew up with. And that is the base for my background in classic country music that I work with every day. I continued my appreciation for country music thru the 80’s, 90’s and up to present day. And I've spent a great deal of time studying it. When I sit down to do the KXRB Morning Show each day, I have a library of music that is like nothing else in the world. I have songs spanning over seven decades to play and talk about. Hosting the show is not a job, it’s a thrill. On the personal side, I’m blessed with a wonderful family with my wife Lorlane and son Mark Jr. We enjoy spending time together with movies, cooking, dining out, travelling, biking, playing baseball, fishing once in a while, and whatever else we feel like doing together.