Mark stands out from the crowd with his provocative, no-nonsense broadcast style. He has interviewed some of the world’s greats — Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Donovan Bailey, Larry Bird, Joe Montana and many, many more. Never withering in the glare of fame.
Mark began his career at CKCO-TV and CKKW radio in Kitchener, followed by radio positions in Toronto, Niagara and Montreal. In 1982 came his big break — the chance to host Sportstalk on CKEY Radio. Working with such broadcasting legends as Pierre Berton, Charles Templeton, and Jim Hunt, Mark learned what it took to make listeners sit up and take notice. In 1984, he moved to Global TV as co-host of the groundbreaking show Sportsline. He was with the show for eleven years as it went from a cult following in the mid-80’s to a big moneymaker for Global in the 90’s.
In 1995, Mark moved to AM640 and Q107 where he mixed morning radio with Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Argonauts play-by-play. However, after two years of spending more time away from his family than he wanted, Mark decided to get back into TV, and worked on the desk for both Sportsnet and “The Score”.
Mark’s connection with the Hamilton community goes back to his childhood. He frequently visited his uncle, Sam Hebscher, who played an influential role in the history of CHCH News as its Feature Film Buyer for close to three decades.
Mark is often in demand as an after-dinner speaker and emcee. He talks about his days as a sports personality, and offers some terrific anecdotes about the players he covered. He always brings his infamous “Hebsy Awards”, a collection of sports bloopers that helped earn him two Gemini Award nominations as Canada’s best sportscaster. Mark joined CHCH TV in 2003, and now co-hosts Sportsline and Square-Off.