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Mark once considered careers in the newspaper business ("until I realized there was more money in radio") and architecture.  Quite the "Renaissance Man", he also dabbled in music, playing Oboe ("until it killed my lips in Junior High marching band") and trumpet ("hey, I was even First Chair for a few weeks!")  Today his musical ability consists of some singing (privately) and playing eclectic CD's in his politically incorrect, gas-guzzling SUV.

 


 

 

 


BIOGRAPHY


Each week his voice is heard on a variety of programs and commercials via more than 2,000 radio and TV outlets worldwide. Mark's Southern California talk show airs on 1170AM KCBQ, San Diego, weekdays 6 to 9AM. He is also heard on various programs on sister-station KPRZ 1210AM. The KCBQ show is also simulcast live on CRN Digital Talk Radio's "CRN-3" Channel (available in more than 12 million cable television homes across America) and everywhere on iHeart Radio. Mark is a frequent guest host on Dennis Prager's national SRN network talk show. He also serves as a political analyst on KUSI Television (Channel 9) in San Diego.

Known for traveling the world to gain insight on important stories, he's covered the Iraq war on location in the Middle East, smuggled Bibles to the underground church in Southeast Asia and done ground-breaking broadcasts from war zones including the Persian Gulf region and Afghanistan. Mark's also visited Russia and made several trips to China, including Tibet. His continuing on-site broadcasts in the USA and around the globe give him a unique perspective on current events.

With the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association, Mark served as President for a record eight consecutive terms. Radio & Records twice named him to its "All-Star Players" list, citing him as one of only twelve "local legends" in American talk radio.

A strong advocate for the United States military, Mark is a lifetime member of the Navy League and has Honorary Plankowner status with the USS Ronald Reagan to commemorate his on-going support of the ship and its crew since commissioning in 2003. He is also a member of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors.

Mark owns and operates Mark Larson Media Services, Inc.

A sought-after advertising spokesman for many regional and national clients, Mark is often selected for special speaking engagements. Assignments have included emceeing many political events and several related to the San Diego GOP National Convention. He was chosen by the Reagan White House to help organize and emcee major California rallies with the 40th President. For ten years, he was part owner of two Salt Lake City radio stations.

Prior to moving to the Broadcast Company of the Americas in August 2007 (through 2008) Mark was heard on his popular daily show on Clear Channel's KOGO. Before joining KOGO in 2004, he was a well-known radio talk show personality on Salem Communications' KCBQ/KPRZ San Diego and KRLA 870AM, Los Angeles. He was also the main guest-host for SRN network's Michael Medved, Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt shows. Mark joined KPRZ as General Manager in 1994, after eighteen years with KFMB (CBS) Radio in San Diego, where he was Program and Operations Manager and a popular afternoon personality. He also served as National Program Director/Radio for KFMB's parent company.

Active in a variety of charitable organizations, Mark is a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Air & Space Museum, now serving as Chairman Emeritus after four terms as Chairman. He has also been part of on the Global Leadership Council and Board of Directors for Heart to Heart International. Mark's also been chairman of Media Fellowship International, San Diego Prison Fellowship international and is a founding board member and current chairman of the Family Heritage Foundation. He was also a charter member of the Salem Communications Political Action Committee. As a board member for Enough Is Enough, he also serves as spokesman for www.protectkids.com.

A member of Shadow Mountain Community Church, he appears regularly with his pastor, Dr. David Jeremiah, on Turning Point. The broadcast is heard every weekday on over 2,000 airings worldwide. He's also heard on the internationally televised edition of Turning Point and often hosts Purity Products' Health Line programs.

His monthly column now appears in the REFRESHED Magazine. His articles previously appeared in the Christian Examiner and Daily Californian (Southern California) newspapers for several years. He has also been a contributing writer for PoliticalVanguard.com. Other special updates are posted on LarsonBlog.com.

Mark is listed in Who's Who In America and Who's Who in the Media and Communications.

A proud father of three grown children, he has been married to the lovely Mrs. Larson for 38 years.

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