MARK PAPOUSEK (2011 Inductee)

Mark was born in Terrace Bay, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior, in 1954. When he was twelve, his family moved to Renfrew and, after graduating from Renfrew Collegiate, he enrolled in a two-year radio and television broadcasting program at Canadore College in North Bay. In his second, and final, year there, he was offered his first job in radio at CKOB in Renfrew. Seeking to grow his career and move on to a larger market, Mark sent audition tapes out across the country and accepted an offer at CJON Radio & Television in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

During his tenure in Newfoundland, Mark was transferred to CJON’s sister station in Grand Falls, and it was there that he met Wayne Rostad who had been hired to change this radio station’s pop music format to country music. Under Wayne’s tutelage, Mark fell in love with country music and, with a word from Wayne to his long-time friend and colleague, Ted Daigle, was hired by CKBY in Ottawa.

For the past 23 years, country music lovers have been waking up to the same voice every morning and, for the last 13 years, Mark has enjoyed sharing the microphone with his co-host, Nida Drake. Mark is known for his big heart, which led him and a group of close friends to form the "Y101 Boot Scooters", a fundraising team that, over the last 20 years, has raised thousands of dollars, primarily for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario. Mark and his wife, Bev, have two sons, Scott and Stephen.


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