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Mark Patrick: Indy Sports Personality

Mark Patrick is a well-known Indianapolis media personality.  He currently hosts a drive-time sports talk radio program on WNDE 1260 AM.

After graduating from Ball State University, Patrick started his career at WNAP-FM in 1980, followed by a 17-year stint on WNDE and as guest/writer on the nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom Show,” which is broadcast on WNDE’s sister station, WFBQ-FM 94.7.  In 1989 he ventured into television, becoming the first host of Hoosier Millionaire, a lottery game-show viewed across the state of Indiana.

He also joined Channel 8 WISH-TV as a sports anchor on their news broadcast in 1990, eventually taking over the duties of Sports Director, a position he held until 1998.  In addition, he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network for three seasons, and hosted a Colts post-game show on television.  He was also the play-by-play voice of the Indiana Firebirds, Indianapolis’ short-lived Arena Football team that played its games at Conseco Fieldhouse.

In 2001 his radio show, Mark Patrick on Sports, or “MPOS” as it’s known to his listeners, became syndicated on Fox Sports Radio.  The show started with 50 affiliates, a number that had grown to 150 by 2005.  At that point he left terrestrial radio for XM Radio, where he hosted “Baseball This Morning” with former MLB player and manager Buck Martinez.  The show gained a loyal following during the three years it was on air, but Patrick and XM parted ways in 2008.

After serving as a fill-in host on both WNDE and WFNI 1070 The Fan, Patrick was tabbed by Clear Channel to take over the drive-time slot that had recently been departed by John Michael Vincent.  Ironically, it was Vincent who replaced Patrick when the latter left for XM Radio.

Patrick has collected numerous awards in his career, including being voted “Best Sportscaster” in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine numerous times, and winning the Associated Press award for “Best Sports Play-By-Play” between 1992 and 1998.  He currently lives in Brownsburg, Indiana with his wife Pam, and is the father of Brownsburg High School product Drew Storen, who is currently a relief pitcher with the Washington Nationals.

 

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