Mark Johnson (announcer)
Born in Skegness, Lincolnshire, Johnson attended King Alfred's College in Winchester, Hampshire and London College of Printing in Elephant and Castle, London receiving a bachelor's degree in television, film, and theatre studies, and a postgraduate diploma in radio journalism. His first race commentary was in 1986 at Tweseldown Racecourse in Fleet, Hampshire. In 1995, he called his first Classic, the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse in South Yorkshire, and as of May 2009, had announced eleven St. Legers, and five Epsom Derbies. He has also announced multiple Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National steeplechase races.
Following the unexpected death of announcer, Luke Kruytbosch, Johnson became the track announcer at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky in January 2009, calling his first Kentucky Derby later that year after being selected amongst five announcers who called different weeks in the 2008 Fall Meet. This made him the first announcer to have called The Epsom Derby and The Kentucky Derby. He also did paddock commentary with Jill Byrne at Churchill Downs. His tenure ended in the Fall Meet of 2013 in what Churchill described as an "amicable parting".
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s7t3p Radio 4 Saturday Live interview Saturday 4th May 2013 0900hrs
- "Britain's Mark Johnson Named Churchill Downs Track Announcer" (Press release). Churchill Downs. January 15, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
- Brown, C.L. (May 2, 2009). "Johnson will put a little English on it". Louisville, Kentucky: Courier Journal. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
- Hamilton, Keith (April 4, 2009). "Mark Johnson gearing up for the Grand National". Southampton, Hampshire: Daily Echo. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
- "Mark Johnson Biography". Churchill Downs. 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
- Meet Mark Johnson (Churchill Downs)
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