Mark Thompson (radio)

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Not to be confused with the co-host of the Morning Pigpen. For that Mark Thompson, see WPIG. For others, see Mark Thompson (disambiguation).
Mark Thompson
Born (1955-12-01) December 1, 1955 (age 59)
Florence, Alabama

Mark LaMarr Thompson (born December 1, 1955) is an American radio personality (disc jockey) and occasional actor, best known for the nationally syndicated Mark & Brian morning show.

After attending the University of North Alabama, Thompson worked as a disc jockey at several stations in the southern United States before meeting his partner Brian Phelps in Birmingham, Alabama in 1986. The next year the duo moved their show to KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, where they remained until the show's end in 2012. Thompson's wife, Lynda, their three children (Matthew, Amy and Katie), his nephew David, and his niece Nina are well-known among regular listeners of the program. Thompson plays drums and is a huge Elvis Presley fan.

The enormous popularity of The Mark & Brian Show gave Thompson several opportunities to branch out into other entertainment media. In 1991-92, he and Phelps hosted a short-lived NBC TV series, The Adventures of Mark & Brian, based on their radio show.[1][2] Thompson has also appeared in several motion pictures, notably Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (the 1993 ninth installment in the Friday the 13th series) and The Princess Diaries (2001). He also wrote & starred in the 2002 independent film, Mother Ghost, and briefly appeared as a love interest (coincidentally named Brian) of Reba McEntire's character on three episodes in the 2002-2003 season of the Reba television show.

On June 13, 2012, Thompson announced that he would be retiring from radio after 25 years and would move to Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, mentioning that his new home would be equipped with a studio that would allow him to do occasional media work. His last day at KLOS was August 17, 2012.[3] Thompson and his wife now host The Mark & Lynda Podcast, which focuses primarily on relationship issues.[4] In addition, Thompson co-hosts the Pro Football Slam podcast with Los Angeles Times journalist Sam Farmer.[5] He also began hosting the Cool Stories in Music podcast in December 2013.[6] According to Thompson, the podcast is inspired by the biographies, stories, and chart trivia segments of the Kasem-era American Top 40 radio program.[7]

On December 8, 2014 Mark announced on his podcast he would be returning to morning radio in Los Angeles. He will be doing morning drive from his home studio in NC. He also announced that Cool Stories in Music will be syndicated on Sunday on the same radio station.

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