Marc Chase

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Marc Chase
Occupation President, Tribune Interactive - Tribune Company
Employer Tribune

Marc Chase (born April 7, 1960) (aka Mark Thompson) is an award-winning American radio executive currently working for Tribune Company as the President of Tribune Interactive.[1]


Chase, although born in Indiana, considers himself a native of Alabama. He entered radio broadcasting as a disc-jockey for WRFS in Alexander City, Alabama while attending Auburn University. His on-air career took him to WJHO-Opelika, Alabama, WFRI-Auburn, Alabama, WSGF-Savannah, Georgia, and WMJJ-Birmingham. In August 1984 he was approached by WKXX-Birmingham.[citation needed] In the process of making that move, his name changed to Marc Chase. The next move was to WYHY-Nashville where he became Program Director and led the station to its first ever #1 Arbitron ratings in 1987. In October 1989, Marc Chase left Nashville to become the Program Director and morning co-host of the “The Power Pig” (WFLZ-Tampa).[2] The Power Pig became the number one radio station in Tampa, unseating legendary CHR station WRBQ-FM (Q105) in 74 days. In January 1994, Chase left WFLZ to become the operations manager of WEBN-Cincinnati.[3]

When radio began deregulation in 1996, Chase was appointed Regional Vice President of Programming for Jacor Communications. When Jacor was purchased by Clear Channel Communications in 1998, Chase became a Senior Vice President of Programming, a job he held for over a decade.[3]

Departure from Clear Channel[edit]

Chase had been with Jacor/Clear Channel since 1985


Chase has been the recipient of Radio and Records Awards in multiple formats (CHR and Rock) for programmer and station of the Year (WYHY, WFLZ, WEBN).[citation needed] Marc Chase was the first program director to ever win Billboard Magazines Program Director of the week award twice in one year (1989).[citation needed] He was also named one of the best program directors in Radio by the Trade Magazine Radio Ink.[4]

Side projects[edit]

Marc Chase also uses his entertainment talent on the weekly television show Movie Underground on WGN America, playing the character of the Night Watchman.[5] Chase has been playing the Night Watchman since 2008.