Mark Wilson (radio broadcaster)
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|Born||Late 1950s or 1960s
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Show||Parker and the Man (defunct)|
|Station(s)||WDFN, WKRK, WCHB|
Mark Wilson (born in Chicago, Illinois,1960s-) is a Detroit sports radio broadcaster and a former Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters' "Michigan Sportscaster of the Year" and former columnist in Detroit's cultural weekly Real Detroit and The Observer & Eccentric newspapers. Wilson co-hosted Parker & The Man with Rob Parker (Wilson was the 'Man') on three different Detroit radio stations for close to a decade in the Detroit market. The final run ended on Detroit's 1200 AM WCHN on June 9, 2008.
Parker & The Man had been one of the top rated sports radio shows in Michigan for years. It debuted on 1200 WCHB on April 30, 2007, after it was unexpectedly canceled in December 2006 on WKRK. CBS which owned the station released Parker and Wilson as the station decided to replace them with Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers broadcasts formerly carried exclusively on the 1270 AM station WXYT, also a CBS owned station. Parker and the Man had recently celebrated their 7th anniversary on the air and were promoted as "Michigan's Number One, night time sports talk show". Their return to radio continued their popular show in the Detroit market. Parker and Wilson first appeared as a team on WDFN. Soon after the final show, Rob Parker resurfaced as co-host of an ESPN radio show "First Take with Brandon Tierney" on New York City's ESPN 1050. On March 24, 2014 "Parker and The Man" returned to WDFN.
A Michigan State University graduate, Wilson had worked in Lansing, Michigan and Miami, Florida before coming to Detroit. Wilson was a producer of the nightly sportscast at WDIV-TV "Local 4", the NBC television affiliate based in Detroit, as well as being a noon-time on-air sports anchor at WJBK FOX 2 Detroit before moving full-time to radio. He first worked in television sports at NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 in Miami, where he was an on-air sports broadcaster. As self-reported on the air in November 2006 in an uncharacteristic streak of immodesty, Wilson claims Suzy Kolber, the ESPN sideline reporter extraordinaire, publicly stated she aspired to have his job- noon sports anchor on WTVJ- while he worked in Miami and she was a Communications and Broadcasting student at the University of Miami. He has been heard to ask Ms. Kolber to phone him at the close of his show, because he has never met her and imagines they would have a lot to talk about.