Marc & Mark Radio Hour
Community leaders volunteer time to talk . . . about anything
By Bernie Schmitt
A couple of local leaders have harnessed their gift of gab for a one-hour radio program broadcast on Vincennes’ oldest radio station, WAOV.
The Marc and Mark Radio Hour is the brainchild of Marc McNeece, president of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Hill, executive director of the local United Way. The two have been announcers for the annual Fourth of July Parade in Vincennes for several years.
It’s a chemistry that seems to work, especially for a show that doesn’t have a specific focus.
“We thought, hey, maybe we could do a radio show,” McNeece said.
Both have been active in the community for a number of years, and they are not novices at public speaking. Yet they try to refrain from discussing their jobs. And besides, they didn’t want to take away from broadcaster Ed Ballinger’s Knox County Today Show, which focuses on community news and events.
They just wanted to have fun. So at mid-afternoon each Tuesday, Marc and Mark get to discuss most anything they want on WAOV’s 97.7-FM and 1450-AM.
“It is designed to be ‘Seinfeld’ light,” Hill said. “It’s a show about everything, and a show about nothing.”
It is eclectic, that’s for sure.
When I joined them for an early June edition of the show, the first topic of conversation was about the legacy of Mohammed Ali, whose death was recently in the news. Other topics includes the recently completed Alice of Old Vincennes: A Musical, the television series “Game of Thrones,” the movie “The Martian,” and a subsequent discussion on the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.
Hill is of the Baby Boom generation while McNeece is from the Generation X. Together they offer varying perspectives on a range of topics, neither one taking each other seriously.
“Most of what we talk about is based on current events — you know — stuff in the news, our kids, and what movies or television shows we’ve been watching,” McNeece said.
“We usually have four topics as anchors,” Hill said. “But if we get rolling on one thing we talk on and may never get to the other things.”
They joke about whether anyone is listening to their afternoon banter, but it’s not an issue because they’re volunteering their time and having fun.
“We joke about this and we might think people aren’t listening, but we’ve had some really good feedback,” McNeece said. “People will stop us and say, ‘hey, we heard your show the other day.’ Then I try to think about what we might have said.”
“It’s at a weird time,” Hill said. “You have to make a point to listen to us.”
Hill said one of the funniest moments was after he told a funny story about the Cantwell family, and at the Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in April, family members came up to him to say they heard it — and enjoyed it.
“I love to tell stories,” Hill said. “I haven’t run out of things to say.”
The pair have similar interests, but they have different ideas about things, too, making for light and casual conversation. Sometimes it’s even interesting.
The show has been on the air for around three months, with nine more to go. When they approached Mark Lange, owner of The Original Company, parent owner of WAOV Radio, he didn’t have a problem with the idea, but he wanted a one-year commitment.
“We thought we could handle that,” Hill said.
It’s possible the show could go longer, but that remains to be seen. However, future ideas include podcasts and more planned guests. They may even begin taking calls – maybe.
At least one listener sent an email review of their show. Doug Carroll, who for years has written newspaper columns and who compiles information on famous people from Vincennes, had this to say about the Marc and Mark Radio Hour:
“Dearest Marc and Mark,
I got off the road for work and caught your show for the first time yesterday. You guys are pathetic. A wasted hour of radio time for sure. I’d rather listen to crabgrass growing or reruns of the Friday Football Preview Show. You guys talked about the National Boredom Association (that’s NBA to you Marc) for several minutes but not one word about Red Skelton, Double Cola, Foghat, Mom, apple pie and Chevrolet. You should make a full double refund to all advertisers and return all the air time you have wasted back to Mark Lange. Oh, and one last thing, PLEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE keep it up!”
McNeece says the Show is a good way for he and Hill to kick back and talk about the things they like and things going on in the community.
“I love it,” he said. “It’s fun.”
By Bernie Schmitt
The Marc and Mark Radio Hour is broadcast Tuesday afternoons just after the 3 p.m. hour. For more see the Mark and Mark Radio Hour Facebook page.