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Mark Champion

Mark’s radio career began at a small FM near his hometown of Muncie, Indiana while he was in his sophomore year at Ball State University. His first radio job after college was as a disc jockey at a station in Ft. Wayne, but his first love was sports.

In 1972 Mark moved to Tampa Bay and found work in the news department at WDAE, hosting the nightly sports talk show, Sportsline.  During those years in the Bay area, he also worked at WSUN, WRBQ (Q105), and WFLA-TV Channel 8, but his first “real” professional sports job was as the voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beginning in 1979. 

In 1989, Mark left Tampa Bay for WXYT in Detroit to become the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Pistons.  Today (2006) he is still there, calling the shots (on the field and court, that is), while still pursuing other broadcast interests which have included work with CBS radio and Westwood One.

Station History

1972 - 1989 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Sports)

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