Nashville broadcaster Mark Howard passed away aged 65 at his home, reports NewsChannel5. He was also popular among his listeners for co-hosting the Wake Up Zone on the radio station 104.5.
Besides his impeccable anchoring skills, Mark is remembered for his unique sense of humor and extensive knowledge of sports that gathered the attention of the audience for years.
He is survived by his wife and children. Mark’s colleagues and fans have taken to Twitter to pay their tributes.
Mark Howard passes away
The sportscaster reportedly passed away on Sunday, July 23. The cause of his death hasn’t been revealed.
According to NewsChannel5, he was “found unresponsive at his home on Sunday morning.”
During the course of his career as a broadcaster, Mark got to cover some of the greatest moments in sports, including the Braves and Twins battle in the 1991 World Series and the Tennessee Lady Vols national championship run in the late 1990s.
He’s said to have even worked with Nashville Predators as host of the pregame and post-game shows.
104.5 Tweeted today that the channel would be honoring Mark all day on July 25, by sharing his stories and allowing the listeners to share their favorite moments of the iconic broadcaster.
As for his personal life, the late radio personality shared two sons with his wife Debra.
A look at his career
Mark’s career had an impressive run on television and radio.
He joined NewsChannel5 in 1986 as the weekend sports anchor, a position that he held for twenty years.
After leaving the news network, he went on to join 104.5, to serve as host of The Wake Up Zone. He is believed to have worked with the radio station for about 16 years.
Mark co-hosted the show along with Kevin Ingram and former Tennessee Titan Frank Wycheck.
However, Mark and Kevin were dropped from their show in 2020 when the radio station reshuffled its schedule for shortened hours.
Tributes pour in for the Nashville broadcaster
People are heartbroken to know that Mark’s vocals won’t be gracing their ears again as he has sadly passed away.
NC5 host Lelan Statom shared a picture with Mark and wrote in his Tweet, “I’m so sad to hear about the passing of former #NC5 sports anchor, Mark Howard. He had a vast knowledge of sports & a great writing style. This was the weekend evening team in ‘93 when I started with Mark & Lydia Lenker. Prayers to his family, especially his son Jack. RIP Mark.”
“I had a love hate relationship with Mark Howard, but honestly, I enjoyed his point blank candidness around sports and truly appreciated who he was and how he communicated sports news. RIP MH and go Yankees!,” wrote another.
Remembering Mark, another wrote, “A fixture of my life watching the news as a young kid to listening to Sports Talk radio as an adult, Rest Easy Mark Howard, Nashville will miss you”