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Friday, December 29, 2017: 
Mark was out one last time, on the job, with Jim and Joe Offerdahl at the KLIZ transmitter site in Brainerd. 
Mark is mentoring them, along with one other, in the art and science of building and repairing radio broadcast facilities.
It is Mark's way of giving back to the industry that kept him employed for over 50 years, including 40 years in his own business.
Mark was born into a broadcasting family and started turning transmitter knobs more than 60 years ago.
Now at age 70, it was time for Mark to do a little traveling to see more of this great country.
Note the snow on Mark's boots.  The temperature that day reached 0 degrees with four inches of snow on the ground.
Yes, it was time for the proverbial gold watch....after a lifetime of work in broadcast engineering. 

January 4, 2018:  Retirement?  Boy, Mark, I'm happy for you but sad for our industry . . . Sure glad you're going to continue to share your wisdom through your writing though! Thank you, Sir!  Dave Magnum, Magnum Media, La Crosse, Wisconsin. 

January 1, 2018:  Mark, Thanks for sharing your experiences and advice with the world.  Easy to read while providing excellent details.  Enjoy retirement and I hope you continue to write.  Ralph Brancato, iHeartMedia, St. Louis, Missouri.

December 30, 2017:  Mark:  Thanks for teaching me the fine art of troubleshooting!  Hope you and Paula had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to retirement in the new year!  Shane Toven, Laramie, Wyoming.

December 29, 2017:  Mark:  Just learned you have retired!!  Congratulations on an engineering life well lived.  I enjoyed your fatherís book.  It was easy to see where you got your skills and sense of humor.  You truly rounded out the next generation from him.  It also seemed your father perhaps put some of his career ahead of family and that is where I so respect you and Paula for being a team but also having fun in life.  Best wishes to you and Paula and being released from the duty of having to fix things all the time.  Thank you for the advice and guidance through the years.  Dan Houg, Chief Engineer of KAXE/KBXE Radio Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

December 29, 2017:  Mark, Before we close our doors on the last business day of the year, I just wanted to take the time to wish you and Paula the best in your well earned retirement.  Even though we only had an opportunity to work together in person one time back in the 1980's on the Nautel and C-Quam installation at KFYR, Bismarck, I am still impressed by the level of professionalism you brought to the field of Broadcast Engineering.  I have not met another contract engineer in the past 30 years that could even come close.  Again, best of luck.  Jeff Bliss, KWGO in Minot, North Dakota.

December 29, 2017:   Dear Mark: A HUGE THANK YOU from me, and every other Broadcaster youíve known.  Today please know youíve made a difference for the Betterment of our industry, and everything you do, and just as important what you know you have shared freely with others to help them and me for so many years.  Please keep in touch as a friend, and not just my top supplier of everything Iíve needed for over 20 years.  Stay warm and celebrate the day, Retirement=YEA.  Rick Keefer, KCLV Radio in Clovis, New Mexico.

December 27, 2017:  Hi, Mark..  Congratulations on your retirement.  Thanks for your Tech Tips.  Best regards, Jack Ondracek, RDI Radio in Bremerton, Washington.

December 20, 2017:  Hello Mark, just wanted you to know that I truly am pleased to have learned about your father's book and been able to read his story, an extraordinary one as you certainly recognize.  Marlin Taylor, Washington, D.C.

December 19, 2017:  Hello, Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed, and understood your article and your website.  Also been a Ham since age 16.  Turning 81 now and have worked in electronics all these years.  Not really worked, just got paid for doing my hobby.  Best wish's for a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a long and wonderful retirement.  Jerry Snapper, KG6FDM, Plant City, Florida.

Quote of the day:    There is a time for everything.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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