#MediaMonday – Mark Lewis
As you know, each Monday we profile a member of the media, giving you an inside look into who they are and what they do. This week’s comes from Mark Lewis. I met Mark when he worked at Channel 12 as a sportscaster. I was working for the Fiesta Bowl at the time and he was one of the many local media I had the great fortune to work with. (FYI-Scott was on the air over at Channel 5 at the time, that’s how he and I met.)
Mark has his own production company now and has launched a new Internet radio program called The Empowerment Team on Dave Pratt’s Doublewide Network. Here’s a little more info about Mark and the program.
I began my career doing TV news in Pocatello, Idaho in 1979, the year CNN and ESPN came into existence. When the sports director position became available three months later, I took it and stayed in sports the balance of my career. From Idaho to Tennessee to Las Vegas then Dallas, I finally landed at KPNX (Channel 12) in Phoenix in 1987 and worked there for 15 years. After leaving Channel 12 in 2002, I was hired to do 16 shows by Casino Arizona to brand their new sports-themed casino at Indian Bend. We had such a great reception we wound up doing 220 shows!
Since 1996 I have owned my own production company Marica Productions (named for daughters Marisa and Erica), doing everything from spokesperson work to writing scripts to consulting. Along the way I have raised more than $3 million for two startups and traveled to Sri Lanka to do color commentary for the new Elite Football League of India. Kurt Warner is one of the principal investors in the league.
This month I have started a new Internet radio show on my buddy Dave Pratt’s Doublewide Network called The Empowerment Team. This combines my love of broadcasting and love of helping people out. We focus on all of life’s challenges and provide experts and mentors to help those in need get the answers they are seeking. Just click on our show icon for more information.
I have been married to my wife, Susana, for 24 years, and we have two remarkable daughters, Marisa and Erica.
Oh by the way did I mention when I started at KPNX back in the day, HMA’s president, Scott Hanson was doing sports at KPHO?