Mark Davis, 40-year veteran of talk radio, joins us to talk about where talk radio has been and where it is going, and shares some of his experiences along the way.



  • Paul O’Rear (Host)
  • Mark Davis (Guest)


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:18 Paul Introduces Mark Davis
  • 1:00 Mark talks about being a native Texan
  • 1:55 Mark talks about his early days in radio
  • 2:59 Mark talks about early non-radio jobs
  • 5:03 Mark talks about what drew him into radio as a career
  • 7:48 Mark talks about radio as his destiny
  • 11:27 Mark talks about the history of talk radio
  • 16:29 Mark talks about moving to Dallas to work for WBAP (1994)
  • 17:30 Curiosity Channel Ad
  • 18:06 Knock Knock Ninja
  • 18:39 Howdy, Mimi!
  • 19:50 David Brinkley Quote
  • 20:22 Mark talks about guest hosting for Rush Limbaugh (2008-2012)
  • 23:18 Mark talks about his move from WBAP to 660 AM The Answer (2012), and hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” show (2012-2015).
  • 30:42 Mark talks about his longevity in Dallas/Fort Worth
  • 35:40 Mark talks about how radio has changed in the last ten to fifteen years
  • 45:09 Curiosity Channel Ad
  • 45:58 Five Fun Facts About NASA
  • 47:11 Featured Song: “All My Friends” by Joshua Luke Smith
  • 51:07 Mark talks about how he prepares for his daily show
  • 56:54 Mark talks about what he hopes to accomplish each day on his show
  • 58:45 Mark talks about why what he does is important
  • 1:04:06 Wrap up
  • 1:04:35 Disclaimer
  • 1:05:25 BNRTT


  • Talk radio has been around since the 1950’s in major American cities.
  • In the 1970’s, Larry King proved that you can bring topical talk and interviews to radio and get ratings and revenue success.
  • In the 1980’s, more AM stations switched to a talk radio format, and ABC produced nationally syndicated radio talk shows.
  • In 1988, Rush Limbaugh changed everything with the debut of his radio show.
  • The success of the Rush Limbaugh show opened up hundreds of doors for local talk radio shows.


  • “God always has a path in mind for you. The question is whether you have the open eyes, ears, and heart to follow it.” -Mark Davis -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-
  • “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” -David Brinkley -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-
  • “God closes some doors so that others can open.” -Mark Davis -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-
  • “I believe there will always be live radio. I don’t know how long there will be live disc jockey related music radio.” -Mark Davis
  • “Life is show prep, and show prep is life.” -Mark Davis
  • “What I hope to do, by the time every show is over, is to provide people who have listened that day with something that they really enjoy, that really has made them think, really made them laugh, maybe sometimes made them cry along with me because it’s been some story that has that effect. If I’ve done that, that’s a day well spent.” -Mark Davis
  • “I believe there are things that need to be said. There are things that need to be defended. There are things that need to be stood up for.” -Mark Davis
  • “I want to become a student of what other people think.” -Mark Davis


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