MAB News Briefs is pleased to bring you profiles of your MAB Board of Directors.
This week’s profile is Stephen A. Marks. Stephen is 100% shareholder, President/CEO of Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corporation, which owns WBKB-TV (Alpena); Lake Superior Community Broadcasting, which operates WBUP-TV (Ishpeming/Marquette) and WBKP-TV (Calumet); Houghton Community Broadcasting, which operates WOLV-FM, WHKB-FM, and WCCY-AM (Houghton); and Iron River Community Broadcasting Corporation, which operates WFER-AM and WIKB-FM (Iron River). He also owns a number of other television and radio stations throughout the country.
Stephen started his broadcasting career at the age of 17 as a copy writer at WINX Radio in Rockville, Maryland. While there, he was able to learn enough to pass the FCC 3rd class with number 9 endorsement license test. His early career was spent in radio holding positions from marketing to management. That included working with Mutual Broadcasting Systems (MBS) in Affiliate Programming and Syndication, after graduating in 1973 from American University in Washington D.C. In 1983 he acquired 51% of Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corporation in Alpena.
Stephen has been on the MAB Board since 2013. Prior to that, he was deeply involved with the MAB Foundation, serving on its board from 2008 through 2013, remaining an honorary board member today. In addition, the Stephen A. Marks Foundation funds two student scholarships at the President’s Endowment Level in the MABF Founders Club.