After taking in some down-home tunes with The Psychedelic Jukebox at Panchito's last weekend, somewhere inbetween all of the fans and friends, I had a chance to sit with Mark and talk to him not only about SA music, but about his long-standing career as a media icon in San Antonio!
(I should mention that The Psychedelic Jukebox consists of: Mark Carrillo, JCM, Kevin Baxter, Tim Mckee and Rory Charitan)...
Mark has been in the radio and t.v. business for 28 years, and is a ball of energy in person, just as you've probably heard him on the air, and always on stage.
This man can sing, play tamborines, congas, and totally BUST A MOVE! His dance moves really added additional spice to the songs, and it was so obvious he loves what he's doing. (Lots of people bopping around, including me!)
Mark's resume is extensive, with his first big time radio gig as a newscaster on KTSA, and KTFM.
Mark is probably best known for his gigs on Y100, KITY, KLLS, and KKYX.
He also did the SAC show on KTSA while in college, and is currently an account executive at KBEJ UPN2, and MySA.COM. He continues his work as an account executive and as a voice-over artist, actor and lead. (GREAT radio voice)
One of the highlights of his career was a part in the 1996 movie, "Selena".
We talked quite a bit about the radio and music biz, starting with the late Joe Anthony, to whom Mark contributes so many band's successful careers including REO Speedwagon, AC/DC, Rush, The Scorpions...that list is long as most know.
I asked him if the radio station market had changed drastically, and why.
Quite on the record, Mark explained that ownership rules changing caused more 'cookie cutter' radio stations, with tighter playlists, and less personality.
In between his hectic schedule, Mark thoroughly digs what he's doing, and is hoping to soon have more time to perform live.
We look forward to it!
...gotta say my fave was, "Brandy"!