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Mark Martin photo My late grandfather, George Russell Heiskell (pronounced like high school), told my parents they should let me try T-Ball. They did, and the rest as they say is history.

I played sports from that moment on until reaching the age of 21 when my football days wrapped up at Marietta College. I earned my B.A. in Radio-TV at Marietta. During those college years I started working for newspapers and radio stations. I also did some TV work while in college.

There's nothing quite like covering sports for a living. I love all aspects of the business from anchoring to reporting to play-by-play to sideline work to writing to editing to shooting. It is a labor of love.

The greatest part of my job has been all of the great people I've met through the years and the abundance of friendships made.

I love hearing from people and I'm really good at responding. Give me a call, write a letter (yes, I still write them) or, send along an e-mail.

NOTES ABOUT MARK - Has been the Sports Director for both WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV (FOX 11) since 2000...Has worked several games for ESPN Regional and other regional networks...Has earned several honors, including a Midwestern Regional Emmy (2005) and The Associated Press "Lifetime Achievement Award" (2009)...Also recognized as the West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year (2002) by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association...An inductee into the Ripley High School Viking Football Hall of Fame (2006)...Loves to write...Is the author of the book "An Unfulfilled Dream: My Failure or, His Will" detailing the life of long-time NFL assistant Paul Lanham...Resides in Fairplain with his wife Lisa.

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