But Mark left a successful radio career in 2005 to try his hand at the real estate market. With the support from his wife and two children it became a rewarding venture.
Being a real estate agent "you're by yourself a lot," Mark told us in a recent interview. "You miss the sort of buzz that goes on inside a radio station." So when offered the opportunity to return behind the mic, he jumped on it.
The Peak: How old were you when you were first interested in radio?
I got into radio during college. After graduating, my radio partner Tim and I worked at several stations. We were in small town Connecticut, then Allentown, Pennsylvania, then Baltimore for one year and then got the offer [KDKB] out here.
The Peak: That's quite a journey. Have you seen a difference in the radio industry since you first started?
The Peak: When I started I was actually playing vinyl -- you know, cueing up records. That was a huge change. Then it was very exciting when the CD came along. It was funny because the word on the CDs was that you can 'hit them with a hammer and they'll never skip.' Well that wasn't exactly true [laughs]. Then everything went over to hard drive.
The Peak: So you're now co-hosting with Monica Nelson on 98.7 The Peak's morning show. How does it feel to be working back on-air in the wee hours of the morning?
It's really great, but very strange. I was thinking this morning, while I was getting up at 3:25 [a.m.], and I got this feeling in my mind that I'm just filling in for a week or something and this is something unusual. It really hasn't sunk in yet. I never really had that big of a problem getting up that early -- I just kind of bounced right back into it. It's just staying up later that's the problem. I feel like a narcoleptic during the day, I keep falling asleep. [laughs]
The Peak: What did you miss most about radio when you were off the air?
Good question. The comradery and you miss the sort of buzz that goes on inside a radio station. That's probably the biggest thing. When you're a real estate agent, you're by yourself a lot. I missed the office comradery, but didn't miss the office politics. I'll have to live with that.
The Peak: You recently had a weekend show on 92.3 KTAR -- do you see a difference between working for a news/talk radio station compared to a music station?
It's much different. When you're on The Peak, you only have time to dive into the surface information. When you're on KTAR, you can dissect and really get into opinion and different ways to look at things. With music, you have to keep it moving.
The Peak: Being a veteran in music radio, you must enjoy a good tune. Who's your favorite band or artist?
Favorite band of all time is The Allman Brothers Band. I grew up on the Rolling Stones and The Beatles and stuff like that. You know, Kansas is a big band of mine. Rush is huge. I can say I was into Rush before they were accepted.
The Peak: So it's safe to say you enjoy mostly rock & roll. Are there any other musical genres you listen to?
Yeah, it's mostly rock music, but I listen to a lot of country now. I also actually listen to a lot of Christian music. There's some really strong melodies in Christian music that I really enjoy.
The Peak: With Father's day coming up, do you have any big plans?
[laughs] My wife asked me last night, 'What do you want to do for Father's Day,' and I was like, 'Oh, is that coming up again?' I just like to go out to breakfast with my kids. Just keep it low key. I don't like to make anyone buy me presents.
You can get to know more about Mark Devine by tuning in weekdays from 5:30 - 10 a.m. on 98.7 The Peak.