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had been a Bridgeport area resident most of his life. Currently residing in
Southington, Connecticut, Mark grew up in Bridgeport's west end on a dead end street named
after his great-uncle.
He and his older brother Larry (unrelated to
his Executive Producer), younger sister Vicki and parents Joe and Arlene enjoyed their
modest home near the banks of the Rooster River on Renwick Place.
Mark attended Bryant Elementary School on Maplewood Avenue from Kindergarten right
through the 8th grade. His class would be the final 8th grade class to do so at Bryant, as
the Bridgeport School System finally adopted a Middle School format, eliminating 7th and
8th grades at grammar schools.
For two years he attended Notre Dame HS in
nearby Fairfield although he finished his high school education back in Bridgeport at
Central HS. It was there that Mark first got "on the air" at the schools radio
station, WCHS. With this tenure inclusive his complete radio experience encompasses more
than thirty years.
After graduating, Mark entered several different fields, including recording studio
engineer and technician, freelance photographer and restaurant entrepreneur.From 1981
through 1988 he volunteered his time as a Junior Achievement advisor and as a J.A. Center
Manager from 1981 until 1996.
It wasn't until 1990 that he decided to return to the air by applying for work at
the station he was involved with at J.A. On January 1, 1991 he began a tenure that lasted
nearly 13 years. At the station he also served for 10 years as the Assistant Chief
Engineer. Budget cuts and mixed motives finally brought about the end on September 11,
Mark's hobbies include photography,
videography, classic cars, motorcycles, boating, old movies, old music and computers. He
finds little tolerance for current TV or radio programming, which was one of the catalysts
for getting his own show on the radio. Current movies also find little favor with Mark,
which he considers to be "all effects, no plot." He thoroughly enjoys Marx
Brothers movies, the old Sci-Fi monster-on-the-loose flicks of the 50's and 60's, and
other classics from all pre-80's decades.
He is the Alternate Spokesman and co-webmaster for his car club, the Classic Nights Car
Club of Monroe, Connecticut.
originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee, a city famous for pork BBQ and great
music, just to mention a couple of things. In the days before television was
available in the mid-South Larry would spend many hours listening to the radio, becoming a
big fan of the various serial radio shows.
The Big Band era slowly gave way to R&B groups, and Rock
and Roll provided a welcome relief to the Country songs that were so prolific in the area
during the late 1940s. The armory (where the Memphis Belle sat on display) was
the scene of many dances, and big names rolled through Memphis on a fairly regular basis.
Sprinkled throughout Memphis and the surrounding area were
various night clubs and road houses where the local talent could try out their skills.
You could stroll down Union Avenue past Sam Phillips Sun Recording Studios
where the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy
Orbison and Charlie Rich were launched.
Suns catalog of Master
Recordings now exceeds 7,000, including Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, The Dixie Cups, Conway
Twitty, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Patti Page, Webb Pierce, the Shangri-Las, Ricky
Skaggs, Randy Travis and many others.
Dewey Phillips (no relation to Sam Phillips) was given a shot
at broadcasting in October 1949 when he started the Red, Hot and Blue program
which was broadcast from the magazine (mezzanine) level of the Chisca Hotel.
Daddy-O Dewey was famous for making up words (Deegawwwww),
talking over records, cracking jokes, mispronouncing the sponsors name, and encouraging
customers to say when they walked in the door, Phillips sent me! People
would tune in just to see what Dewey was going to say next. In 1954 Phillips played
the first Elvis record ever recorded, Thats Alright Mama and the face of
the music industry changed forever.
These were the roots of Larrys love of music, dance and
radio. The years beyond those early days in Memphis brought Larry to New York (1962)
and eventually Connecticut (1990). Over those years, Larrys accomplishments
include Ballroom Dance Competitor, award winning amateur photographer, 5 children, 10
grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Various careers include IBM, Chase
Manhattan Bank, and The NASDAQ Stock Market.
It was during the Fall of 1994 that Larry tuned in to
Sock Hop Saturday Night for the first time. On the other end of that
radio dial Mark Edwards was slowly turning back the hands of time for Larry. Acting
on impulse, Larry picked up the phone and made his first request, Hello
Stranger. It was the beginning of a relationship that eventually brought
Larry to become a part of Marks Sock Hop Saturday Night creation. Larry is
extremely proud to be associated with one of the finest radio programs ever to be
it can be said with great certainty, is the only SHSN staff member to have been
hatched from an egg in Boston, Massachusetts (her mom refuses to accept responsibility).
Maintaining a constant age of 18 due to a time warp she still somehow managed to grow up
in the Hartford, Connecticut area during the 50's and early 60's. It was there that she
discovered Gene Pitney and began a campaign of pestering the WDRC DJ's until they relented
and taught her how to write the programs for the various shows.
Soon it was back to the Bean-Town area where she graduated from Wellesley High
School at age 18, followed by continuing education at Manhattanville College in Purchase,
New York at age 18. Majoring in Psych and English she claims her best papers were done
with oldies blasting and the first draft doubling as the finished project.
She spent the following ten years in White Plains, New York, working in the moving
business and relocation fields. This is where she met Gil and they were married in 1983
when she was 18. Son Timothy and a move to Vero Beach, Florida followed shortly after.
Their second son Andrew arrived on the scene 5 years later when Rosemary was 18 years old.
While in Vero they attended the spring training games of the L.A. Dodgers and summer games
of the Vero Beach Dodgers. Both Tim and Andrew began collecting autographs at age 2 (they
never asked for mine) when Rosemary was 18.
Then came another move, this time to Toronto for seven years where she began to
learn the intricacies of the art of garage sales and thrift shops.
However in 1997, at age 18, she moved back to Virginia where she perfected and
mastered her thrift shopping. Her honors include finding an original Elvis Presley Sun
78RPM disc for a whopping 50 cents on one occasion, and finding herself locked in a thrift
shop after closing hours on another. Yes, she did have some 'splainin' to do for the
police officers who responded to the burglar alarm.
September 8, 2001 was the day she realized one of the dreams of her life....
meeting Gene Pitney. During the performance Gene even mentioned that Rosemary was
there from Virginia, still age 18. Her cousin had sent her son early the morning ticket
sales started to get them aisle seats in the 6th row. On the way home to Virginia she
decided to drive through New York City because her son Andrew had never seen the World
Trade Center buildings. Two days later they were gone.
In March 2003 she took a less-than-elegant swan dive off a ladder shattering her
elbow and requiring surgery. But before consented to surgery she made sure that she would
still be able to attend a Gene Pitney concert the following week. Gil drove up and back
through a horrific, blinding blizzard while Rosemary slept, awakening only for the
In 2006, on her 18th birthday, she began a second radio career (in addition to
being Sock Hop's Associate Producer) with remotes and studio work at her local Virginia
It was in 2007 after 23 years of being a stay-at-home mom she returned to work full
time at a stockbrokers office while continuing her radio careers, all at age 18.
Although Gil now works in New Market, Ontario, Canada, this doesn't stop her from
maintaining a long distance marriage with several road trips up north, burning up the
highways and byways with the "tunes" blasting all the way.
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