Mark Riley is an award-winning broadcast journalist with 30+ years of experience hosting and directing news/talk radio programs in the #1 Media market –New York City.
He is known for his adept skill to recall facts and statistics ranging from politics to pop culture, and he is considered a pioneer of African American broadcast journalists .
Mark’s first on-air radio opportunity was as host of the public affairs program Urban Notebook. With his broad knowledge base and sharp debate skills, the program skyrocketed in popularity throughout the New York tri-state area. In 1986, Riley moved to the prime time morning slot and broadcast live from the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
Since that time, Riley has worked his way up through a spectrum of roles including writer, editor, managing editor, executive editor, and program director.
During his tenure as program director (New York’s WLIB (1190 AM 1992-1996), Riley identified the diversity of his target audience and set out to establish more balance between the African American and Caribbean dimensions of the station’s programming. Riley also forged the station’s efforts to enhance listener awareness in the political arena, anchoring full coverage of all Democratic and Republican conventions since 1990, as well as coverage of both Democratic Inaugurals in Haiti.
At WLIB, he is known for 30 years of consistently bringing A-list guests to his microphone; often giving voice to dignitaries and accomplished celebrities whom otherwise would not be heard.
In 2004, when WLIB changed formats, Mark joined the Air America Radio network where he co-hosted the syndicated ‘Morning Sedition’ along with comedian Marc Maron. Morning Sedition still maintains a loyal following to this day.
When Air America Radio closed, Mark Riley returned to the news/talk format at WWRL 1600 where he once again led Morning Drive.
Television & Radio
In addition to radio, Riley is a popular TV political analyst with frequent appearances on television.
Riley has also appeared as a commentator on BET, CNN, The Charles Grodin Show, CNN’s Reporters Roundtable, the Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes, The CBS Early Show, and MSNBC.
International credits include work as a frequent contributor for BBC Radio and a documentary producer for the BBC2 in London.TV Credits (Political Pundit): The Lou Dobbs Show/CNN * WCBS Mornings * The Fox News Channel * New York 1 News * BBC Radio London * BBC Up All Night * BBC Live at Five * Channel 4 UK * The Tavis Smiley Show/BET * Both Sides with Jesse Jackson * The Charles Grodin Show * Caribbean Lifestyles TV
Appearances: VH1s NY77 The Coolest Year in Hell/Dir. Henry Corra; A Decade Under The Influence/Dir. Gini Reticker; Love Saves The Day/Author Tim Lawrence