Dial Global's Mark Samansky Passes
April 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS sends its sincerest condolences out to the family and friends of DIAL GLOBAL Classic Rock Format personality MARK SAMANSKY, who passed away this morning following a stroke and cerebral aneurysm on SATURDAY (4/2).
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
On top of his DIAL GLOBAL work, MARK most recently produced the GREG KIHN SHOW for DIAL GLOBAL RADIO NETWORKS. MARK's career includes stops as morning man at ENTERCOM Classic Hits KQMT/DENVER, and he was half of the BAXTER & MARK duo from former Rocker WDIZ/ORLANDO.
DIAL GLOBAL Classic Rock, Digital 24/7 PD ADAM FENDRICH told ALL ACCESS, "MARK first joined me in 2006 after leaving the morning co-host slot at KQMT. Rarely a week would go by when we wouldn't receive a call or e-mail from a listener or friend of MARK's, wondering how he got on their radio station so far from the large markets where he became famous. MARK was also the producer of THE GREG KIHN SHOW in the latter half of its syndication with DIAL GLOBAL. Despite his professional dependability, MARK possessed the mind of a demented 16 year old who was obsessed with the odd and uncomfortable. MARK was also a talented guitarist and synthesizer player. His love of rock and musicology were only surpassed by the love for his wife of more than two decades, KAREN."
LARRY THE CABLE GUY, noted, "The Radio world lost one of the funniest, quickest and most knowledgeable jocks ever today. MARK SAMANSKY (or as I called him, OLE MARKY BOY), will be missed more than he would ever know. I enjoyed every second of my time on the air with him over the years on WDIZ and WJRR in ORLANDO, and when it came to making me laugh nobody could do it better. Mark has supplied me with some of my greatest memories. He was a master at what he did and to this day I still tell SAMANSKY stories to people. I will miss him. He's was and is still to me and many people in CENTRAL FLORIDA one of the funniest, best, and most talented on air talents of all time. Well miss ya Mark. I love you and so does everyone you ever came in contact with. Long live the memories of WDIZ and MARK SAMANSKY. Great times indeed."
And, GREG KIHN added, "MARK was not only a great radio guy, he was a wonderful person, a class act all the way. I already miss him. He made radio sound good."