Philadelphia’s NBC 10 has reported that local radio legend Sid Mark passed away on Monday night at the age of 88. The cause of his death has not been revealed.
From soldier to legendary radio personality
The news outlet explained that the veteran DJ native first got into broadcasting during the early 1950s while serving with the United States Army.
He subsequently began working at the Philadelphia radio station WHAT, a station that would later be known as WWDB.
One day in 1956, Mark found himself being asked to fill in for a regular DJ who had not come to work and decided to play songs from two Frank Sinatra albums.
That led to a syndicated program on KFRC-AM San Francisco’s Magic 61 called “Saturday With Sinatra” along with weekend shows on WWDB and New York’s WPAT-FM.
Other broadcasts hosted by Mark included “Friday With Frank” as well as “Sunday With Sinatra” and “The Music Machine.”
The radio personality became synonymous with Sinatra’s music, reportedly playing up to 150 of the singer’s songs per week. According to NBC 10, Mark and his wife were able to meet Sinatra in 1966 when they were flown to Las Vegas and had dinner with the fellow New Jersey native.
Fan express sadness and share fond memories of Mark on social media
Mark’s prominence as a broadcaster continued to grow, and he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in 2001.
Fans of Mark reacted with sadness to news of his passing with some posting tributes on social media. One Twitter user wrote, “Fridays with Frank and Sundays with Sinatra were staples of my life for years.”
“And Sid Mark was always such a gentleman on the air with a love for Frank. Rest In Peace Mr. Mark and thank you for the years of entertainment.”
Another fan said, “I’m going to miss Sid Mark who passed away today at age 88. Sid was a major reason that I became a fan of Mr. S, Frank Sinatra. RIP.”
The Philly Voice reported that Mark is survived by his wife Judy, his children Andy, Eric, Brian, and Stacey along with his grandson Jason.