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Mark Welch was born in Detroit and raised in Fulton, Kentucky. He graduated from Murray State University in 1978 with a degree in Journalism/Radio-TV. Mark caught the "public radio bug" as a student host of Jazz Horizons on WKMS and has enjoyed three tenures as a WKMS staff member – most recently as Program Director from 1999 to 2011. Mark is currently the Director of Community Relations at Murray State University. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Marshall and Luke, and a Great Dane named Sienna. Mark and Karen co-pastor a non-denominational bi-racial church in Murray, manage a Christian bookstore and coffee bar owned by the church, and are involved in campus ministry at Murray State.
Back in the 1980s, The Black Cats Jump was a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on big band music with host Bobby Bryan and co-producer Mark Welch. The series featured some of the great black big band leaders, sidemen, vocalists, and arrangers. The first show aired live on Friday, October 3, 1980. Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch revisit the series for special airings Tuesdays at 9 p.m. during Cafe Jazz.
Cafe Jazz hosts George Eldred and Todd Hill talk about the program and how they re-mastered the series with Mark Welch.