Mark Riley

MR.-Radio-headshot.Large_Host of The Mark Riley Show
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm (EST)

Mark Riley is an award-winning broadcast journalist with 40+ years of experience hosting and directing radio programs and pioneering media strategies that attract a loyal, diverse audience. In addition to his work as a broadcaster, Mark has achieved great accomplishments in political consulting, media training, and writing for print, web, radio and TV. Mark was most recently the morning drive host at New York City’s WWRL 1600 AM, and he is also known as the former host The Air Americans, on the liberal talk radio network Air America Radio.  Riley was also employed by WLIB 1190AM in New York City, where he worked for 33 years as a broadcast journalist, program director and air personality. Currently he can be heard as a contributor on BBC Radio and is seen regularly on New York 1 News Reporter Roundtable. His first radio opportunity was as host of the public affairs program Urban Notebook, which 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 1992-1996 tenure as program director of New York’s WLIB (1190 AM), Riley identified the diversity of his New York City audience and set out to establish more balance between the African American and Caribbean dimensions of the station’s programming. Riley also pioneered 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.

Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, David Dinkins, Harry Belafonte, President Barack Obama, Dave Brubeck, Regina Spektor, Richie Havens, Michael McKean/Annette O’Toole, Jeff Daniels, Mike Ditka, Judy Gold, Margaret Cho, Congressman Charles Rangel,

Noteworthy Exclusive Interviews

Bernie Sanders, Paul Taylor, Ron Carter , and many more

Recognition / Community

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

Speaking Engagements: Experienced in delivering themed presentations at local and international venues, like New York University, New Rochelle High School, Langston Hughes Library in Queens and Circle of Sisters NYC.

Community: Community Chest of Englewood Board Member; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Vestry Member & Usher Guild; and Local and National Drum & Bugle Corps Volunteer.

Awards: Bronx Community Pulitzer, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Paul Robeson Contribution, O.D.D.A.N.Y, MLK Community Through Media and more.

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