Mark Howard (Howard Mark Levenson)
Howard Mark Levenson (Mark Howard) died from natural causes on July 24, 2022 at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Howard was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Conard High School in 1975 and from Ithaca College in 1979.
Anyone who knew Howard was aware of his serious passion for sports; he was a “walking encyclopedia” of sports information, and he was fortunate enough to turn his passion into a life-long career.
After college, Howard worked in several cities as a TV sportscaster (using the professional name Mark Howard). In 1986, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and became the weekend sports anchor for WTVF-Channel 5. He held that position until 2002. While still sportscasting at WTVF, Howard started his radio career in 2000 reporting on sports on the morning shows for each of Carl P. Mayfield and Charlie Monk. In 2004, he began his talk radio career as a co-host of the popular Nashville program “The Wake-Up Zone” on 104.5-FM. The Wake-UP Zone became the number 1 ranked radio program in Nashville for the morning time slot and stayed in, or close to, that position for the entire time Howard served as co-host. Throughout his career, Howard was known for his booming voice and his wry sense of humor.
In 2018, Howard was named by The Tennessean newspaper among the top 60 over 60 sports figures who were still working.
Howard is survived by his sons Jack Levenson and Rocco Levenson and his stepchildren Lauren Fisher, Kayla Negron and their mother, Deborah Baker, along with a large and loving family. He is pre-deceased by his mother, Renee K. Rustin.
A memorial service is being planned for early September in Nashville, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Howard’s memory to either of Autism Tennessee https://autismtennessee.wildapricot.org/ or Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue https://www.proverbs1210rescue.org/.