Mark Goodman has been in the Radio and music biz for 35 years. He started in radio in his hometown of Philadelphia at WMMR. In 1978 he became music director of the station. Then in 1980 he moved to NYC to work at WPLJ the number one rock station in New York.
It was 1981 when Mark left WPLJ to join the as yet unknown music video channel called MTV. As one of the 5 original VJs Mark interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney to Sting to Bruce Springsteen. As well as Brian De Palma, Madonna, Billy Idol, Carlene Carter, Mark Knopfler, Journey, Pointer Sisters, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Duran Duran, Jack Nicholson, Paul Shaffer, Phil Collins and Genesis, Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, David Bowie, Tom Petty and so many others. He also hosted several special shows for the channel including “The Week In Rock”, “120 Minutes” and the first show ever syndicated to broadcast by MTV “The Top 20 Video Countdown.”
In the late 80’s Mark began an acting career that saw him working in film, and TV. Goodman appeared in several films including “Man Trouble” the worst film Jack Nicholson ever made and “Don’t Be a Menace To Society When You’re Drinking Your Juice In The Hood” with the Wayans brothers as well as Police Academy 6 (yes there were 6!). On TV Mark could be seen in such shows as “ Married With Children, The Practice, Superman, Vinny And Bobby (Matt Leblanc before friends) and others.
In 1989 Mark returned to radio in LA at the legendary but short lived “The Edge”. Over the next 10 years he worked at stations including KROQ, KMPC-FM (The Edge)and Star 98.7 in Los Angeles as well as Q101 and WLS-FM in Chicago and Mix 96.9 in Phoenix.
Through the 90’s Mark worked hosting several different TV shows and music specials. One show ”Fit TV” ran on cable for years after the final episodes were shot. Mark receives no royalties from the show but is pleased he is still helping people learn how to eat right, exercise more and be open to alternative methods of healing and stress reduction. He is trying to utilize these things in his own life with varying degrees of success.
In 1999, Mark became SVP of Music Programming for Soundbreak.com an internet radio station. He developed the format, hired and trained the air staff, and developed all the special programming which became available for syndication to other sites including British Telecom Open World, As Seen In (Aaron Spelling’s site), and Newgrounds.
After the dot com crash Mark continued his search for the new musical underground. Oddly it presented itself from outer space in the form of satellite radio. Mark was offered a position on Sirius Satellite Radio on their (what else) Big 80’s channel. Since starting there in 2004 Mark has added shows on Classic Rewind (late 70’s through early 90’s rock) and The Spectrum (a lively mix of rock, pop and indy for grownups…which Mark is still considering becoming).
Concurrent with that Goodman’s understanding of the power of combining music and visuals made Mark’s next step in the music business almost a given. Music supervision…putting music in films and TV shows. While he had music supervised several pilots for Fox it was the Touchstone/ABC TV show “Desperate Housewives” which offered Mark his greatest challenge. Mark was tapped as music supervisor to help launch the series.
Developments lately though have allowed Mark to agree with his old pal Jon Bon Jovi who asks “Who says you can’t go home?” In the mid 2000’s Mark did go back home (sort of) on VH1 and VH1 Classic doing interviews and hosting special programs while continuing to broadcast 7 days a week on SiriusXM channels Big 80s, The Spectrum and Classic Rewind.