Show Host Profile
Mark Middaugh of Cornucopia
It’s one of KTAL Radio’s most popular music shows, and Mark lives up to its intent live every Friday evening, filling the airwaves with an eclectic Cornucopia of jazz, blues and rock. Mark’s playlists are deep, so most listeners also receive a music education.
A sonic richness characterizes Mark’s on-air work due in large part to his at-home music vault and his ability to make those 1,400 CD’s sing. “A CD is like a book with different chapters and so many stories,” he notes.
“Music is the only friend until the end,” says Mark, quoting Friedrich Nietzsche and revealing his penchant for philosophy. Nietzsche and rocker-poet Jim Morrison of The Doors “reflected the rebellious period of my younger years, when music was my escape, my own world.”
Mark, a former tenor sax player, keeps adding to his jazz portfolio, but not to the rock side of his collection, because, in his opinion, “Rock died in 1976, and that’s where my collection quits.”
Being an audiophile is yet another passion for Mark, whose home in the midst of historic old Mesilla is equipped with a set of first-generation Klipsch studio speakers, tipping his cap to Paul Klipsch of the NMSU School of Engineering.
Before moving to Mesilla in 2016, Mark worked as a DJ for KURU-FM, community radio for Silver City. Mark is also an avid cyclist! This man on the go is a Dallas native who shares his love with his partner Teresa and their adorable butterscotch Chihuahua, Eddie.
Mark's program Cornucopia airs exclusively on KTAL-LP, live on Friday evenings from 7 to 9 PM and rebroadcast on Tuesdays from 10 PM to 12 midnight.