Stephen Marks started his broadcasting career at the age of 17 as a copy writer at WINX in Rockville, Md. While there, he was able to learn enough to pass the FCC 3rd class with number 9 endorsement license test. His early career was spent in radio holding positions from marketing to management.
That included working with Mutual Broadcasting Systems (MBS) in Affiliate Programming and Syndication, after graduating in 1973 from American University in Washington D.C.
In 1983, he acquired 51 percent of Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corporation in Alpena, Mich. Today, as a 100-percent shareholder, he still serves as President/CEO of WBKB-TV.
His other Michigan stations include Lake Superior Community Broadcasting, WBUP-TV/WBKP-TV and Houghton Community Broadcasting, WOLV-FM, WHKB-FM, and WCCY-AM. Under the DBA of The Marks Group, he holds a total of 5 television stations and 14 radio stations.
His Michigan stations fund two student scholarships with MAB Foundation.