About the Host
Mark Forsythe heeded the call move to move west from Ontario in 1974. Fresh out of London's Fanshawe College, he stepped off the 'Rupert Rocket' at Smithers in the Bulkley Valley, learned the ropes in private radio and later became Program Director at CJCI Radio in Prince George.
After joining CBC Radio at Prince Rupert in 1984, he hosted and produced the regional afternoon and morning programs. When CBC Radio established bureaus in Prince George and Kelowna, Mark moved to the Okanagan to co-host Daybreak then to CBC Vancouver in 1990 where he hosted The Afternoon Show for five years, and has anchored B.C. Almanac since 1996.
Mark released the British Columbia Almanac (Arsenal 2001) with net proceeds directed to B.C. Children's Hospital. The B.C. Almanac Book of Greatest British Columbians followed (Harbour 2005, with colleague Greg Dickson), with royalties going to Friends of the B.C. Archives. Their next collaboration was 2008's The Trail of 1858 which chronicled the B.C. gold rush (proceeds to the B.C. Historical Federation). A new book project is underway that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the launch of WW I from a B.C. perspective. Mark was co-winner of a Webster Award and has won RTNDA awards.
Passions include: reading and writing - with a focus on B.C. authors (occasional columnist with B.C. Bookworld), running, cycling, fly fishing, photography, plucking guitar. He lives in Fort Langley with his wife Cat.