An Interview with Marcus in the Morning

by Michael R Dougherty
(California)


For years, Marcus Lewis was Marcus in the Morning on Anchorage, Alaska radio.


Anchorage Alaska Memories interviewed Marcus to find out his deepest, darkest secrets - but we quickly discovered that he doesn't have any. At least none he would share with us. But here's what we did learn.


Anchorage Alaska Memories - Mike and Mary

Marcus, what was your first job ever?


Marcus

My very first job was working on a golf course - something I do now part-time.


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How did you get started in radio?


Marcus

My first radio job was in Spokane, Washington in 1968.


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Where did the idea for "Marcus in the Morning" come from?


Marcus

"Marcus" was a nickname given to me by my uncle when I was a toddler. So I went on the air as "Marcus in the Morning" which I thought sounded better than "Toddler in the Morning."


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What was your favorite part of doing "Marcus in the Morning?"


Marcus

The favorite thing for me at KFQD in Anchorage was talking to the listeners on-air and punching in sound effects and laugh tracks.


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What were some of your favorite "Marcus in the Morning" stunts?


Marcus

My favorite radio adventures were looking for the Lockness Monster in Westchester Lagoon, boxing heavyweight Jerry Quarry, and playing trombone in the Susitna Valley High School Band in the Fur Rondy parade.


Anchorage Alaska Memories - Mike and Mary

You starred in the Alaska movie, "Double-Oh-Marcus; The Spy Who Flubbed Me" - tell us about making that movie.


Marcus

My favorite part of making the movie "Double-Oh-Marcus" were the retakes and the scenes that made me look like Inspector Clouseau.


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Marcus, would you like to say to your "Marcus in the Morning" radio fans?


Marcus


To my listeners and followers, thank you for all the love you've shown me for over 40 years. God Bless you.


A Note from Mike

A big thank you to Marcus Lewis for taking the time to talk with us here on Anchorage Memories.


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