Mark Samansky

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Mark Samansky

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Mark Samansky


Orlando (Fla.)
Disc jockeys--United States
Shock radio
Radio--United States
Rock music--United States


Mark Samansky, a popular radio personality, a pioneering DJ, and one of the earliest "shock jocks" in Orlando, Florida. He was half of the iconic “Baxter and Mark Show," which aired from 5:30 am to 10:00 am weekdays on 100.3 WDIZ-FM, from 1983 to 1992. Known for his twisted and irreverent sense of humor, extensive knowledge of rock music, and musical parodies, Samansky performed on-air and at various small Orlando venues, Samansky was a staple of rock radio in the region for 20 years.

Samansky's radio career began in 1976 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before he moved to Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; and finally, Houston, Texas, where he began a hit show with fellow disc jockey Alan Baxter, "The Baxter and Mark Show," which they brought to Orlando in 1983. The show was the #1 rated radio show among adults 18 to 34 years old in Orlando for a period. Samansky left the show in 1992 and moved to 740 WWNZ-AM in Orlando, where he remained until he was fired in 1993 for an off-color comment he made on-air. He next moved to the Orlando classic-rock station 96.5 WHTQ-FM, experiencing a ratings-topping summer in 1996 among 25- to 54-year-olds. Samansky later served a one-year stint at 101.1 WJRR-FM in 2000 alongside Larry the Cable Guy, and helped produce the future-famous comedian's first album. Samansky passed away in 2011.


Dolan, Mick


Original black and white photograph: Private Collection of Mick Dolan.

Date Created

ca. 1983-1991


Dolan, Mick

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Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph.

Is Part Of

Rock Collection, Central Florida Music History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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WDIZ-FM, Orlando, Florida

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Copyright to this resource is held by Mick Dolan and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Cravero, Geoffrey

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Private Collection of Mick Dolan

External Reference

Brewster, Bill, and Frank Broughton. Last Night a Dj Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey. New York: Grove Press, 2000.
Neer, Richard. FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio. New York: Villard Books, 2001.
Willis, Nicole A. "Mark Samansky: Radio antics hooked his audience." Orlando Sentinel (April 6, 2011). (accessed May 28, 2015).

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Dolan, Mick. “Mark Samansky.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed October 5, 2022,



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