Mark Evans Austad (April 1, 1917 – October 20, 1988)

Mark Evans Austad (April 1, 1917 – October 20, 1988), was an American radio and television commentator in Washington D.C. (under the name Mark Evans),"Good Heavens, It's Mark Evans" and served under the Ford administration as United States Ambassador to Finland in 1975 to 1977 and under the Reagan administration as United States Ambassador to Norway from 1981 to 1984. WIKIPEDIA Austad passed up law school for an opportunity to work in radio as an announcer with KSL in Salt Lake City in 1941. He was soon drafted into the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps for service during World War II. To treat a pre-existing knee injury, he was sent to Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington D.C., where he was also assigned to the hospital's public address system referred to as WRGH. Among his duties was hosting a weekly program with prominent Washington personalities, such as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In late 1942 Austad also worked part-time for WWDC and then full-time upon his military discharge in 1945. After two years, he moved to the CBS station WTOP where he succeeded Arthur Godfrey on his own morning show. Starting in 1960, Austad became a commentator at WTTG television and in 1961 he became vice president of public affairs at Metropolitan Broadcasting Company, later called Metromedia, where he stayed until 1981. During this time he continued to host other television shows such as "Panorama Potomac", "Face to Face", "The Mark Evans Show", and "Opinion in the Capitol", which he hosted for 25 years. He was also involved with television documentaries, including an award-winner on pollution called 1985, several on world topics, and one on his visit with Albert Schweitzer. Mark Evans Austad at

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