J. Ardell is C. E.O. of Mark Media Radio Stations. He graduated “magna cum laude” from High Point University with a BS degree. He began his radio career in the 1950’s with WBUY, Lexington, N. C. He founded WKYK in 1967. Over the years he was involved in the ownership and operation of a dozen other stations including WTOE, Spruce Pine, WISE, Asheville, WTZQ, Hendersonville along with stations in the Charlotte, N.C. market and the Greenville and Charleston, S. C. markets. He has been active over the years in many civic and community groups and believes in trying to make a difference for our listeners, advertisers and the communities we serve. His “Point of View” is heard daily on WKYK and WTOE. J. Ardell and wife Remelle have three children, seven grand children and 12 great- grand children. Hobbies include reading, travel and a koi fish pond.