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E. Markham Bench

A Californian by birth, Mark graduated from Brigham Young University in 1964, married, and began a career in both radio and television broadcasting. While the Bench family made Scarsdale, New York its home, Mark worked in both radio and television local and national sales, becoming national sales manager, general sales manager, then Vice President and General Manager of a major New York FM radio station, WRFM.

Mark was a member of the executive committee of the New York City radio general managers who constructed a new multi-station radio antenna atop the Empire State Building, involving detailed negotiations with Helmsley attorneys. He was Chairman of New York Market Radio Broadcasters Association and their Marketing Chairman for a record 10 years.

He served as a federal registered lobbyist in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters FM radio broadcasting industry for a number of years, working to achieve parity for the FM band.

He has served as Chairman of Training with both the International Media Fund and the International Research and Exchange Board to strategize and develop the U.S. private broadcaster consultantsí role in Central and Eastern Europe for the development of newly-licensed, private-sector radio station personnel. He has served in this role in Bulgaria, Romania, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. He has also conducted training seminars in Costa Rica and Panama for the State Department.

Prior to Mark's serving as Mayor of Scarsdale from '99 to '01, he served for four years as a Trustee, for one year as Deputy Mayor, Police Commissioner, Chairman of the Finance Committee, member of the Municipal Services Committee, and liaison to the Ethics Board.

Following two years as an international broadcast management consultant, Mark joined World Press Freedom Committee, located near Washington, DC, as its executive director. He is married and lives in White Plains, NY. He and his wife have 4 grown children.


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