Master of Ceremonies, Voice of the Colorado Buffaloes
Mark Johnson is in his fifteenth year as the “Voice of the Buffs” handling play-by-play duties for all University of Colorado football and basketball broadcasts on the Colorado Football and Basketball Networks. In the summer of 2017 Johnson joined the CU Athletic Department as the Buffaloes’ Director of Broadcasting. In this role, he hosts various television and radio shows, podcasts, makes personal appearances, and does voiceover work for the university. Previously, Johnson was the Sports Director of Denver radio station, KOA, Newsradio. He also does television and radio work for various national and regional networks in the Rocky Mountain Region and across the country.
Prior to coming to Colorado, Johnson spent three years as the "Voice of the Orange" for Syracuse University football and men’s basketball. He was at the microphone when former Denver Nugget, Carmelo Anthony, led the Orange to the 2003 National Championship. In addition to his game broadcast duties, Johnson also hosted the weekly Jim Boeheim and Paul Pasqualoni call in shows, Syracuse Sidelines television show and served as the ISP-SU Radio Network affiliate liaison. He also was a frequent speaker and emcee for numerous local charitable, civic group and Rotary Club functions.
Before his time in Syracuse he was the Sports Director for WJBC radio in Bloomington, IL and play-by-play announcer for four years at Illinois State University and earned three Silver Dome Awards for best play-by play broadcast in the state of Illinois.
Johnson also worked two years announcing for the University of North Dakota football and basketball programs and was a talk show host and play-by-play announcer for three years at WASK-AM and WKOA-FM in Lafayette, Ind.
Although, his vocation as sportscaster reflects a life-long love of sports; the past decade Johnson has been called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to various churches, men’s groups and conferences throughout the region. His message has been to encourage men to live lives of integrity, commitment, and responsibility.
Johnson also is heavily involved in numerous charity and community organizations serving as an emcee and guest speaker. In recent years he has been a guest-host on numerous Christian television shows on the Daystar and Trinity Broadcasting networks. He frequently serves as guest speaker at various men’s groups and churches.
In 2015 Johnson became the President of the Evergreen Rodeo Association in Evergreen, Colorado serving a one year term. His involvement in rodeo, continues a life-long love of horses and the Western way-of-life. When not working or speaking, Johnson enjoys spending time with his family, riding his horses and hunting & fly fishing.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from North Dakota in 1992.
He and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Nicolas and Jacob, and a daughter, Halle…who is married to former Navy Corpsman, John Mathues.