Tom Marr began his career in radio at WWDC AM in Washington D.C. doing a high school sports show. Tom graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. When his service obligation ended Tom began working in radio full time.
His early years as a newsman found Tom working at Radio and TV stations in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Virginia. In the spring of 1967, he joined the award winning news team of WFBR Radio in Baltimore and remained at the station for more than two decades. In addition to his on air duties as a news anchor and reporter, Tom did extensive work for CBS Radio Sports covering the Baltimore Orioles, Colts, and Bullets during the late 60's and early 70's. In 1979, Tom became part of the Baltimore Oriole radio play-by-play team and stayed in that position until l986. After the 86 season, the Orioles sold their radio rights to another station and Tom remained at WFBR and began a successful career as a talk-show host.
Tom and a number of his fellow hosts joined WCBM Radio in 1988 when WFBR was sold and changed to a music format. Tom remained at WCBM until 1996. He joined the talk line up at WWDB in Philadelphia before returning two years later signing an unprecedented 10 year contract with WCBM.
In 2002-2003, Tom hosted an evening show on the legendary WOR 710 AM. He did that show from his home studio in Baltimore as he maintained his morning show on WCBM
During his years as a radio newsman, Tom broke many stories including a number that had national significance. Tom has taken his talk show on the road to Israel 6 times, The Republic of China, Ireland, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bosnia. In July 2006, he spent three weeks in Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar with Coalition Forces. That same year he did his show for a week from Guantanamo Bay Cuba. He has also practiced his craft with assignments to Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and South Africa.
Tom was named one of the top 100 talk show hosts in America for 7 straight years by Talkers Magazine. He also serves as fill-in host for Mark Levin's syndicated radio show and other hosts such as Lou Dobbs. He has appeared on CNN,FOX and MSNBC.
Tom and his wife Sharon live in Baltimore County, Maryland and maintain a residence in Lee County, Florida. Tom now has studio facilities at both locations. Tom and Sharon, a retired Baltimore City Police detective, have five children and 10 grand children
News Release - July 15, 2008
WCBM Radio 680 AM Baltimore
The owner of WCBM Radio, Nick Mangione, has announced that he and the station's veteran talk show host, Tom Marr, have agreed to an extension of Tom's original no-cut contract through the year 2012. Marr first signed a ten year no-cut deal in September of 1997. It was then extended until 2009. Mangione and Marr reached agreement on the new deal July 3, 2008 and the official announcement was made July10, 2008.
"I am delighted we have reached the agreement on the extension. Tom is still at the top of his game both as a broadcaster in general and talk show host in particular. We are delighted he will be on the air through 2012 with WCBM and he just may decide to stay longer. There will always be room for him in the WCBM family. Tom has a good sense for the business. As an example, he is the first one to suggest that we ad both Sean Hannity and Mark Levin to our line up. Tom has a large following within the reach of our 50 thousand watt transmitter and is building a solid national and international following on WCBM's worldwide reach via the Internet " Mangione said.
Marr who began his career as a high school sports broadcaster on WWDC AM in Washington D.C. in 1960 said "I am deeply honored that Nick and the Mangione Family Enterprises agreed to the extension. I look forward to the challenges ahead for talk radio and its increasing role in the media especially in view of our relationship with the Internet.
There has been this reaction from some of Tom's colleagues in the industry:
Sean Hannity: "Tom is not only a dear friend, but one of the Greatest Talk Radio hosts of all-time!! I am honored to be in the same profession as this GREAT AMERICAN!! Nick Mangione has made a wise decision".
G.Gordon Liddy: “Tom Marr has long been one of my best friends in this business and has been a Tier One talent even longer than that. He speaks to the heart of the conservative movement in our country in a unique voice. Listeners seek him out because they want to hear what he has to say. His new contract shows what a smart businessman Nick Mangione is. Lucky WCBM!”
Mark Levin: "Tom Marr is truly one of the ALL STARS of talk radio. Sincere congratulations to both Tom and WCBM. I am honored to be in the same line-up with Tom. Thank You Nick Mangione".
Dom Giordano (the Big Talker, WPHT Philadelphia): "Tom Marr has been one of my biggest mentors and clearly a Hall of Famer for talk radio entertainment and information. He is a true and principled conservative and a guy with the pulse of places like Baltimore and Philadelphia".
The Dean of Talk Radio Bob Grant, WABC: "In our business Tom is an ALL PRO. I am proud to call him a true friend and colleague. Congratulations are in order for Tom. The big winners are the many WCBM fans who will continue to enjoy rewarding and worthwhile listening.
Michael Smirconish (the Big Talker, WPHT Philadelphia): "This is a win for WCBM and the station's owner, the Mangione Family Enterprises. Tom was Rush before there was a Rush. He is the ultimate professional broadcaster. He is one of the best talk show hosts in the country. I am proud to call him a very good friend. I will always treasure the times we have worked together and look forward to working with him again at anytime".