Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host


Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB FM Radio 91 in 2008 as a volunteer, hosting Saturday mornings. He eventually took over as weekday Afternoon host, later taking on the duties of weekday Morning host as well. Mark continues to host the weekday Morning and Afternoon drive times, and has a lot of fun doing it. 

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Brian Elie is featuring some songs from Allan Thomas' new CD, Two Sides to Every Story!

Brian's World airs on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

A new novel about the war in Iraq has already been sold in eight languages… and it won’t even be published until later this month.

All Things Considered airs weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

Co-founder of Sire records Seymour Stein discovered Talking Heads, The Ramones and signed Madonna, and Ice T. Also -- Jim Gavin, the creator of the new AMC series Lodge 49, about a bereaved surfer named Dud who stumbles upon a declining fraternal order like the Elks.  Join us.

Check out the sound of new Nashville today on the World Cafe! Liz Cooper & The Stampede have just released a debut that showcases their take on 21st-century psychedelia, called Window Flowers. Liz was brought up on the music of the Grateful Dead, and after teaching herself how to play guitar, developed an intricate, looping style that's made her one of the most distinctive guitarists in the city's rock scene. We'll hear some of that in today's live performance. And Liz joins Nashville correspondent Ann Powers to talk about everything from golf to the hippie movement. 

America's TEACH Grant program was created to reward promising young educators for teaching high-need subjects in low-income schools. But many have had their grants unfairly converted to loans due to mismanagement and errors. Did the Department of Education know, years ago, that thousands had been hurt by these mistakes?  And what will happen to the many who are still stuck with big bills they didn't expect to pay?

This week on Milk Street Radio, how to cut up a cow, with New York butchers Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest, junk food taxes, good or bad? Plus, a Recipe for Armenian Grilled Pork with Pepper Sauce.

Milk Street Radio can be heard Sunday nights at 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM. / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 

This American Life is heard every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / Streaming @ / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / On-demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes App Store & Google Play!

We feature Terry’s interview with David Sedaris, recorded after the publication of his book of diary entries, which is now out in paperback.  Entries include the life-changing broadcast of his “Santaland Diaries”, cleaning houses for a living, getting sober, and the deaths of his mother and sister.  Join us.  

Courtney Marie Andrews left home at age 16 to pursue music. She spent years touring the country and learning how to get by on her own, which involved sleeping at rest stops and gas stations, and releasing records between bartending shifts. In April, Courtney joined host Talia Schlanger to share stories from her journey and perform songs from the new album, May Your Kindness Remain, live in the studio. Courtney Marie Andrews, on this encore edition of the World Cafe.

For this special American Routes program, we follow the lives of two giants of jazz: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. From their humble North Carolina beginnings to their triumphs on the world stage, we’ll trace their individual and inspired paths to creativity. 

And we’ll visit with the musicians who played with the greats, including McCoy Tyner and Pharoah Sanders, and the next generation, TS Monk and Ravi Coltrane.

Chicago Tribune

Is Chicago the most violent city in America?  After one of the most riotous weekends in several years, including over 70 shootings and a dozen homicides, officials in the city are battling the perception that it's this country's 'murder capital'.  Does the recent grim news in Chicago support this growing view, or does the data tell a different story?  We'll examine the city's tarnished reputation. 

Yes, friends, it's true. Suddenly I realized that I was really unsure of which S.C.D. show came next, which one came after that, and so on. Obviously, the inevitable consequence of preparing shows so far in advance of broadcast. So, as someone said many years ago, even before the dim past day when a life in radio seemed sort of possible, "What to do, Missa Upton?" The answer came to me, as clear as any revelation from the Beyond...put the names of all existing S.C.D. shows in a hat, quickly draw them out one at a time and jot them down in your datebook. And so...the Friday, Aug.

The guest this week on Art of the Song is renaissance man, Joe Crookston. He is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Joe served as Folk Alliance International’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence, and his songs are being made into films. Joe Crookston is a master storyteller seeking the creative edge. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for well-written songs.  

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NASA is about to launch a spacecraft to probe the sun. And in the west, there's a fight over whether utilities should pay when their equipment starts fires.

All Things Considered airs weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

We hear from Franklin Foer. His new article How ICE went Rogue is the cover story of the new edition of The Atlantic magazine.  The article is also about the booming industry of private detention centers for immigrants rounded up by ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  

Nick Lowe has been making music for over 50 years, with highlights like "Cruel to Be Kind" and "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding," which his friend and longtime collaborator Elvis Costello famously covered. Lately, the instrumental rockabilly band Los Straightjackets has been backing Lowe on tour, and it was only natural they'd record an album together. They're all in the studio today to play a live set from the new EP, Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside. And in a conversation with host Stephen Kallao, Lowe reflects on his long career and, in the process, shares a lot of wisdom.

Wall Street Journal

President Trump is increasing the pressure on China over trade, unveiling a new round of tariffs this week. Trump's tariffs would complete his threat to impose 50 billion dollars of import taxes on Chinese goods. How will the President's economic strategy affect China in the short and long terms, and how will Americans potentially feel the pain of this hard-line trade policy?


Slap on some white base, don your best black and groove to the dark sounds of Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Joy Division, 45 Grave, Dead Can Dance, Swans, and more. Gothic rock, sometimes called Death Rock, is known for its obsession with death, horror and generally macabre lyrics. Musically, goth draws from punk, glam, art rock, dance, psychedelic and world music. We'll also look back at the roots of goth with Nico, The Velvet Underground, and The Doors. 

In early 1970, Booker T Jones was on sabbatical in California having grown disillusioned with the confines of Stax Records and Memphis, when he heard The Beatles’ latest effort, Abbey Road. So moved was he by the Beatles’ genius and daring, that he sat down and drafted his own Memphis-style tribute to the group. The album, released later that same year, is titled McLemore Avenue, after the street where Stax’s studio and headquarters were located.

This week on the eTown airwaves we’re joined by Americana/folk band Hiss Golden Messenger, whose sound is deeply influenced by country, soul, blues, and rock. We’re very excited to have them on the show for the first time. Also with us are accomplished songwriters Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and Herb Pedersen. Rounding things out, we have a conversation with renowned paleontologist, explorer, and author Dr. Kenneth Lacovara.


With record-setting wildfires in California, we'll ask, is there a better way to fight them?

Hear Morning Edition weekday mornings from 6:00 am - 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Jennifer Fox, the writer-director of the Emmy nominated HBO film The Tale, based on her experience being sexually abused at age 13 by her running coach. It took her years to realize that the story she told herself then—that this was a relationship based on love—was really a story of child sexual abuse. 

Jill Sternheimer of the Lincoln Center and World Cafe's Nashville correspondent Ann Powers just released a list of the 200 Greatest Songs of the 21st Century by women and non-binary artists. It's part of NPR Music's "Turning the Tables" project, meant to change the way we talk about popular music. Seventy music writers got to weigh in with their picks, which include names you know – like Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Jill Scott – and those you might not – like Kaki King and Jamila Woods. Host Talia Schlanger takes us through the list for some great listening, on the next World Cafe.

Racial profiling in Oakland, California has been a chronic problem. The city's troubled police department has been under federal oversight for more than 15 years. But discrimination by police during routine traffic stops is still happening. Despite sweeping reforms, including data collection to better track all stops, there's mounting frustration that improved tracking has not led to real change.

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Millions of relics of Black Americana are being stored on a property in the California desert. We'll look at how an enormous collection came to be.

All Things Considered airs weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

Terry Gross talks with David Kirkpatrick, a New York Times international correspondent based in London.  We’ll also discuss his new book, about covering the Egyptian revolution and subsequent coup, when Kirkpatrick was Cairo Bureau chief.  It’s also about the Obama administration’s response. Join us.

Jim Lauderdale has been a staple of Nashville’s music scene for over thirty years, releasing dozens of solo albums and writing for the likes of George Strait and Patti Loveless. In 2016, he was awarded the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, but he wasn’t ready to stop there. Jim is back this year with two new records: a new studio album called Time Flies, and a collection of songs recorded with mandolin player, Roland White, nearly 40 years ago.

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President Trump has been outspoken about his thoughts on the Mueller investigation, often referring to is as a 'witch hunt'.  His nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, has expressed skepticism about the judiciary's power to investigate the President.  Kavanaugh's broad views could have important consequences for the special counsel's investigation.

Steve Earle & the Dukes, The Mastersons, The Sherman Holmes Project, Bil Lepp, and Steelism, this week on Mountain Stage.

Punch Brothers are the quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher.

Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour can be heard every Monday at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!