WICHITA, Kansas -- Saturday was a tough day for those of us here at KSN because it was Mark Bogner's last after 23 years in this building.
Fresh faced and fresh out of KU, Mark began his career at KSN in the early 90's -- a kid from Kingman pursuing his dream of doing weather on TV.
"He grew up on a wheat farm," said KSN Chief Meteorologist, Dave Freeman." So Mark has always had a tremendous sense for that part of our audience."
Over the years, he has worked every shift on the schedule for KSN, always with a smile, guiding viewers through the best and worst of kansas weather, including a dangerous tornado that tore through Wichita just one year ago.
"Mark's dedication that day and his willingness to go the extra mile for the folks who were at home counting on us is something that I will always remember," said Freeman.
You don't hear a bad word about Mark and that' s remarkable for a business like broadcasting.
That's what I love about Mark. That's what our viewer's love about Mark," said KSN anchor, Stephanie Bergmann. "He's genuine. He's the real deal. He's nice, he's honest and he's smart so you trust what Mark is telling you."
We've had fun watching Mark's family grow as part of ours and sharing the laughes during the pitfalls of live television.
But what we'll miss here most at KSN is that Mark is just a fun guy to have in the building, making other's better while making our days a little brighter.
We hope he will be back, even if his days are done in front of the green screen, at least to stop by and say hi, shoot the breeze and maybe talk a little bit about the weather.
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