© 2016 by Mark Oliver

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ABOUT XZERO SPORTS

Mark Oliver is an award-winning
sports broadcaster and sports writer
from Hot Springs, Arkansas. Over the
years, his voice has been heard
across many platforms—spanning
television, radio, print and online
media throughout the United States.

 

Oliver attended Mountain Pine High
School, where he played second base
for the Red Devils' varsity baseball
team and dreamed of a career as a
professional athlete.

 

While attending the University of Central Arkansas, Oliver discovered a new passion—sports broadcasting. With invaluable guidance from mentors Monty Rowell and Steve Owens, Oliver received extraordinary opportunities to grow and learn a new side of the games he loved. His interest in radio quickly landed him a job at “The Bear” 91.3 KUCA FM, where he would lend his voice to UCA Bears baseball and basketball broadcasts.
 

At KUCA, Oliver met Levi Gilbert, another young sports mind, and the two young men collaborated to produce the station’s longest-running and most-successful sports talk program, The Sports Beat, for more than 250 episodes. The show covered national sports topics, UCA athletics and local sports teams and players.
 

Oliver graduated from UCA in 2009 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Writing and began working at Noalmark Broadcasting in Hot Springs, where he served as Production Director and on-air personality at 105.9 KLAZ FM and the play-by-play voice of Lake Hamilton baseball and softball.
 

In 2010, Oliver became the play-by-play voice of Fountain Lake football, where his unique, energetic style earned him the 2017 Sully Award for the best broadcast play call in Arkansas. Oliver and his partner, Tracy Simpson, can be heard calling the Cobras each fall on 92.9 KVRE FM in Hot Springs Village.
 

For several years, Oliver has also contributed many articles and feature stories to 501 LIFE Magazine's print and online publications in Conway, bringing light to many great athletes and organizations in some of the state's smallest communities.

 

In 2017, Oliver created XZero Sports as a way to not only continue his story, but to share the stories of the many great athletes who make Arkansas sports so special. Since its inception, Oliver has provided play-by-play coverage for Braves Baseball, Vilonia High School Baseball, Upper League Kickball, National Park College Basketball, Mountain Pine High School Basketball and Arkansas Wildcats Football and has broadcast live sporting events from five different states. 
 

Some of Oliver’s favorite pastimes include writing, gaming, making memories with his family and cheering on his favorite sports teams—the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs.
 

Mark Oliver lives in Hot Springs with his wife, Hanna, and their three children, Michael, Benjamin and River.