Mark David McKinnis Bio

Coming from a thirty-five year family tradition producing television programs, Mark David McKinnis created and produced music for The Fishin’ Hole, the second longest running show in ESPN history (second to sports center).

Having picked up guitar at ten years old, Mark was writing and recording original songs and music that became part of his father’s five state syndicated outdoor television production by the age of fourteen. By eighteen, Mark entered classical guitar studies at Drury College, in Springfield, Missouri, later moving to Nashville, Tennessee for a continued study at Belmont College.

When The Fishin Hole was picked up by ESPN in their inception early eighties, the original theme, Make a Memory, and dozens of feature songs and music, like Northern Lights and Callin’ Me Home, became part of Mark’s BMI publishing/writer catalogue. In 1987 the feature song, Silence, was nominated for a cable ACE Award.

Through the 80s and 90s, Mark had organized a studio, band gigs and wrote songs extensively while joining his father’s company, J.M. Associates (, back home in Little Rock Arkansas.

Mark buried himself working as publisher, songwriter, music producer, sound designer and video editor in service to J.M. productions for the ESPN cable network.

Timber Sports, ESPN Outdoors, Great American Events, World Racquetball, Iditarod, FLW Tour and Water Dog are ESPN projects worked on during the thirty-five year family tradition of producing television programs.

By the turn of the century, Mark’s music interests and skills had also led him to produce several  tv media productions.

Songwriters in 1993; a day in the life story featuring Bud Lee, co-songwriter of Friends in Low Places. 

SpotlightON, a music television series hosted by Chris King, featuring over one hundred fantastic songwriters such as Nelly McKay, Keith Sykes, Jim Bianco, Jason White, and Jimbo Mathus, independently broadcasting with ABC affiliates from 2002-2007 and then on the Ovation TV Network in 2009. 

Humble Ground 2016

(see IMDb link), 

a lifestyle series featuring;

Ventura California, hosted by Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

and Catskills New York, hosted by Arleigh Kinchelo of Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds.

Mark David’s personal artist recording collections from 1974 to 2019 include; 


I See You, Givin' A Dog a Bone, Northern Lights, Mr. Bones, and most recently, Suspend.


All are part of Mark's BMI writing and publishing catalog established since 1984.

Since 2007, Mark David additionally has performed as a solo voice guitar stylist over 1800 dates, starting with a full time 3 years 6 nights a week service for the Crowne Plaza Little Rock, a 4 Star Hotel voted best in the franchise during his performance term, and 350 dates for 35 venues from Malibu to Moro Bay since moving to Ojai, California.

Mark David McKinnis - aka - Mark David

Origin (1977-2014): Little Rock, Arkansas

Current (since 2015): Ojai/Ventura, California

Years Active as Vocal Guitar Stylist:

2007 - Present (1800 performance dates)

Genres: Folk, Rock, Southern and Blue

Years Active as Publisher:

1984 - Present (est. 300 copyrights cataloge)

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