Mark Zelich

zelichMark Zelich’s trademark “Courage” sign-off carried him through nearly twenty years as WSAU-TV’s sports anchor, which was the major part of his 43-year broadcast career. He began his career in 1951 with disc jockey and sorts announcing stints at WDBC-AM, Escanaba, Michigan and WATW-AM, Ashland. He moved to the Wausau/Merrill area in 1955 to be a sports reporter and play-by-play announcer for WOSA-AM/WLIN-FM. He moved to WSAU-TV/AM/FM in 1957 as a sports anchor and became the television station’s news and sports director in 1965. While doing local high school play-by-play, he served as the voice of Badger Football on Wisconsin Radio Network from 1959-1970. Zelich left his position as sports anchor in 1977 and remained at the renamed WSAW-TV as Vice President of News and Sports until his retirement in 1994.



  1. Mark Colrud says:

    As a teenager growing up in central Wisconsin (Stevens Point) we watched Wausau Channel 7 daily and the source for our News and Sports was Mark Zelich. He was truly a favorite of mine to the point that after I left the military I attended the Trans American School of Broadcasting in Wausau. The unfortunate thing for me was I didn’t have the talent that Mark Zelich had so I had to alter my career goals. Even to this day I think of him on the news desk and think that it’d be nice if he’d come out of retirement and still do the News and Sports just one more time. Those of us that grew up with you really miss you Mark. Thank you for what you gave to us over your career.

  2. Steve Anderson says:

    “And that sport, is sports…”

  3. Kim Lepak says:

    I had the honor to work for Z in the late 70s at Ch.7 as a sportscaster. Anyone that worked for this man knows how blessed we were!

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