About Nothing

pic of markMark Urso is a journalist, audio recording specialist and musician from Westerly, Rhode Island, who studied at Portsmouth Abbey School and Boston College while perfecting the art of Frisbee tossing on the beaches.

For 22 years he operated radio stations, writing and presenting local news on-air, and scouting talent as an FM Program Director. He has won awards in Sales for his B2B work in Internet services, and continues to teach others the virtues of “anti-selling,” explaining he understood it all when he stopped trying to sell.

a picture of blueberries
Blueberries. “Blueberry Photograph” would be a good name for a band.

Mark lives on the river with his daughter Sara and a variety of domesticated creatures, among them a Jack Russel named Ollie, aka “El Capitan,” who enjoys kayaking and world domination, and a Pit Bull named Ziggy, who has dedicated his life to catching Frisbees and teaching humans unconditional love.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from BC. He learned to write through trial and trial again courtesy of monks at the Abbey, and during his career as a journalist.

picture of bookMark’s latest book, “A Candle Lit, Deconstructing Alcoholism” (ASIN:B012EORK3O) consolidates his experiences and writing skills to break new ground in mental health study. The book is a long-overdue combination of insight and stubbornness, intended to reveal weaknesses in the alcoholism cycle, to benefit both sufferers and caregivers.

Mark’s newswriting career spanned 22 years with several New England radio stations. He has published reviews for SoundWaves magazine for Dave Van Ronk and Keb ‘Mo, and produced a DVD “PA Systems for Small Groups” (ASIN: B003H1AI74), intended to help avoid all-too-common problems with the audio at podium events.

mark in kayak with dog
Things that need to be done!

His radio career was followed by a decade of field recording for regional self-help conventions, during which he compiled an impressive archive of fine-quality audio. Almost fifteen years later now, he’s transcribing the audio to present it as paperback books, in a series, each package to represent an entire event, and then made into Audible audiobooks. This exciting new package of AA and Alanon recordings and related books/audiobooks will all be available over the coming months.

Mark’s first book, “Save Me From The Flood: A Personal Chronicle of Flooding in Rhode Island and Connecticut in March and April 2010” is also available on Amazon (ASIN: B0054EXD2Y).

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the author and daughter
Me and mini-me in North Carolina!