Mark Sturgis

Long-time South Carolina radio host Mark Sturgis suffered a stroke Tuesday, with his wife Teresa relaying that on his Twitter account Wednesday. But she had some good news to share Thursday; Sturgis has now been told he’ll be able to go home once released (there was a possibility he’d have to stay in a nursing home for further care), and he’s set to begin physical therapy Friday.

Sturgis is currently the afternoon host of Straight Up with Sturg weekdays from 4 – 7 p.m. on the ESPN Upstate network, based in Greenville. As per his show bio, he majored in broadcast and film communications at Alabama, then furthered his education at Florida’s Full Sail University with a focus on specialized recording engineering. He worked in recording studios in Knoxville and Atlanta, then went on the road as a sound mixer for local and touring bands. He then moved back to Knoxville and then to the Upstate area of South Carolina, where he dove into sports talk radio in 2002. After working in a variety of markets, he then joined ESPN Upstate in April 2014, shortly after its February 2014 launch. And he was named the 2016 South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

It’s good to hear that Sturgis is recovering, although there’s currently no timetable for him to return to the air. He was supposed to be doing shows from the Carolina Panthers’ training camp this week, but midday host/assistant programming director Marc Ryan (who joined ESPN Upstate in January after stints in Houston and Tampa) will be filling in for him. Ryan tweeted his thoughts on Sturgis Wednesday, and followed up with his best wishes Thursday:

Our best wishes go out to Sturgis and his family as well.

[Barrett Sports Media]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.