What does that mean, he asked?
"I'm old and I've made a lot of mistakes," he offered.
He went from being an unpopular kid with little athletic skill in high school in Northeast Philadelphia to being one of only 30 play-by-play announcers working in the NBA.
"Is it a cool gig?" he asked. "You're damn skippy."
He gets paid to watch the world's best athletes compete at least 82 times per year. He travels across the country in style. And he gets five months of vacation during the off-season.
His path took him through Temple University to a radio station in Trenton, back to Philadelphia where he reported and anchored for KYW Newsradio, to Prism, which eventually became part of the Comcast family, where he works today covering the Sixers. This will be his 21st season as the team's voice.
He offered a few suggestions for folks hoping to reach their dream jobs, just as he has:
• Believe in yourself.
• Do internships and get experience. While you are interning, Marc suggested that you "keep your eyes open and your mouths closed." The idea is to learn, be open to criticism and don't complain.
• Schmooze. Kiss ass. And make notes for yourself about everyone you meet.
• Network with folks while you are interning, working or just studying in college. When jobs open up and applications come flooding in, you want to stand out. "If you don't have a connection, you're just something in sombody's inbox," Marc said. "But if you know the right people, they can help you in the application process. Every job that I ever got, I knew someone."
• Broadcast, newspapers, magazines, radio, online? "It's literally all one thing now," he said, and then mentioned newspaper beat reporters videotaping post-game interviews for their publication's online site.
• "If you want to be a sportscaster, get ready to do news," Marc said. You may have to begin on the news side but that can be beneficial. You can develop great skills in news, like gathering information quickly, working on deadline, substantiating your information, understanding journalistic ethics and interacting with an audience.
• He wants everything to be as perfect as it can be while he is on air. "Pay attention to the things viewers would never perceive," he stated, paraphrasing Steve Jobs. That means Marc does copious amounts of research before games, learning as much as possible and verifying all information so that as the game progresses, he can drop knowledge and it feels natural and seamless.
• It can be difficult for women covering sports because of the inherent sexism that pervades. "Women have to work twice as hard," Marc said. "It's not fair but that's the way it is."
• He recently wrote a book about how to be a sportscaster.
What stood out for you?