ACC Network Host
Mark Packer is a host for ACC Network, ESPN’s network devoted to Atlantic Coast Conference sports. Co-host of the weekday afternoon ACC PM show, Packer has covered college sports extensively throughout his legendary career, which spans three decades in radio and television.
One of the founding hires for ACC Network in 2019, Packer co-hosted Packer and Durham, ACCN’s weekday morning show from 7-10 a.m. with Wes Durham, for nearly three years.
In August 2022, Packer moved to afternoons on ACC Network for the launch of the ACC PM weekday show, which originates – with co-host Taylor Tannebaum – out of his basement studio in Charlotte, N.C. In August 2023, ACC PM began traveling to campus sites on Football Fridays with ACC Huddle, where Packer is regularly joined by analysts EJ Manuel, Eric Mac Lain and Mark Richt to preview ACC Football weekends.
Affectionately known as “The Packman,” Packer was best known as the radio host of the syndicated “PrimeTime with the Packman” show on WFNZ-AM Charlotte before arriving at ESPN. The program aired from 1997-2010 and was the most listened-to sports radio show in the Carolinas, garnering numerous “Best Of” awards.
Packer eventually decided to leave the program to pursue and control his own sports and broadcasting businesses, which included new radio and television shows in addition to Southern Fried Football™ and other marketing opportunities.
In January 2011, Packer began hosting “College Basketball Today” on SiriusXM, which became the daily weekday show “College Sports Today” and eventually “Off Campus with Mark Packer” on ESPNU Radio weekday afternoons. In addition to the daily show, Packer hosted the SiriusXM Tailgate Show during the college football season.
Beyond radio, Packer has also hosted his own television shows, including daily sports commentaries on the 10 o’clock news on WMYT-TV in Charlotte.
Early in his career, Packer oversaw the radio and television networks at Clemson University and the University of Maryland. He was also a broadcast consultant for LSU before moving to Charlotte, where he formed the sports marketing company Time-Out Sports.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Packer received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Clemson, where he was a member of the golf team. Packer’s father was legendary college basketball broadcaster Billy Packer, and his brother, Brandt, is a producer for Golf Channel.