(And why is it in quotation marks?)
This is probably the most common question I get.. So, let me resolve the big mystery for you.
I was in radio for years. For some reason, I did not think that “Scott Marcus” was a good radio name. Don’t ask me why; I was in my early twenties; who knows why we do things at that age.
So, I came up with the name “Marq Mitchell,” which I thought was really cool. I spelled “Mark” with a “Q” at the end because I thought it would make me stand out. However, remember, I was in radio; no one can see how you spell your name on radio. Apparently, I had not thought it out completely…
Anyway, my fellow DJs started calling me “Mark The Q Mitchell,” which migrated simply to “Q.” (By the way, I had the name before the super-villian on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I was delighted to have him as my namesake.) Eventually, I moved to KKXX in Bakersfield, CA. When the program director, Chris Squires, hired me, he said, “Everyone here uses his real name on the air because it increases authenticity. Use yours. But keep the “Q,” everyone will ask you what it means and they’ll remember you.