Mack Howell was born in Birmingham but moved to Sylacauga as a nine-year-old. A graduate of Sylacauga High School, he attended The University of Alabama, Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Tex., and Jones College in Jacksonville, Fla., and he earned a BS degree in Business Management and Accounting.
Mack served for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Texas, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Mississippi. For 12 years, he was an FAA Air Traffic Controller in Florida and Alabama.
Returning to Sylacauga in 1985, Mack managed auto parts stores for Carport, Advance Auto Parts, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. He joined RadioAlabama in 2012.