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“It was an absolute surprise to both my wife and myself . — In addition, he also produced radio and TV commercials for NHRA and many other clients, a role he still fills today. When Susan Wade, the presenter, started off talking about an airport drag strip in Carlisle, Arkansas . — He joined the NHRA promotions department in 1971, spending seven years as Publicity Director, Public Relations Director and Communications Director, plus his duties as a race announcer and TV host.
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All the while, I had continued to develop and progress as a race announcer, not only on the local and divisional level, but I was doing all of NHRA’s national events as well. Good Guys Hot Rod Hero “This,” says Dave, “gives you some idea. Even though I had not been to a race yet, I was still familiar with the sport and its numerous California stars.
“By late 1968, after serving as a multi-faceted television announcer, host, newsman, sportscaster, weatherman, etc., I was promoted to Program Director of the station that I had joined some five years earlier. The only way to keep up with what was happening was through reading HOT ROD Magazine. With the track about 45 miles from New Orleans — and not too much farther from Baton Rouge — there was a large population base to draw from, even though Houma itself was a relatively small community. Like Wally, his passing was a tragic loss, two individuals who did so much for the industry and the sport. Jay Leno has been the featured entertainer a number of times, and here we were just having some fun. All the stories don’t give him enough credit.” So there you have it, a fairly large slice out of Dave Mc Clelland’s life as the voice of drag racing, of hot rodding, and of a myriad number of events where — as the emcee — he honors those in a sport that he has come to command.