Motor Racing Network's Barney Hall Passes Away
January 27, 2016 at 4:13 AM (PT)
BARNEY HALL, the longtime motor sports radio broadcaster who anchored race coverage for MOTOR RACING NETWORK since the network's inception in 1970 through 2014, passed away TUESDAY (1/26) from complications after a recent medical procedure. The NASCAR Hall of Fame announcer was 83.
HALL began his career while on active duty in the Navy, hosting at hometown WIFM/ELKIN, NC for 13 years and serving as the first public address announcer at BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. He began calling the DAYTONA 500 on radio in 1960, missing only four broadcasts of that event in 57 years, and anchored race coverage for MRN from1970 through JULY 6, 2014, when he called ARIC ALMIROLA's win in a rain-shortened DAYTONA 500. HALL was honored along with KEN SQUIER as the first recipients of the NASCAR HALL OF FAME's broadcasters' award in 2012, and was inducted into the NATIONAL MOTORSPORTS PRESS ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME in 2007.
MRN released a statement saying, “It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that MOTOR RACING NETWORK must today convey the passing of our friend and colleague, long-time MRN anchor BARNEY HALL. For many of us in the racing and broadcasting industries, Barney was more than just ‘The Voice’ who brought us the NASCAR action each week on the radio. He was an inspiration, a teacher and mostly, a friend. BARNEY was a consummate professional whose style and honesty made him one of the most revered voices of the sport and perhaps the most trusted reporter of his day.
“In a world that can have its share of egos, BARNEY’s humor and humility kept everyone around him firmly grounded. His smooth and easygoing delivery was the mark by which others were measured. His co-anchor, JOE MOORE, once commented that ‘BARNEY was the calming force in the midst of a raging storm and simply by listening to him, you knew there was safe passage through it.’ BARNEY HALL was the true voice of NASCAR and although his own voice has gone silent, his presence will live on in the many current motor sports broadcasters who learned at the knee of such a great storyteller.”