Post by crutnacker on Sept 21, 2009 5:48:00 GMT -5
I was reading the articles here about Ron Clay and was reminded of a story my father told me when Ron died. I was out of state at college at the time and my dad was describing a show his dad did in his honor of his son. My dad mentioned him playing a song that he didn't know the name of (and I identified as "The End" by the Beatles) and said it was a pretty moving show.
Just wondering if anyone heard that show and can describe it or perhaps has audio of it.
There is an aircheck of the tribute to Ron Clay in the audio section of this site (for QMF) but it's been so long since I've heard it that I can't recall if Ron's father was present on the show. If so, could this be the tribute that your father heard?
Ron's father (Tom Clay) was a regular visitor to the QMF studios during my time there and participated on the show quite often. It's sad to note that both he and his son left this world in much the same way and at relatively young ages. Both were very heavy smokers.
The true spelling of the Clay name is actually Clague, but both found the Clay spelling to be much simpler for their radio audiences while still providing some protection as to their true identities (somewhat). There's a great entry on Tom Clay at:
I was friends with Ron in the early 80s when my girlfriend Sue Griffey babysat for him when he lived in our apartment complex which her mom managed in Okalona. He used to give us the hat pins all the time & one time a concert ticket to see Tommy Tutone at a theater place in Louisville. Pat