By AMANDA VINCENT
Legendary NASCAR radio broadcaster, Barney Hall, passed away Tuesday at the age of 83 from complications following a recent medical procedure, according to the Motor Racing Network (MRN) website. Hall was a longtime broadcaster for MRN.
MRN President David Hyatt made the following statement that was posted on the MRN site:
“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.”
Hall was a native and life-long resident of Elkin, N.C. He embarked on a radio career at an early age. After working as a local radio personality, Hall served as a public address announcer at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway for a weekend in 1960. The gig at Bristol led to a job with the Daytona 500 Network that eventually became the Motor Racing Network. He was with MRN at the beginning and remained there until 2014. He started at the network as a turn announcer before becoming a fixture in the broadcast booth in the 1970s.
“The entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said. “Barney’s impeccable delivery and incredible storytelling skills left an indelible mark on the sport that he so clearly loved. His legacy remains through an honor that rightly carries his name – the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. It will remain a constant reminder of the skill and passion that Barney brought to his work.”
Hall, along with fellow broadcaster Ken Squier, is a namesake of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Hall and Squier were the first award recipients in 2012. Hall also was inducted into the National Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Hall is survived by companion Karen Carrier, aunt Eller Garris, and several cousins.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. ET Friday at Jonesville (N.C.) First Baptist Church with burial to follow in Crestwood Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317, or Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Rd., Dobson, NC 27017.
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