A name that has been historically associated with stock car racing is not that of a driver, a team owner or even a particular cup series. Rather it’s that of none other than Barney Hall, who began his career of hosting the popular Motor Racing Network all the way back in 1958. We came across a rare and profoundly insightful interview that was conducted by the fan favorite website, Stockcarracing.com and Hall, where Mr. Hall spills the beans on the aspects that have surrounded his passionate occupation.
Hall told SCR that he got his start as a radio announcer back around 1960, when a gentleman named Ted Webb “asked if I would come to Daytona and audition for it.” It ultimately led up to him working his way up the ranks from a PA announcer in 58’ at local radio station to a full time gig as a premier stock car radio announcer just a few short years later.
Most Memorable Moments in Announcing
Having seen more racing than most people, having announced them and being familiar with the drivers, courses and cars, Hall told SCR that there is one moment that truly sticks in his mind. It was that of the “1979 that finish between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison when they had the fistfight over in Turn 3. I was working over there in Turn 3 and had a bird’s-eye view of that.”
Lastly, his final thoughts on his prestigious career accolades and being a famous stock car radio announcer: “The one thing that makes me feel like I get by is if I feel like I’m having a good time, the listener’s having a good time. It’s always been my philosophy. When I was a disc jockey, if I entertained myself, I felt like I was entertaining the other people. I guess it works. As an old announcer told me one time, if you can’t convince em’, confuse em’ and it’s worked pretty good so far,” Hall told SCR of his viewpoints on his profession.
You can read the full interview between Hall and SCR Here. It’s well worth reading, too.