For those of you who are Spectrum fans you probable noticed that mid-day host Dave Mac left the air sometime in early December. Announced on Tuesday that Dave passed away to Brain Cancer over the weekend and the Spectrum has been running a tribute to him all week. Here is his Obituary as posted at Sirius.com
Long time SIRIUS host Dave McNamara (Â?Dave MacÂ?) passed away Saturday morning, succumbing to cancer. He was 43 years old. For the better part of his life, Dave was a musician...playing in and producing a number of bands along the same New Jersey shore that gave rise to Bruce Springsteen. Dave Mac was also a lifelong fan and connoisseur of music of all varieties. A great host here at SIRIUS, and before SIRIUS, at various radio stations across the country. Hopefully you were able to hear him on the Spectrum, SIRIUS Disorder, or SIRIUS Blues. He made SIRIUS a better place Â? and if you knew him, you know that his contributions were far greater than merely his on-air work. Dave Mac could evoke laughter, tears, and significant thought...all within the course of one radio show. Dave Mac was a great communicator...and also, perhaps above all else, a great interviewer. If you were lucky enough to hear Dave's conversations with some of the biggest stars in the history of rock music, then you were the beneficiary of some of the most frank and forthright discussions you could ever hope to eavesdrop on. From The Rolling Stones to John Mayer, Neil Young to Coldplay, The Who, B.B. King, Bob Seger, Pete Yorn, Keb Mo, Beth Orton, and so many others, DaveÂ?s engaging nature brought out the absolute best in those he spoke with. He is survived by his parents, Leon A. and Patricia D. McNamara, his fiancÃ©e Rita C. Truex and his brothers, Duncan McNamara of San Carlos, CA, and Malcolm McNamara. In lieu of flowers, donations in DaveÂ?s memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society.Our tribute to Dave will air Saturday at 8am ET and Sunday at 11pm ET.
...on a personal note. I listened to Dave Mac every weekday from noon until I left work at 4 over Sirius Internet Radio. Not only was he one of the best andknowledableedable jocks I had ever heard. I always looked forward to his interviews with artists and just loved to hear his random knowledge of some track his was about to spin. If you get a chance listen to the tribute show... It really does showcase his great on-air abilities! I will say from working in the industry for year. Dave Mac was a DJ's....DJ! I will miss listening to him.