Motor Racing Network's Barney Hall Dead At 83


STATEMENT FROM DAVID HYATT, PRESIDENT OF MRN

"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 cconsumate 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 firmly grounded. His smooth and easygoing delivery was the mark by which others were measured. His co-anchor, Joe Moore, once commented 'Barney was the calming force in the midst of a raging storm and simply by listening to him, you knew there was a 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 born in Elkin, NC on June 24, 1932, where he spent his whole life. After high school,  Barney joined the Navy, serving 4 years active duty where he launched his radio career. He then spent the next 13 years as a disc jockey at WIFM in his home town.

Hall was part of MRN's award winning race coverage since it's debut in 1970, and called his first race in 1960 at Daytona, only missing four broadcasts in the 57 year history of "The Great American Race." 

The National Motorsports Press Association named Barney its Broadcaster Of The Year in 2014, and helped create the Squire-Hall Award of Media Excellence in May 2012. 

At the time of his death, Hall was in great company - he was with the love of his life, his long time companion, Karen Carrier. He passed away from complications following a medical procedure.