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Old 01-08-2007, 04:29 PM   #1
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<img align="right" src="http://cdn.sirius.com/servlet/BlobServer?blobtable=ImageAsset&blobcol=urlimage&b lobkey=id&blobwhere=1154618252821">With great sadness, Sirius Backstage has found out that DJ Dave McNamara, known on the airwaves as Dave Mac, passed away on Saturday morning due to cancer at the age of 43. He has been with Sirius for a long time, DJing on the Spectrum, Sirius Blues, and Sirius Disorder, and previously on other stations such as The Rock, before it was split in January 2004. He was a great DJ, and loved to talk with listeners. He responded to every email I have ever sent, and has even <a href=http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43257&page=2>posted on Sirius Backstage</a>. Dave, you will be missed.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dave's name to the <a href=http://www.cancer.org>American Cancer Society</a>.

<b>Update:</b> There will apparently be a tribute to Dave Mac on Sirius and sirius.com starting tomorrow. More details will be announced as we find out.

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Old 01-08-2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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Very sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
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The Sirius family has lost a great DJ and guy, my thoughts are with his family.
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Wow, I interned at Sirius this past summer and although I did not work directly with him, he was always very courteous and friendly. As professional as you could get. This is pretty stunning. I wish the best for his family as well as the Sirius family.
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my thoughts and prayers are with the family. sad stuff.
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Very sad news. Dave was excellent on Spectrum. I exchanged a few emails with him -- great guy.
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I'm truly saddened by this news; I was a fan of him on the Spectrum. He will be missed.
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Very Sad,

Enjoyed him on Spectrum and the other channels He was on.
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I was saddened to hear about Dave's passing. He will certainly be missed. RIP Dave Mac.
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I cannot believe that Dave Mac is gone... such a young vibrant person. He is definitely too soon gone.

Dave was such a great guy. I knew him from seeing the band he was in, and from e-mailing him about his shows at Sirius and Brookdale Public Radio. He would always write back and answer questions about the music... and take it a bit further... he took the time to give you a bit of a musical education in the bargain. Especially when it came to the Blues. It was great listening to him on Sirius, and his Blues Show on public radio that I especially loved... knowing how much he genuinely loved what he was doing, loved the music, and even had firsthand knowledge of it from playing the Blues himself. His enthusiasm and knowlege, and his great radio personality, made for such great radio.

I remember when his Aunt died and he mentioned on the air that she had been the person who formed the Neuropathy Association. I e-mailed him and told him all about how much her association had helped a friend and also a family member of mine... and I told him that I sent a contribution to the NA in her name. He sent me back the most wonderfully heartfelt letter. He was so proud of what she had done, and how it had made so much of a difference in people's lives. Said he wished that he had made that kind of a difference in other people's lives.

I once mentioned that I used to perform years back, and missed that aspect of music so much. That resulted in some interesting e-mail conversations about being a performer. And without even knowing it... Mac helped me come to terms with a few issues I had about performing and music... with his insights on the ups and downs the music business. In that regard, he really did make a difference in my life. And I'm sure he made a great difference in the lives of everyone he touched. He seemed to be that kind of a person.

What I really remember most about Mac was his great sense of humor. He had such a great sense of irony... loved the ridiculous as well as the sublime. And we certainly talked about some ridiculous bizarre things regarding the music business. He seemed to see the humor in everything... and some of his quips made me laugh like hell. He was very talented, but never showed any arrogance or went on an ego trip about anything from what I heard or read... even about interviewing the Rolling Stones. It all seemed like one great big adventure to him from the way he wrote about things. So refreshing. He was one of those rare breed of people who was a joy to know on any level.

Through e-mailing back and forth, I came to think of him as a great spirit, a person with real heart, real soul. I thought of him as someone who was one of THE most clever, witty, and funny people that I've ever known in my lifetime. Not kidding. And that's saying a lot.

If he could make that kind of an impression on me just via e-mails... I can only imagine how much he was loved, admired, and respected by the people close to him. What a deep sorrowful loss they must be feeling right now. My most sincere condolences to all who knew him and loved him. My heart goes out to all of you... especially his fiance and his family.

Mac's going to be playing some REALLY lofty gigs now. Mike McCready's got nothing on him. Now Mac can jump as high as he wants... and never break a leg... because he's got WINGS, baby!

And I know one thing for certain.

He'll definitely be keeping God, and the Angels, smiling...


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My wife and I listen to Disorder while at work. He used to be on mid-days, and was that the right station for him...his rants used to have us laughing, we would stop what we were doing just to listen to his rants. He toned down and later moved to 7 - mid.

We also listened to him at the Spectrum. He has one of the best ways of backing into the next song in his intros, it was amazing how he tied things together.

My brother in-law worked with him in Indy, but he never really was out of his shell like he was on Sirius. He was the real deal when it comes to DJ's and there are few enough of them out there as it is...

I hope he's jamming with Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters right now...
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I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave Mac. My condolences to his family. I am 53 and there have been so many passings of peers, young peers, as of late. Sirius has lost one of the good guys and so have we. May he be remembered with love and how he touched the lives of others with music. Namaste.
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