To know him was to love him. From his big bellied laugh to his big goofy smile. David Clyde was at times larger than life. He could light up the room just by joining any conversation. When I first met Clyde, I didn’t know what to make of him. His views were as wild as his expressions, and his discussions were wildly entertaining as he danced around from topic to topic. Eight years later, he’s gone, having lost a swift terminal fight with cancer. He left behind a myriad of fans and friends who tuned in every week to not only hear his take on current events but to listen to Dave brighten his listeners day with his off the wall comments on pop culture.
I never really imagined writing this piece. I also never really imagined eight years ago how much I would miss that wild, opinionated, funny man. If you judged Dave by a quick fifteen minute radio segment or by a sporadic off color remark then unfortunately you missed out of the best of Dave. Dave loved his guns, he loved his politics, he loved his podcast. But he really loved his family, and he showed an unwavering appreciation for animals in need. Not just cats or dogs that needed homes, but animals that would have been put to sleep if he didn’t adopt the blind. The sick. The maimed.
As an on-air personality, Dave had more fun than a child at Disneyland week after week. He talked live on the air with his idols, his colleagues and boyhood heroes. He rarely missed a show and over the years gained much notoriety nationwide for his craft. Each week tes of thousands of Wild Side fans would tune in for his show. He lead the way in the early days of 990WBOB as the political talk guru. From mayors to moms, from wrestlers to freedom fighters Dave welcomed them all each week to his podcast. Over the years the team at WBOB loving called him Uncle Dave out of respect and admiration. He was always there to listen or advise. To counsel or console. He was the hit of every party, gathering, or fundraiser.
It's never easy to say goodbye especially to someone who brightened so many of our days. David Clyde as he was known was one of the genuinely kindest individuals I have ever had the fortune to have called a friend.
I'll miss our weekly hour long chats, our standing breakfast dates but most of all I'll miss your laugh and I'll be waiting for him every Tuesday to light up the airwaves with your shoot from the hip often comedic rants.
Hold the ones you love close as he did and appreciate everyday as it is a gift.
990WBOB.COM will begin a month long celebration of our fallen modern day suburban hero. We will keep Mic 1, Dave's seat empty but as he would want as he bluntly told me "You keep going, don't stop because of me, drink a beer remember the good times then go make some more." in that spirit we will continue on better for knowing you. Things will never be the same but we'll never forget and we'll never stop carrying on your message.
In memoriam we inviting friends, family, and fans to join us on Tuesday July 31st to honor Dave for a special, remembrance episode of The Wild Side. We will also be running a Wild Side marathon over the next week.