JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Former KAIT Sports Director Dick Clay died Wednesday after having complications from heart surgery. Clay was 78.
Clay is widely known in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri as the face of sports in the region on KAIT and later with his Dick Clay Sports Magazine that also aired on KAIT. Clay held the title of Sports Director from 1971 to 1998.
Dick Clay was born and raised in Portageville, Missouri. Clay loved talking sports and outdoors with everyone.
One story Clay loved to tell was the time in the 1970's when he discovered a snake wrapped in the rafters above his head while he was on the air. As Dick told the story, he hated snakes, but kept going. He even made mention of it on the air.