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Author Topic: David DeLay, pirate-radio DJ who entertained troops as ‘Dave Rabbit,’ dies  (Read 1447 times)
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« on: January 25, 2012, 1000 UTC »

C. David DeLay Jr. received the Purple Heart and became a sergeant during his three combat tours with the Air Force in Vietnam, but is most widely known to veterans as “Dave Rabbit,” his underground radio persona in Saigon.

For 21 days in 1971, Mr. DeLay broadcast acid rock and entertained his brothers in arms from a pirate FM station he set up in a Saigon brothel.

After the war, Mr. DeLay returned to Richardson, where he settled into his family’s business, Trophies Inc. In 2006, he reprised his role as the shock jock via salty streaming audio over the Internet for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For the past three years, he was the public address announcer for Southern Methodist University football, and recently the Mustangs’ basketball games.

Mr. DeLay, 63, died Friday at Baylor Medical Center at Garland of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Restland Funeral Home’s Memorial Chapel. He will be buried in Restland Memorial Park.

Mr. DeLay loved getting attention and making people laugh, said his son Chandler DeLay of Wylie.
Born in Dallas, Mr. DeLay grew up in Richardson.

“He was very funny and friendly,” said Ted Dodson of Grapevine, a friend since their days at Richardson High School.

Mr. Dodson remembers his friend riding around Richardson with six people packed into his Corvair convertible.

Mr. DeLay joined the Air Force after graduating from Richardson High in 1967. He served as an inventory specialist and was honored for his outstanding contributions during the 30 days he volunteered for a security police assignment.

He was wounded when his supply convoy was attacked, his son said. Mr. DeLay did not realize he had been wounded until he was back at the base and preparing to shower. A friend spotted the hole in his leg.
“The adrenaline was going so high, he didn’t know he’d been shot,” his son said.

Mr. DeLay was trained as a radio studio engineer during his third tour in Vietnam. Resentment was growing among the troops, who wanted better access to current music and better news coverage of the war and conditions in Vietnam.

He set up his pirate station in the back room of a Saigon brothel, placing mattresses on the walls of his improvised studio to block the bawdy noise. Mr. DeLay had help from his buddies in the Air Force police, who managed to protect his operation for three weeks.

Mr. DeLay shut down the station when he felt his police friends were in danger of being discovered, he said on a website created for veterans and current service members.

“The same thing he did back in Vietnam was the same thing he was trying to do for the troops now: keeping their spirits up and letting them have a little something from back home,” his son said.
In addition to his son, Mr. DeLay is survived by another son, Dallas DeLay of Dallas; three sisters, Pamela Mullen, Francesca Gregory and Haven DeLay; and two brothers, John DeLay of Gun Barrel City, and Dobie DeLay of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/lake-highlands-richardson/headlines/20120124-david-delay-pirate-radio-dj-who-entertained-vietnam-troops-as-dave-rabbit-dies.ece
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 2226 UTC »

I am sorry to hear this.

He used to post every once in a while on the FRN, and (surprise surprise) even got into a flame war or two there. And I think it was TCS, and maybe a few other stations, who used to relay his old shows every once in a while on HF.

I also remember that a number of years ago he posted that he was going over to Iraq, possibly to do a show or two there. I don't recall how that turned out.

Sorry to see him go, especially at a relatively young age.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 2234 UTC »

Take It Easy Radio & WEAK Radio did some relays for him too.

Didn't know him personally, but I liked his on air personality & the style of his shows - he definitely seemed cool Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2012, 2242 UTC »


He used to post every once in a while on the FRN, and (surprise surprise) even got into a flame war or two there.

A flame war on FRN? No way! Who would have thought it...
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2012, 2342 UTC »

Yes, we did run the Dave Rabbit shows once or twice.

Rest in peace, Dave.

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 1754 UTC »


He used to post every once in a while on the FRN, and (surprise surprise) even got into a flame war or two there.

A flame war on FRN? No way! Who would have thought it...

First, RIP Dave. I always enjoyed the shows.

Now to the fun stuff..........

Commander Bunny used to send me emails trying to ferret out if Dave Rabbit was actually JTA? When CB was finally convinced John wasn't Dave,he moved on to the theory that Dave Rabbit was Radio Bob. That's roughly the same time period when the flame wars the Risen Fansome mentioned started.

That Bunny never failed to entertain.
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