Longtime Birmingham radio personality, Dan Brennan, whom you might recall him on WVOK, the "Mighty 690,” as "Dan the Music Man,” age 90, died peacefully of natural causes in the arms of his loving wife of 70 years, Clara Brennan, while surrounded by his loving family at their home in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dan was part of the Great Brennan Broadcasting dynasty. He, along with his brothers Bill and Cyril, built WVOK in Birmingham, WBAM (The Big BAM) in Montgomery, WAPE in Jacksonville, FL, and WFLI in Chattanooga into the powerhouse radio stations of the south in the 1960s and 1970s.
“Dan was also legendary in the world of concert promotion, having produced so many "Shower of Stars" multi-act shows, and was part of bringing the Beatles for an appearance in Jacksonville, Florida.” James Spann
"Dan understood the true basics of good broadcasting: entertainment, companionship, public service, and salesmanship. He once advised me to always sound on the air as if I was happy to be there, to have a smile in my voice, and to consider it an honor to be able to be on the radio and entertain so many people at once.” Don Keith
Dan was born on August 19, 1930, in Brickyard, Alabama. He had two brothers, Bill Brennan and Cyril Brennan, and two sisters, Kay Rouse and Donnave Taylor Lindsey. He is preceded by his parents, Cyril Brennan, Sr., Mary Margaret Brennan, his loving son David Brennan, his brothers Bill Brennan and Cyril Brennan, and sisters Donnie and Kay. He was happily married to his beautiful wife, Clara Brennan, who was his partner in life for seventy years.
Dan is survived by his wife, 4 children: Danny Brennan, Jr. (Cheri Brennan), Susan Brennan White (Greg White), Debbie Bartoletti-Walker (Dirk Walker), and Richard Brennan (Belinda Brennan), 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.
Besides spending time with his family and enjoying a long-term career as a radio broadcaster, owner and on-air personality, Dan was fascinated with electronics and started a video production company, Brennan Custom Video Labs, after he semi retired at the age of 55. Dan had a bright and energetic personality and was a ‘bigger-than-life’ role model to so many. He was also known for his beautiful ‘velvet voice’, which would always be delivered through a lovely smile.
He touched so many lives with his generosity and passion for life.
Family members are invited to attend a private viewing this Saturday from 12noon-2pm at the Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home & Jefferson Memorial Gardens, 2710 John Hawkins Pkwy., Hoover, AL 35244.
Family and friends are invited to join a ‘Celebration of Life’ graveside service this Saturday from 2pm-4pm at the Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home & Jefferson Memorial Gardens, 2710 John Hawkins Pkwy., Hoover, AL 35244.
The following is Dan’s sign-off that he so humbly delivered to his loyal listeners every afternoon at 5pm on WVOK:
….”and now with thanks to our almighty God for the greatest heritage man can possess, the privilege of living under the American flag, this is Dan Brennan wishing you and yours a very pleasant Good Evening.”
He was a great man and will be deeply missed.