This past Monday, March 11, Alpena’s True North Radio Network’s (WHAK-FM/WHSB-FM, WWTH-FM) Ray “McDade” Spain passed away from natural causes at age 58.
Known on-air as Ray McDade, he served as co-host along with Brian Rondeau on WHAK-FM morning show. He also did the color commentary for football and hockey for a number of years on WHSB-FM. In addition to his radio work, he was a sales representative for Allegra (formerly Model Printing ) of Alpena. Spain also served a term as executive director for the Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce, engineering several profitable ventures for the chamber.
Spain served as co-chairman, along with Richard Lamb, Advance editor of Melissa Fleis Day in 2012 honoring the Rogers City native who appeared on the national television series Project Runway.
True North’s General Manager Darrel Kelly said, “Ray was a character on the radio and in person. He always had a story to tell and loved life. He will be missed but I am thankful for all the great memories.”