William R. McClellan, 48, MTA broadcaster

March 25, 2004

William R. McClellan, who broadcast transit reports for the Maryland Transit Administration, died of an apparent heart attack Friday at Mercy Medical Center. The Catonsville resident was 48.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he attended Old Dominion University and moved to Catonsville in 1993 at the time of his marriage to the former Peggy Sue Ford, who survives him.

He had been a stand-up comedian at area comedy clubs and opened for Tina Turner, Jay Leno and Joan Rivers before becoming an MTA announcer in 1998.

Mr. McClellan was heard weekday mornings beginning at 5:15 on WBAL-TV and local radio stations, providing his reports from a studio at the MTA headquarters on Light Street.

"Mac was dependable and reliable, and a consummate professional. He had many years of broadcast experience and did character voices for commercials. He had a top-notch voice with a warm and friendly sound," said Marc Jones, the MTA's manager for broadcast operations.

He will be remembered at a benefit performance at 8 p.m. April 1 at the Improv Comedy Club, 6 Market Place. A private service was held Monday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Charles McClellan of Catonsville and Daniel McClellan of Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters, Chloe and Caitlyn McClellan of Catonsville and Heather Widgeon of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two grandsons.

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