LITTLE ROCK – Gary Weir, the rock and roll disc jockey who would find statewide fame as “Bozo The Clown” on statewide television and later host of “The Oaklawn Report” horse racing show, has died at the age of 75.
The Russellville native was hired on in his youth as a disc jockey on Little Rock radio station KXLR 1150 AM, and would then become Arkansas’ youngest television personality when he came aboard at KATV Channel 7. It was there that he would develop “Bozo The Clown” and entertain thousands of Arkansas children over the years. He would keep the role until 1991.
He transitioned out of the Bozo role, and embraced his love of horse racing, becoming a Hot Springs handicapper. That led to him hosting the syndicated “Oaklawn Report”, which ran in markets across the state including Fort Smith.
Weir was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2013.