Steve McClure graduated from Southport High School in 1963 without a clue. No fault of Southport. That version of Steve McClure just was not ready for the world at Ball State that awaited him.
“I had no idea how to be a college student,” McClure said.
He lasted a year. Then another semester. McClure’s father told him he was not going to pay another dime of college if he did not improve his grades. Instead, a family friend drove McClure downtown to the Air Force recruiting office. “It’s what I needed,” McClure said.
Four years in the Air Force changed McClure. He re-enrolled at Ball State after his tour and zoomed through school, “making ‘A’s’ instead of ‘D’s.’” McClure, 77, earned his degree from Ball State in 1971 in radio and television. He was off and running in a career that spanned 51 years in various roles of sports media and communications.
McClure never really stopped working. But he also never seemed to be moving so fast that he stopped enjoying his work, whether it was covering golf and tennis for the Center Grove Sports Network, as he has the past five years, or working as a spotter at Colts games for 36 years, or working as a public address announcer at Franklin College for the past 16 years.
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“I think it’s mostly that I have a passion for what I do,” McClure said. “If you don’t have passion for what you do, why are you…