ATLANTA — Long-time radio guy and current 97.1 The River afternoon disc jockey David Clapper is well-known in Atlanta entertainment circles. “Radio is my passion,” reveals Clapper, “and I’m just fortunate to be able to get paid to do something I really enjoy.”
But it wasn’t his first love. In an exclusive Atlanta Banana interview, Clapper revealed an even older obsession: inventing.
BANANA: So, you’re saying radio wasn’t your first choice?
CLAPPER: Yeah. Honestly, I always wanted to be an inventor…an entrepreneur. I grew up in the 80’s, and we didn’t have a TV back then. So I was always puttering around the house trying to build things for entertainment. That’s when the inventing bug bit.
BANANA: Any successes?
CLAPPER: Well, see, that’s the problem. I’m really good at inventing, but marketing isn’t my strong suit. I can never seem to match the right names to the right ideas. For example, I came up with the whole idea for air bags in cars way before they were standard equipment. But nobody wanted to listen to my pitch for “Surprise No-Die Dashboard Pillows.”
BANANA: Interesting. What are you working on now?
CLAPPER: Oh, I’m really excited about this one. You see, it’s a switching mechanism that turns things off and on using nothing but sound. You can simply walk into a room, make the proper noise, and your lights or TV will come on automatically. I really think it’s a game-changer.
BANANA: How does it work?
CLAPPER: I won’t bore you with the technical stuff…but like I said, it’s noise-activated. The best noise for activating the switch seems to be banging your open palms together quite loudly. A sharp, staccato sound if you will.
BANANA: So what’s it called?
CLAPPER: There’s my bugaboo again. I haven’t named it yet. The Palm-Banger? No…that just sounds dirty. How about…no…that won’t work either. Man, I’m just stumped.
BANANA: Well, thanks for your time, Mr. Clapper. Hopefully you’ll figure it out and get Clapper-built devices in every home. Because when the Banana thinks quality, we think Clapper, Clapper.
CLAPPER: Thanks guys…I’m sure this time I’ll come up with something.