97.1 The River’s Clapper Invents Sound-Operated Switching Device

Inventor and mega-hunk David Clapper is an Atlanta celebrity. PHOTO: CatMax photography.

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.