Terry Wallace is Oaklawn’s Good Will Ambassador. He served as Track Announcer for 37 seasons until his retirement from the booth in 2011. He begins his 38th season as a member of the Oaklawn team. He is also Simulcast Host during the track’s Simulcast Season.
Terry has been called “The Most Recognizable Voice in Arkansas”, and called every race at Oaklawn from 1975 until early 2010, never missing a day at the track during that lengthy stretch. On March 25, 2011, he became the first announcer in history to call 20,000 consecutive races at one track without ever missing one. One of racing’s most versatile individuals, he has performed as racecaller at Ak-Sar-Ben, Louisiana Downs, The Great Barrington Fair, River Downs, Horsemen’s Park and numerous other tracks; as a journalist he has been a regular contributor for Daily Racing Form and a number of other newspapers and racing periodicals; and as a broadcaster his racecalls have become popular on radio and television across the nation.
Wallace has a B.A. degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he majored in modern language. He also spent a year at The Sorbonne in Paris, France.
He has been inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, on the Board of Directors of the Garland County Literacy Council; and actively engaged in numerous other community activities. He received the 2010 Man-of-the-Year Award from the Arkansas Division of the H.B.P.A., the received the President’s Award from the Garland County Hospitality Association, the Diamond Award from the Advertising and Promotion Commission for his efforts on behalf of tourism in the area, the John Woodruff Award, a lifetime achievment award from the International Association of Broadcasters and the Mr. Fitz Award from the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. He will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February, 2012. He has a son, Ernie, in domestic management near Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, Jake, band director at Southeast Oklahoma State University; a daughter, Sarah, in the food service business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren.