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PRN's Garage Pass Daily Show
PRN's Fast Talk
Racing Rocks with Riki Rachtman
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The Big Show - John Boy and Billy Online
The BUZZ - Raceday
Carey and Coffey Radio Show
The Final Lap with Kerry Murphey
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  • Daytona will be Barney Hall's final play-by-play race: The voice, as melodious as a choir, as familiar as family. It has been a part of the soundtrack of our lives from childhood and adulthood to weddings and funerals. That sweet Southern dialect carried many listeners through lazy summer afternoons and those cold February Sundays. Even now, the man behind the voice can slip into some places unnoticed ... until he speaks. Then, they know. That's Barney Hall. That's the man who has brought NASCAR to them for decades. With more than 50 years of calling races, the 82-year-old Hall will remain a vibrant part of Motor Racing Network broadcasts, but tonight's Coke Zero 400 will be his final as MRN's lead play-by-play announcer in the booth. "The years have gone by so quick, it's just so hard to believe,'' Hall said with a smile during a break at Daytona International Speedway.(Motor Racing Network)(7-5-2014)

  • "Tony Stewart Live" Wednesday night on SiriusXM: Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #14-Tony Stewart will host a special edition of his show Tony Stewart Live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Wednesday, June 25th (7:00-9:00pm/et). Stewart and co-host Matt Yocum will broadcast live from Charlotte, NC, where they will take a look back at the first half of the 2014 season and preview the upcoming race weekend at Kentucky Speedway as well as next month's "1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, which will take place at Stewart's Eldora Speedway on July 23. Fans will be able to call in and speak with Stewart and Yocum (1-866-PIT-LANE) or submit questions/comments via Twitter (@SiriusXMNASCAR) using the hashtag #AskSmoke, or on Facebook . The broadcast will be available to subscribers nationwide on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, available on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and at www.SiriusXM.com.(SiriusXM)(6-25-2014)

  • Eli Gold to be inducted in Alabama Sports Hall of Fame: Veteran Motor Racing Network broadcaster Eli Gold will be honored later this month with induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to being one of the most recognizable announcers in MRN's award-winning lineup of motor sports professionals, Gold has been the play-by-play voice of University of Alabama football since 1988. Gold - a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. - started in the sports broadcasting field in 1972. In a career now spanning five decades, he's done play-by-play for a number of hockey teams including the Birmingham Bulls, St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators; as well as a four-year stint as the play-by-play announcer for the Birmingham Barons baseball team. He joined the Motor Racing Network in 1976 and began his current tenure as the voice of Crimson Tide football 12 years later. In that role, Gold has been named Alabama Sportscaster of the year four times. The induction ceremony for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will take place on Saturday, May 17, in Birmingham.(Motor Racing Network)(5-8-2014)

  • Wendy Venturini expands co-anchor role with PRN, to debut new podcast: The Performance Racing Network (PRN) announced the launch of "Racing Home" with Wendy Venturini and her expanded role with the network for 2014. The new web series that will debut January 30 on GoPRN.com and iTunes will feature behind-the-scenes interviews focusing on the NASCAR family and its members. Venturini knows a thing or two about being a part of the NASCAR family and has been around the sport since she was young, following her father as he competed in the NSCS and the ARCA Re/Max Series. In addition to her NASCAR family roots, Venturini also boasts a long and impressive resume covering the sport for DirecTV, SPEED, FoxSports1 and PRN. In addition to hosting "Racing Home" Venturini will expand her role with PRN even further in 2014 by co-anchoring the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) broadcasts for PRN from Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will also become the first female to co-anchor a NSCS broadcast when she does so during the Sylvania 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Sept.(PRN)(1-30-2014)

  • MRN's Steve Post to appear on Food Network: Motor Racing Network pit reporter Steve Post, also the co-host of MRN.com's weekly "Fast Food" program during the NASCAR season, will be featured in an upcoming episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" on the Food Network. The show, titled "Soup, Salad and Seafood," is hosted by Guy Fieri and will air Monday, Dec. 30, at 10pm/et. It was taped in October at "PotPie," a home-style restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. Post says next week's program is an outgrowth of a friendship he and Fieri have struck up in recent years.
    "We had a chance to interview Guy when he was Grand Marshal for a Sprint Cup Series race in Sonoma (Calif.)," Post said. "We hit it off pretty good and talked about doing some more shows together, previewing great places to eat in upcoming race towns." Their schedules merged again this year, in early October. Fieri was in the Midwest to tape next week's show and Post was on his way to Kansas Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series race. "I shot him a note about being in Kansas City and the first thing he texted back was an invitation to one of their tapings," Post recalls. "The next morning at 7 a.m., I was headed to PotPie. I assumed I was there to watch the taping and was just trying to stay out of the way when he (Fieri) grabbed a chair and said, 'Post, sit here.' The next thing I know, we were sitting with cameras rolling talking about the incredible chicken pot pie that was served to me."(Motor Racing Network)(12-26-2013)

  • Brickyard 400 events on Radio: The IMS Radio Network will provide live coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series action this weekend during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. All broadcasts will be heard on IMS Radio Network affiliates and Sirius XM Channel 90. A Sprint Cup qualifying show is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with coverage of the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race from 4-7 p.m. Live coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Sprint Cup race will start at noon Sunday. The IMS Radio Network team: Doug Rice, anchor; John Andretti, driver analyst; Donald Davidson, historian; Mike King, Turn 1 reporter; Jake Query, Turn 2 reporter; Mark Jaynes, Turn 3 reporter; Chris Denari, Turn 4 reporter; Brett McMillan, Brad Gillie, Pat Patterson, Nick Yeoman, pit reporters.(IMS)(7-27-2013)

  • PRN Launches Mobile App: The Performance Racing Network [PRN[ launched their first mobile app giving fans access to award-winning PRN programming and NASCAR coverage right at their fingertips. "NASCAR fans want their race broadcasts, news and information on the go, and now we're able to deliver the Performance Racing Network wherever they go," said Doug Rice, president and co-anchor of the Performance Racing Network. "With the new PRN mobile app, they can access all PRN race coverage, PRN's "Fast Talk" show, PRN's "O'Reilly Auto Parts Pit Reporters" and PRN's "Garage Pass", along with the latest photos and videos. Fans can now listen to PRN on more platforms than ever before. PRN programming is available on more than 650 affiliate stations, GoPRN.com, SiriusXM Radio, NASCAR.com, TuneIn and now through the Performance Racing Network mobile app. More info at goprn.com.(PRN)(3-7-2013)

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)

  • 2013 Guest List for PRN's Up to SPEED:
    The following drivers are scheuled to appear PRN's Up to Speed - February 19th, 20th & 21st
    at the Volusia Mall, 1700 W Int'l Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
    "PRN Up to Speed" is also broadcast live for millions of listeners around the world and streamed online at GoPRN.com.
    PRN's president and co-anchor Doug Rice looks forward to giving the fans the opportunity to see their favorite drivers up close every year. "It's a really fun event for us to host," said Rice. "The anticipation of the new year brings an excitement to fans that is hard to find anywhere else and we're lucky to be a part of it." Along with the all-star lineup of drivers scheduled to attend, "PRN Up to Speed" will also include a stellar lineup of guest hosts to appear alongside PRN's Mark Garrow, including Jeff Hammond of NASCAR on Fox and Wendy Venturini of SPEED. The three night event lineup includes (all pimes pm/et):
    Tuesday, February 19 ~ Hosts Mark Garrow & Jeff Hammond
    6:05 David Ragan, #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
    6:05 Aric Almirola, #43 Smithfield Foods Ford
    6:15 Johanna Long, #70 Biomet & Foretravel Motorcoach Chevy
    6:25 Dave Blaney, #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy
    6:35 James Buescher, #31 Rheem Chevy
    6:45 Peter Britten, Super DIRT Series Big-Block Modified driver from Australia

    Wednesday, February 20 ~ Host Mark Garrow & Wendy Venturini
    6:05 Carl Edwards, #99 Aflac Ford
    6:15 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Lowes Chevy
    6:25 Ryan Newman, #39 Quicken Loans Chevy
    Kasey Kahne, #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy
    6:35 Jeff Gordon, #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy
    6:45 Tony Stewart, #14 Bass Pro/Mobil1 & Danica Patrick, #10 GoDaddy Chevy

    Thursday, February 21 ~ Host Mark Garrow
    6:05 Matt Kenseth, #20 Dollar General Toyota
    6:15 Greg Biffle, #16 3M Ford
    6:25 Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota
    6:35 Marcose Ambrose #9 Stanley Tools Ford
    Richard Petty - The King!
    6:45 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88 National Guard/Amp Energy Drink Chevy
    Directions and more info at: volusiamall.net.


    The "PRN Up to Speed" shows are carried on approximately 100 stations and can be heard live on http://www.goprn.com/. Clips of each show will be available on http://www.goprn.com/ the following day. This year shows are from 6-7 p.m. ET on Feb 19, 20 and 21 and admission is free. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis.

  • Motor Racing Network at Daytona: Motor Racing Network kicked off its 2013 schedule with 25 hours of coverage from last month's Rolex 24 at Daytona. For February, MRN has slated 33 hours of exclusive radio and streaming content from Budweiser Speedweeks to launch the 2013 NASCAR season. Saturday's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (formerly the Budweiser Shootout) opens a stretch of nine races in as many days for Motor Racing Network as it heads into its 44th year of broadcasting. That'll culminate with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24. In addition to servicing its traditional network of radio affiliates, MRN will provide a number of webcasts heard only at MotorRacingNetwork.com including the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19; and coverage of Sprint Cup Series practice sessions Feb. 15, 20 and 23.
    "This is an ambitious schedule and one that'll provide complete coverage of Budweiser Speedweeks for our loyal listeners and now, those who regularly visit our website," said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. "If it happens at Daytona International Speedway over the next couple weeks, you'll hear about it on Motor Racing Network."
    The first race of Speedweeks 2013 will be Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, featuring Cup Series pole winners from last season in a non-points special event. Air time is 7:00pm/et with Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle anchoring the broadcast. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.
    Start-to-finish coverage of Daytona 500 Qualifying will follow on Sunday at 1:00pm/et, when the front row is set for the season-opening Sprint Cup Series race. Carl Edwards is bidding to become the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500 poles since Ken Schrader put three in a row together from 1988-1990.
    A full week of pre-"500" programming opens Monday, Feb. 18, with a one-hour special "Daytona 500: Turning of the Tide," featuring memorable moments and game-changing drama from the 54-year history of "The Great American Race." Two special editions of "NASCAR Live" with Eli Gold will air Feb. 19 and 21. Thursday's program will include a recap of the Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races. Scheduled guests are drivers Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The ninth season of "NASCAR Performance Live" gets rolling Feb. 20 featuring crew chief Paul Wolfe from Penske Racing, who helped guide Brad Keselowski to the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship.
    The NextEra Energy Resources 250, opening race of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series, will air Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:00pm/et. James Buescher is back to defend his 2012 championship. The following day, MRN will broadcast the DRIVE-4-C.O.P.D. 300 Nationwide Series opener at 1:00pm/et. Budweiser Speedweeks concludes with complete coverage of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24. Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner, with Keselowski opening his bid for a second consecutive Cup Series championship.
    All told in 2013, MRN is broadcasting 88 live events from 34 different venues - spread across NASCAR's three top national series, as well as exclusive radio coverage of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
    MOTOR RACING NETWORK / 2013 Budweiser Speed Weeks Schedule
    Feb. 15 Sprint Cup Series Practice, 6:30 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 16 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 17 Daytona 500 Qualifying, 1 p.m.
    Feb. 18 "Daytona 500: Turning of the Tide," 7 p.m.
    Feb. 19 "NASCAR Live," 7 p.m.
    Feb. 20 Sprint Cup Series Practice, 2:30 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 21 Budweiser Duel at Daytona, 1 p.m.
    Feb. 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 23 FINAL Daytona 500 Practice, 10:30 a.m. (streaming only)
    NASCAR Nationwide Series, 12:45 p.m.
    Feb. 24 55th Running of the Daytona 500, 12 p.m.
    More info at motorracingnetwork.com.(MRN)(2-16-2013)

  • Dirty Mo Radio Set to Launch Feb. 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports announced today the birth of Dirty Mo Radio, an online home for radio-style podcasts centrally themed around NASCAR's 10-time most popular driver. Dirty Mo Radio will be based at Earnhardt Jr.'s official site, www.DaleJr.com, but its podcasts will also be available free-of-charge on common podcasting outlets such as iTunes. More info at dalejr.com.(2-14-2013)

  • Motor Racing Network in Daytona: Motor Racing Network kicked off its 2013 schedule with 25 hours of coverage from last month's Rolex 24 at Daytona. For February, MRN has slated 33 hours of exclusive radio and streaming content from Budweiser Speedweeks to launch the 2013 NASCAR season. Saturday's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (formerly the Budweiser Shootout) opens a stretch of nine races in as many days for Motor Racing Network as it heads into its 44th year of broadcasting. That'll culminate with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.
    In addition to servicing its traditional network of radio affiliates, MRN will provide a number of webcasts heard only at MotorRacingNetwork.com including the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19; and coverage of Sprint Cup Series practice sessions Feb. 15, 20 and 23.
    "This is an ambitious schedule and one that'll provide complete coverage of Budweiser Speedweeks for our loyal listeners and now, those who regularly visit our website," said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. "If it happens at Daytona International Speedway over the next couple weeks, you'll hear about it on Motor Racing Network."
    The first race of Speedweeks 2013 will be Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, featuring Cup Series pole winners from last season in a non-points special event. Air time is 7:00om/et with Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle anchoring the broadcast. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.
    Start-to-finish coverage of Daytona 500 Qualifying will follow on Sunday at 1:00pm/et, when the front row is set for the season-opening Sprint Cup Series race. Carl Edwards is bidding to become the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500 poles since Ken Schrader put three in a row together from 1988-1990.
    A full week of pre-"500" programming opens Monday, Feb. 18, with a one-hour special "Daytona 500: Turning of the Tide," featuring memorable moments and game-changing drama from the 54-year history of "The Great American Race."
    Two special editions of "NASCAR Live" with Eli Gold will air Feb. 19 and 21. Thursday's program will include a recap of the Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races. Scheduled guests are drivers Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    The ninth season of "NASCAR Performance Live" gets rolling Feb. 20 featuring crew chief Paul Wolfe from Penske Racing, who helped guide Brad Keselowski to the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship.
    MRN streaming content will include both nights of the Battle At The Beach, a showcase for three of NASCAR's top regional series: the Whelen All-American Series for Late Models, the Whelen Modified Tour and the K&N Pro Series. Coverage will begin at 7 p.m. on both Feb. 18 and 19.
    The NextEra Energy Resources 250, opening race of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series, will air Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. James Buescher is back to defend his 2012 championship. The following day, MRN will broadcast the DRIVE-4-C.O.P.D. 300 Nationwide Series opener at 1 p.m.
    Budweiser Speedweeks concludes with complete coverage of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24. Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner, with Keselowski opening his bid for a second consecutive Cup Series championship. All told in 2013, MRN is broadcasting 88 live events from 34 different venues - spread across NASCAR's three top national series, as well as exclusive radio coverage of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
    MOTOR RACING NETWORK / 2013 Budweiser Speed Weeks Schedule (All times EST)
    Feb. 15 Sprint Cup Series Practice, 6:30 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 16 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 17 Daytona 500 Qualifying, 1 p.m.
    Feb. 18 "Daytona 500: Turning of the Tide," 7 p.m.
    UNOH Battle At The Beach, 7 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 19 "NASCAR Live," 7 p.m.
    UNOH Battle At The Beach, 7 p.m. (streaming only)
    Feb. 20 Sprint Cup Series Practice, 2:30 p.m. (streaming only)
    "NASCAR Performance Live," 7 p.m.
    Feb. 21 Budweiser Duel at Daytona, 1 p.m.
    "NASCAR Live," 7 p.m.
    Feb. 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 23 FINAL Daytona 500 Practice, 10:30 a.m. (streaming only)
    NASCAR Nationwide Series, 12:45 p.m.
    Feb. 24 55th Running of the Daytona 500, 12 p.m.
    (MRN)(2-14-2013)

  • Garrow honored...Congrats: Jayski.com Business Manager and Performance Racing Network broadcaster, Mark Garrow, was honored today. Garrow was inducted into the Castleton State College Hall of Fame on Sunday morning in nearby Vermont. Garrow then helicoptered to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to make the radio call of the Sylvania 300.(9-23-2012)

  • Performance Racing Network back at the track, live qualifying: Now, fans can tune in to the weekend's PRN broadcast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from almost anywhere in the world online or on any iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android or Smartphone. Fans just need to visit www.GoPRN.com and click on the "listen here" live streaming icon. This weekend's broadcast of the F.W. Webb 200 and LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway represents the seventh weekend of races that will be available free via the PRN network. The response has been incredible, with fans tuning in online from all 50 states and 63 countries. In addition, millions of fans listen on more than 400 PRN affiliate stations and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). A complete list of PRN stations with their links can be found on www.GoPRN.com.
    The online and radio station broadcast schedule includes (all times are ET):
    Friday 3:30 pm Qualifying for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, exclusively on www.GoPRN.com
    Saturday, 3 p.m., F.W. Webb 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race
    Sunday, 12noon, LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race
    AND Performance Racing Network will bring back Wendy Venturini to the broadcast booth for the F.W. Webb 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, after tremendous fan feedback on her debut performance as the first-ever female to co-host a NASCAR radio broadcast at Charlotte. This Saturday, PRN will pair Venturini with PRN co-host Mark Garrow in the booth to announce Saturday's F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Venturini joins the broadcast team of turn announcers Rob Albright and Brad Gillie, pit reporters Steve Richards, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Pat Patterson, director Alicia Lingerfeldt and technical director Harrill Hamrick. On Sunday, July 15, host Doug Rice will return to the booth with Mark Garrow for the broadcast of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.(Performance Racing Network)(7-13-2012)

  • Free PRN Race Broadcasts Online: Now, you can tune in to the weekend's PRN broadcast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Sonoma from almost anywhere in the world online or on any iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android or Smartphone. Fans just need to visit www.GoPRN.com and click on the "listen here" live streaming icon.
    This weekend's broadcast of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway represents the fifth weekend of races that will be available free via the PRN network. The response has been incredible, with fans tuning in online from all 50 states and 63 countries. In addition, millions of fans listen on more than 400 PRN affiliate stations and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). A complete list of PRN stations with their links can be found on www.GoPRN.com.
    The online and radio station broadcast schedule includes (all times are ET):
    Friday, June 22 6:30 pm Sonoma Sprint Cup Qualifying Updates heard exclusively on PRN [NOT live on TV]
    Sunday, June 24 2:00 pm WIX Pre-Race Show and Toyota/Save Mart 350 Broadcast
    "The NASCAR world is still buzzing over the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. win at Michigan, so we expect interest to be high for this week's action," said Doug Rice, president of the Performance Racing Network. "It allows us to bring NASCAR fans closer to the racing experience and the stars that they love. This is a great way for PRN to expand our race coverage for race fans. We're proud to be able to offer this new addition to our race lineup."
    The PRN lineup will feature Doug Rice and Mark Garrow anchoring from the booth while a trio of turn announcers will call the action around the 1.99-mile road course. Brad Gillie and Pat Patterson will be stationed in the hills and Rob Albright will be in the always exciting Turn 11. Pit road will be covered by Jim Noble, Steve Richards, Brett McMillan and Wendy Venturini.(PRN)(6-22-2012)

  • PRN add Wendy Venturini to the booth: The Performance Racing Network, long known for its engaging, fan-friendly broadcasts, is making history this weekend - rightfully at the History 300. It will make Wendy Venturini the first-ever female announcer to lead the NASCAR radio broadcast from the booth. PRN is expanding the role for pit reporter Venturini at Charlotte to pair her with PRN president Doug Rice in the booth to announce Saturday's History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is the first time in history a female has anchored a NASCAR radio broadcast. Venturini joins the broadcast team of turn announcers Rob Albright and Brad Gillie, pit reporters Steve Richards, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Pat Patterson, director Alicia Lingerfeldt and technical director Harrill Hamrick.
    Venturini spends most weekends as a reporter for SPEED's pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay, and other SPEED programming, in addition to working as a pit reporter for selected races for PRN. Previously, she was a pit reporter in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Venturini is a 2000 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2007, Venturini was one of the commentators for DIRECTV NASCAR HotPass, making her the first female play-by-play television announcer in auto racing history.
    The PRN broadcast of the History 300 airs on local affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90) beginning at 2:00pm/et on Saturday, May 26. The broadcast also will be available online at www.GoPRN.com. On Sunday, May 27, host Mark Garrow will return to the booth with Doug Rice for the broadcast of the 53rd running of the Coca-Cola 600, beginning at 5:00pm/et.(PRN)(5-26-2012)

  • National Speed Sport News, Raceday on FOX Sports Radio Team Up: National Speed Sport News, which relaunched in March with an all-new monthly magazine, has partnered with RaceDay on FOX Sports Radio, hosted by industry veteran Rob D'Amico. Beginning Memorial Day Sunday, the program will be rebranded "SPEED SPORT on FOX Sports Radio," and air every Sunday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. ET on more than 250 FOX Sports Radio affiliates, XM Satellite Channel 169, and the American Forces Network. The program will also stream live online at www.iheartradio.com, www.foxsports.com, and via the iHeart Radio mobile app. Archives will be available at speedsportonfox.com and nationalspeedsportnews.com/radio.
    RaceDay on FOX Sports Radio, now in its 10th year, has developed a large, passionate audience by being both informative and entertaining as race fans prepare for a typical Sunday of racing. Host Rob D'Amico is a radio veteran whose enthusiasm for motorsports is the backbone of the show. By incorporating SPEED SPORT talent, content and perspective, the show will further position itself as the leading motorsports news/talk program on radio.(SPEED SPORT Magazine/Premiere Radio Networks)(5-25-2012)

  • PRN Set to Broadcast to Worldwide Audience: PRN is prepared to broadcast the events surrounding NASCAR's greatest test of man and machine, the Coca-Cola 600. PRN will provide live coverage of LiftMaster Pole Night from CMS on Thursday May 24, at 7 p.m., heard exclusively on goprn.com.
    PRN will air the HISTORY Channel 300 on Saturday May 26, air time is 2 p.m., the Coca-Cola 600 will air on 400 radio stations including SIRIUS-XM Channel 90. PRN coverage starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday May 27. All PRN race broadcast are available online at PRN affiliate website and also a goprn.com.
    The PRN broadcast includes co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow, turn announcers Brad Gillie, Rob Albright, pit reporters Jim Noble, Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson.(CMS)(5-24-2012)

  • Free PRN NASCAR Race Broadcasts now online: Now, you can tune in to the PRN broadcasts of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series from almost anywhere in the world that has internet or cell service - and listen to the races on any iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android or Smartphone platform or online. Fans just need to visit www.GoPRN.com and click on the "listen here" live streaming icon. This weekend's broadcast of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway represents the third weekend of races that will be available free via the PRN network. The response has been incredible, with fans tuning in online from all 50 states and 63 countries. In addition, millions of fans listen on more than 415 PRN affiliate stations and SiriusXM Radio. A complete list of PRN stations with their links can be found on www.GoPRN.com.
    The online and radio station broadcast schedule includes (all times are ET):
    Friday, April 13th:
    6 pm: Qualifying for the Samsung Mobile 500 at TMS (exclusively online)
    8 pm: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at TMS
    Saturday, April 14th
    6:30 pm Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race from TMS.
    "We are excited about the response we've received from fans around the world to our new broadcast platform," said Doug Rice, president of the Performance Racing Network. "It allows us to bring NASCAR fans closer to the racing experience and the stars that they love. This is a great way for PRN to expand our race coverage for race fans. We're proud to be able to offer this new addition to our race lineup."(PRN)(4-13-2012)

  • Barney Hall returns to broadcast booth at Martinsville: As NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway this week, fans who tune in or log on to MotorRacingNetwork.com will hear a familiar voice describing the action. Barney Hall will be back behind the Motor Racing Network microphone as the March racing schedule comes to a close. The Hall of Fame broadcaster was under the weather last month and sidelined for Speedweeks at Daytona, missing the season-opening Daytona 500 for just the third time in the race's 54-year history. He returns to the booth this weekend, rejoining Joe Moore to anchor the network's coverage of Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series competition from the Martinsville half-mile.(Motor Racing Network)(3-28-2012)

  • SiriusXM to Broadcast Races Online and on SiriusXM App: Sirius XM Radio and NASCAR announced an agreement to simulcast the programming on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel in its entirety - which includes live broadcasts of every national series race, plus daily NASCAR talk - online for SiriusXM subscribers nationwide. Starting with this weekend's races in Fontana, CA (March 24-25), subscribers who have SiriusXM Internet Radio access can listen to live broadcasts of every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on the SiriusXM NASCAR radio channel through their computers at siriusxm.com and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphone and wireless devices. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, is available to Sirius subscribers, XM Premier (formerly known as "The Best of Sirius") and SiriusXM Premier subscribers. SiriusXM and NASCAR recently agreed to a five-year extension of their satellite broadcasting agreement. SiriusXM will continue to broadcast every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race live nationwide through 2016. Listeners also get daily NASCAR talk and expert analysis 365 days a year on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.(SiriusXM)(3-22-2012)

  • MRN poised for Daytona 500: Motor Racing Network will hit the airwaves with 467 affiliate radio stations available to race fans throughout North America for Sunday's 54th running of the Daytona 500. "The expansion of our 2012 affiliate lineup is a reflection of the ever-growing NASCAR fan base, which can count on Motor Racing Network for comprehensive, compelling coverage of the sport," said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. "In addition to that network of affiliates, which is the foundation of our efforts, Daytona 500 coverage will feature additional distribution sources including live streaming at individual stations' websites, at MotorRacingNetwork.com, and on Sirius Satellite Radio." The 467 affiliated radio stations carrying Sunday's MRN coverage of the Daytona 500 represent 49 states and Canada, with a Spanish language broadcast on ESPN Deportes. In addition, American Forces Radio will bring the race to more than one million men and women in the United States military stationed around the world. Sunday's MRN broadcast of the Daytona 500 will be anchored by Joe Moore and Eli Gold. Air time is 12 pm/et.(MRN Radio)(2-25-2012)

  • PRN Celebrates 20 Years of "Up to Speed" at Daytona Beach: PRN has been visiting the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach for 20 years but there has been a lot more than just shopping taking place. This will mark the 20th year in a row the Performance Racing Network has hosted talk shows from the mall for a live audience featuring the top names in NASCAR. One of the most popular free events on the Daytona calendar for NASCAR fans, the PRN "Up to Speed" from Daytona Beach annually draws thousands of attendees for the live show and millions of listeners for the broadcast heard on some 100 stations around the world. The PRN "Up to Speed" shows are carried on approximately 100 stations and can be heard live on http://www.goprn.com/. Video broadcasts of each show will be available on goprn.com the following day. This year shows are from 6-7 p.m. ET on Feb 21, 22 and 23 and there is no admission for the shows. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis. See the scheduled lineup at www.goprn.com/shows/fast_talk/.(Performance Racing Network)(2-21-2012)

  • Speedway official: Judge overturned jury verdict: A Superior Court judge has overturned a jury verdict that would have forced New Hampshire Motor Speedway to pay nearly $1 million in damages to the Motor Racing Network Inc., according to the speedway's general manager. "We really feel like we went through the legal system and that justice was done," Jerry Gappens, who also is the speedway's executive vice president, said Thursday night. In late September, a Merrimack County Superior Court ordered the speedway to pay Motor Racing Network $993,724 in damages for an alleged termination of a broadcasting agreement without three years' notice. Judge Richard B. McNamara had ruled prior to the trial that the agreement between the parties was not an enforceable contract, but allowed the case to go to trial solely on the issue of whether New Hampshire Speedway made a promise to Motor Racing Network, that the radio broadcaster relied on that promise and incurred damages as a result of its being broken. The speedway immediately appealed the jury's verdict to McNamara; on Thursday he reversed it, Gappens said. "I was stunned in September. I walked out of the courtroom in disbelief," he said. "I wasn't surprised today, but I'm certainly very pleased." According to court records, Motor Racing Network broadcast races at the speedway from approximately 1990 through 2008. Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought the track in January 2008 and replaced Motor Racing Network with its own radio network, Performance Racing Network, according to court records.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(1-28-2012)

  • Court orders NHMS to pay ISC over radio fee: A jury in New Hampshire has ordered Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s New Hampshire Motor Speedway to pay International Speedway Corp.'s Motor Racing Network approximately $950,000 after a weeklong trial to determine whether MRN deserved a contract termination fee from the race track, according to an ISC statement. When SMI bought the New Hampshire track in January 2008, it wanted its Sprint Cup and Nationwide races on its own radio network, Performance Racing Network. But NHIS had a contract with MRN that ISC said required a three-year notice of termination. MRN ended up broadcasting the June 2008 Nationwide and Cup races from the newly named New Hampshire Motor Speedway and then PRN got the Cup race in September 2008 and all Nationwide and Cup events beginning in 2009.(SceneDaily)(10-1-2011)

  • Sirius NASCAR Radio gets new channel number: Starting Wednesday, May 4 SiriusXM is reorganizing their channel lineup and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will move to channel 90. For more information about the channel linuep change, see the SiriusXM web site.(5-4-2011)

  • MRN to broadcast Hall of Fame Induction: The Motor Racing Network will provide live coverage of the 2011 induction ceremony for the NASCAR Hall of Fame later this month as the cornerstone of its May schedule. The Hall of Fame induction will air live at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, May 23, capping a busy four-day stretch of broadcasts by the network that will include the Camping World Truck Series race May 20 and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21 - both originating from Charlotte Motor Speedway.(MRN)(5-6-2011)

  • Charlotte Media Market welcomes NASCAR Broadcast by PRN: The Performance Racing Network (PRN) has added WRFX 99.7 FM "The Fox," Charlotte, N.C.'s "Best Classic Rock" station, as the new flagship station in the heart of NASCAR country to its lineup of affiliate partners. Starting with Sunday's broadcast of the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas at 3:00pm/et, WRFX 99.7 FM will carry PRN's live broadcast of 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point races this season, including Speedway Motorsports Incorporated races originating from Atlanta, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Texas, Infineon Raceway and Bristol. The broadcast schedule will also include the historic Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend from Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as the Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis.PRN will also receive promotional support for its broadcasts from other Clear Channel Communications stations, including Charlotte-based country music station WKKT 96.9 FM "The Kat." WKKT morning show host Paul Schadt also co-hosts "zMAX Racing Country," a weekly two-hour variety show featuring insights and interviews from behind the scenes of NASCAR and Nashville, syndicated on 300 affiliates nationwide through the Performance Racing Network.
    Performance Racing Network (PRN) is a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.. PRN produces and distributes programming 365 days a year for more than 750 radio affiliates throughout the United States. Millions of listeners count on PRN for live race coverage and nationally syndicated shows including "Garage Pass," "Fast Talk," and "The Pit Reporters." For more information, visit www.goprn.com.(3-3-2011)

  • MRN visits Speediatrics: Announcers and staff from the Motor Racing Network helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of the NASCAR Foundation with a trip to visit patients at Speediatrics, the inpatient pediatrics unit at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. MRN not only had the chance to tour the state-of-the-art facility, but more importantly had the opportunity to talk with some of the patients along with distributing NASCAR Foundation Teddy Bears and Valentines Day gift bags. Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation and its supporters have been the heart of the NASCAR community, encouraging, facilitating and guiding philanthropic efforts. In five years, The NASCAR Foundation has awarded $11.5 million in charitable donations. The effort of The NASCAR Foundation has served more than 600 charities, assisted in providing 20,000 children with medical treatment each year at Speediatrics' hospital units in Daytona Beach and Miami, Fla., given more than 1,000 children the Victory Junction camping experience, and fulfilled 500 NASCAR Dreams by bringing youth to a race track for a once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR race experience. The NASCAR Foundation is dedicated to raising funds and increasing volunteerism to support charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that help children to live happier, healthier lives.(MRN), more info about NASCAR Day on my Racing Charities page.(2-16-2011)

  • PRN Schedules 13 Live Broadcasts from The Speedway Club: Beginning Monday, Jan. 17, the Performance Racing Network (PRN) drops the green flag on the first in a series of 13 live broadcasts of the popular show "Fast Talk" from The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The broadcasts are scheduled from January to December and will be a part of the Club's "Man Cave Monday" promotion. Throughout the year the shows will include celebrity guests and co-hosts from the NASCAR industry, starting this Monday with Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace who will join "Fast Talk" host Doug Rice. "Fast Talk" gives listeners the opportunity to call or e-mail questions for the celebrity guests. Fans can call in during the show to 1-800-771-TALK (8255) between 7:00 and 8:00 pm/et to ask a question live on air. Fans can also submit questions on-site, as well as have an award-winning dining experience and a cold beverage of choice in The Speedway Club. PRN's "Fast Talk" can also be heard on the web. To catch the live broadcast or for a complete listing of PRN affiliates, visit www.goprn.com. Charlotte-area fans can attend the "Fast Talk" broadcast on Jan. 17 and make dinner reservations with The Speedway Club between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. by calling 704-455-3216. The event is free for Club members and for non-members who make dinner reservations. There is a $5 cover charge (applicable toward food and beverage) for those not dining.(PRN)(1-15-2011)

  • PRN Up to Speed Guests Announced: Performance Racing Network's "Up To Speed" will feature two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers for the weekly question-and-answer session on the SPEED stage. Brad Keselowski and Elliott Sadler will participate in the "Up To Speed" event hosted by Performance Racing Network personalities beginning at 4:00 pm/et on Sunday, Sept. 5 on the SPEED Stage. The SPEED stage is located near Bruton Smith Park in the Display Lot, located outside the Earnhardt Grandstand near the main entrance to Atlanta Motor Speedway. "The 'PRN Up To SPEED' program has been a huge success, giving our fans a chance to hear and see the drivers in a candid and fun environment," said Doug Rice, president and general manager of the Performance Racing Network and host of "PRN Up To SPEED" earlier this year. "The drivers have all been very cooperative in reaching out to their fans and it shows every time we go on stage."(AMS)(9-5-2010)

  • Barney Hall recipient of the 2009 NMPA Myers Brothers Award: MRN Radio's Barney Hall, known to generations of NASCAR fans for his distinctive delivery and storytelling, is the recipient of the 2009 NMPA Myers Brothers Award. The award, named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers, was presented Thursday in Las Vegas in conjunction with tonight's Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony - which will be broadcast live on MRN, with Hall and Joe Moore anchoring the coverage. Hall was recognized for a lifetime of achievement in radio broadcasting. He recently completed his 51st year covering stock car racing. He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and also has an award named for him that recognizes outstanding work in the field of radio broadcasting. "Despite all of NASCAR's changes through the years, Barney Hall remains one of the sport's constants,'' said NMPA President Dustin Long. "Barney is a regular Sunday visitor to many fans. He takes them to the track, describes the scene and shares unique stories about their racing heroes. He works with a grace and style that earns the respect of many."
    Voted on each year by members of the NMPA, the Myers Brothers Award recognizes individuals and/or groups that have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Mark Martin, runner-up in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup, and the late David Poole of The Charlotte Observer also were finalists.(MRN Radio)(12-4-2009)

  • "The Stewies" will be presented live from Las Vegas: #14-Tony Stewart and co-host Matt Yocum will announce the winners of the "Stewie Awards" - honoring the best, boldest and funniest moments of the 2009 NASCAR season - during a special broadcast airing nationwide on SIRIUS XM Radio, Thursday, December 3 from 7:00 to 9:00pm/pt - 10:00 to 12:00pm/et. Broadcast will air live on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, SIRIUS channel 128 and XM channel 128 (with the "Best of SIRIUS") from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Masquerade Village Stage in Las Vegas, NV. The event will be open to the public. Guests scheduled to appear live on the show include: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #5-Mark Martin, #24-Jeff Gordon, #2-Kurt Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin, #16-Greg Biffle, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #39-Ryan Newman, #9-Kasey Kahne, #99-Carl Edwards and #83-Brian Vickers. Robin Leach will be the celebrity host.(Sirius)(12-2-2009)

  • ESPN Radio Revs Up NASCAR Coverage: RaceDay to Originate from Homestead-Miami Speedway. ESPN Radio will be dialed in throughout the final week of the 2009 NASCAR season providing comprehensive coverage as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads for the checkered flag. Listeners and simulcast viewers (Mike & Mike in the Morning and the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN2, The Herd with Colin Cowherd ESPNU) will get to hear from ESPN NASCAR experts as well as NASCAR drivers. Rusty Wallace, Marty Smith, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Jarrett are among those expected to contribute. Weekend morning's RaceDay will originate from Homestead-Miami Speedway, sight of Sunday's final race.
    Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 am/et M-F): Rusty Wallace (Friday); co-hosts Greenberg & Golic will also feature NASCAR during some daily "What's Everyone Talking About" segments
    The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10 am - 2 pm/et M-F): NASCAR will be featured during several daily "Spanning the Globe" segments; Homestead preview coverage Friday and re-cap Monday; NASCAR content will be included in podcasts posted after each show
    Scott Van Pelt Show (2-4 pm/et M-F): post-Homestead reaction and discussion; Homestead preview Friday and re-cap Monday
    Doug Gottlieb Show (4-7 pm/et M-F): Marty Smith (Friday); Sprint Cup winner Monday
    RaceDay with Pat Patterson (6-7am/et, Saturdays, Sundays): Saturday RaceDay will feature an interview with NASCAR Truck series champ Ron Hornaday who recently joined Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as a four-time NASCAR Champ, and the latest from the Nationwide Series where Kyle Busch needs to only start Saturday to pick up his first big time NASCAR title. Sunday RaceDay will focus on Jimmie Johnson as he attempts to make history with his run for a fourth consecutive Sprint Cup Series championship.(ESPN)

  • Gossage to pay tribute to "The Boss": Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage always has been the boss at the speedway since it opened in 1997, but Friday he will be paying tribute to "The Boss." No, not Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith, but Bruce Springsteen. Gossage was presented the special invitation to serve as guest DJ on E Street Radio, a dedicated channel for Springsteen on both XM Satellite Radio and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Gossage, a Springsteen fan for more than three decades, will choose his favorite songs and share some stories related to his appreciation of Springsteen throughout the one-hour show beginning 3:00pm/ct Friday on XM's Channel 58 and Sirius' Channel 10.(11-6-2009)

  • Chase drivers on Sirius Radio Thursday: This Thursday, September 17, on a special edition of SIRIUS NASCAR Radio's "Tradin Paint," hosts Rick Benjamin and Chocolate Myers are scheduled to speak one-on-one with all 12 Chase drivers over the course of the show, which airs between 11:00am-3:00pm/et.
    MORE: and Claire B Lang will have the Chase Crew Chiefs and NASCAR President and CEO Brian France on "Dialed In" on Sirius NASCAR Radio this Thursday 7-10pm/et.(SIRIUS XM Radio)(9-16-2009)

  • 12 Chase Crew Chiefs to take part in radio show: On Wed., Sept. 16, NASCAR's top twelve crew chiefs in the hunt for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship will take part in the annual Top 12 "NASCAR Performance Live" radio show broadcast originating in front of a live audience at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. Hosted by Larry McReynolds and Steve Post, the one-hour radio broadcast will air nationally on Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliates across the country beginning at 7:00pm/et and on Sirius NASCASR Radio Chanel 128 at 10:00pm/et. The program will be an all-access pit pass to a behind-the-scenes look at the technology and teamwork it takes to compete for championships. Audience members, which will include students from NASCAR Tech, will have the opportunity to interact with the men behind The Chase drivers and get the latest insight into each team's strategy heading into the final ten weeks of the season.(NASCAR)(9-14-2009)

  • Drivers to Conduct Fan Forums at Speedway Motorsports Races: NASCAR drivers and Speedway Motorsports are teaming up to bring fans closer to their favorite drivers than ever before. The new "PRN Up To SPEED" program will bring NASCAR's top names out for fan forums at the SPEED Stage during each of the 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends at Speedway Motorsports' seven speedways across the country. The Performance Racing Network's on-air personalities will emcee question-and-answer sessions with some of the sport's biggest personalities at the SPEED Stage leading up to SPEED's regularly scheduled weekend programming.
    "PRN Up To SPEED" will kick off Sunday at 9:30am/et, at the SPEED Stage located in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway midway. The stellar lineup will include Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch, legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Each Speedway Motorsports track [Atlanta, Bristol, Infineon, Las Vegas, Lowe's, New Hampshire, Texas] that hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will hold "PRN Up To SPEED" sessions during their respective race weekend. The location of the SPEED Stage may vary from track to track, but at all Speedway Motorsports facilities, the stage is always located in an area where access is free of charge for fans.(SMI PR)(3-1-2009)

  • MRN celevrates 40th year of coverage: Motor Racing Network (MRN Radio) celebrates its 40th DAYTONA 500 tomorrow by broadcasting the event over nearly 500 affiliate stations across North America, highlighted by legendary MRN personality Barney Hall calling his 50th "Great American Race."
    "We are thrilled to celebrate our 40th DAYTONA 500 this year and look forward to bringing NASCAR's most prestigious race to fans throughout North America in multiple languages and across multiple distribution networks including 490 affiliate stations, internet radio at NASCAR.com, and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio," said David Hyatt, president of MRN. "Our outstanding team of broadcasters, including the legendary Barney Hall, will call the exciting lap by lap action tomorrow. MRN Radio has already covered DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona, providing complete coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, Gatorade Duel at Daytona, and live race talk programming throughout the entire week," added Hyatt. "In my five decades of calling races, I've never been this excited to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup season," said MRN personality Barney Hall. "I think I speak for the entire MRN team when I tell you we feel privileged to bring the live action from the 'World Center of Racing' to the millions of fans across North America. We can't wait to kick off the 2009 season."(MRN PR)(2-15-2009)

  • Tony Stewart Live on Sirius ending? UPDATE: Speculation after listening to the final segment of Tony Stewart Live [Sirius Satellite Radio] on Thursday night [Dec 4th] is the radio show may be ending after their Stewie Awards champions week show in December. The show has aired two years.(11-20-2008)
    UPDATE: been told that the December 4th segment of Tony Stewart Live [Sirius Satellite Radio] will be the final show after a two-year run.(12-1-2008)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hosts 100th Episode of XM Radio Show: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will host the 100th episode of his XM Satellite Radio show "Dale Jr. Unrestricted" on June 12. The show airs Thursdays during NASCAR season at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT on the XM Sports Nation channel (XM 144). Encores air on XM at various times through the weekend. For show number one hundred, Earnhardt and his friend and co-host Josh Snider will do their weekly round-up of the latest NASCAR news, and they will talk with professional golfer Boo Weekley, who recently won the Verizon Heritage tournament for the second year in a row. The first episode of "Dale Jr. Unrestricted" premiered on XM on February 13, 2006.(XM Radio)(6-12-2008)

  • PRN gets New Hampshire rights beginning in September: Performance Racing Network will broadcast all Nationwide and Sprint Cup races from New Hampshire Motor Speedway beginning with the September 2008 race at the track. PRN is the radio network of new NHMS owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. and traditionally broadcasts events at SMI tracks. A dispute over the radio rights occurred after the sale because SMI rival International Speedway Corp. had a contract for its Motor Racing Network to do the races. SMI argued in court documents that the MRN contract was invalid. The two sides have agreed to a partial settlement in the case and will go to mediation for the remainder of the dispute. MRN will broadcast the upcoming races in June at the track. After that, PRN will broadcast the events, PRN President Doug Rice and ISC spokesman Wes Harris confirmed Wednesday morning.(SceneDaily)(5-7-2008)

  • MRN to air June New Hampshire race: Motor Racing Network will handle the radio broadcast of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races June 28-29 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, spokesman Wes Harris of MRN parent company International Speedway Corp. said Tuesday afternoon. Motor Racing Network, owned by the France family-controlled ISC and rival Performance Racing Network are involved in lawsuits over the radio broadcast rights stemming from PRN parent company Speedway Motorpsorts Inc.'s purchase of the track in January. PRN typically broadcasts the Nationwide and Cup races from SMI tracks. A partial settlement in their court battles has resulted in MRN being granted the exclusive broadcast rights for June and for the two sides to enter mediation in hopes of settling which network will broadcast the September 2008 weekend as well as the 2009 and 2010 weekends, Harris said. If the two sides can't agree on a settlement on what should happen beyond June, they will return to court in 60 days, according to court documents.(SceneDaily)(5-7-2008)

  • Dale Jr. to interview Danica on radio: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to interview popular Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick this week during his XM radio show, "Dale Jr. Unrestricted." The interview with Patrick, who won the Indy Japan 300 in April, will air nationwide on the XM Sports Nation Channel 144 this Thursday at 7:30pm. Encore broadcasts will air at 10:30pm on Thursday and 1:30pm and 6:30pm on Saturday.(5-1-2008)

  • PRN-MRN dispute over New Hampshire continues: With fewer than two months before Sprint Cup cars take to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway oval, there is no resolution on the question of which radio network will broadcast the events. The dispute between Motor Racing Network and Performance Racing Network for the radio rights for New Hampshire races will remain in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire for the time being. Both sides had filed lawsuits over the rights, which stem from the sale of the track from the Bahre family to Speedway Motorsports Inc. earlier this year. The track has a contract with MRN, which is owned by International Speedway Corp, a track-operating rival of Speedway Motorsports. Speedway Motorsports owns PRN and wants PRN to broadcast its events. PRN filed suit in New Hampshire a day before MRN sued PRN in Florida in March. PRN claims the contract is unenforceable. An injunction hearing was scheduled for today in Florida state court, but it has been postponed because the New Hampshire case was filed first. MRN has now asked for the U.S. District Court in New Hampshire to issue an injunction to allow it to broadcast the events this year. No hearing date has been set. The NASCAR race weekends are June 27-29 and Sept. 12-14. MRN's contract with NHIS requires it to give the track 25 percent of all advertising revenues. That has resulted in revenues of more than $750,000 for the track in the last seven years, according to court records. That would mean that MRN has taken in approximately $3 million in advertising revenue for New Hampshire events the last seven years, averaging approximately $429,000 a year.(SceneDaily)(4-30-2008)

  • PRN and MRN fighting over NHMS rights: Speedway Motorsports Inc. and International Speedway Corp. are suing each other over the radio broadcast rights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. ISC has had a long-standing contract with the track to broadcast the races on its Motor Racing Network. SMI, which bought the track in January, wants the races on its own Performance Racing Network. The current contract awarding MRN the option to broadcast races at the track was signed in 2000 and required a three-year notice of termination. MRN agreed to give the track 25 percent of its advertising revenues from the events it broadcasts, and in the last seven years, MRN has paid the track more than $750,000, according to court documents. According to court records, SMI claims the contract is not enforceable and that MRN didn't exercise its option in time to broadcast the Nationwide-Cup weekend June 28-29 and the Cup race Sept. 14. "MRN purportedly took the 'exclusive' right to broadcast all NASCAR events held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway," SMI Chairman Burton Smith wrote in a Feb. 7 letter to ISC that is part of the court file. "However, in this very same document, MRN left it open for itself to choose whether or not it would, in fact, broadcast any such events. As a result, there is no mutuality in the Agreement, and, the Agreement is ... unenforceable and void. I cannot in good faith allow New Hampshire Motor Speedway or SMI to be subjected to this one-sided document which leaves them in limbo, subject to the whims of MRN." An ISC letter in response to Smith, written by NASCAR Chairman Brian France as part of his role as a member of the ISC board of directors, states: "MRN has a three-year binding contract to produce those events, and it is impossible for them to simply walk away. Additionally, they have already started packaging and selling advertisements to these events." MRN claims it has contracts with advertisers from at least 11 major companies for New Hampshire broadcasts, according to court documents. ISC spokesman Wes Harris said Monday that "Just because the facility has changed hands doesn't mean that agreements are not supposed to be honored" and that time is of the essence. MRN has more than 500 affiliates for some of its Cup races, while PRN has more than 750 affiliates. "There's a lot of confusion in the marketplace, with these sponsors and affiliates," Harris said. "We need to get it resolved ASAP. ... Itıs not just impacting MRN and New Hampshire Speedway, it's impacting all these affiliates, it's impacting the various sponsors and advertisers. It's definitely a challenging situation." The lawsuit PRN filed is pending in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire with no hearings currently scheduled. The lawsuit MRN has filed is pending in Florida state court in Orlando, with a hearing for a temporary injunction scheduled for Wednesday.(SceneDaily)(4-8-2008)

  • Justice Dept Approves XM-Sirius Deal: The Justice Department approved Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio on Monday, saying the deal was unlikely to hurt competition or consumers. The deal was approved despite opposition from consumer groups and an intense lobbying campaign by the land-based radio industry. The buyout received shareholder approval in November. The companies said the merger will save hundreds of millions of dollars in operating costs - savings that will ultimately benefit their customers. The Justice Department, in a lengthy news release explaining its decision, said the two companies compete not just with each other but also with other forms of radio and entertainment.(Associated Press), no word how this will effect Sirius or XM's coverage of NASCAR.(3-24-2008)

  • MRN Announces New Programming: The Motor Racing Network (MRN) debuted its new "NASCAR Today Midday" program on over 100 radio stations nationwide on Monday. The program, which has been created in response to the demands of race fans for more NASCAR coverage, is a two-minute program that will air Monday through Friday at midday throughout the year. Kyle Rickey will headline the program.(MRN Radio PR)(2-12-2008)

  • PRN Radio wins six NMPA Awards: At the annual National Motorsports Press Association dinner, the Performance Racing Network [PRN] walked away with six radio awards. PRN's Doug Rice was named Broadcaster of the Year co-winner along with capturing first place in the short form feature and second place in the live event categories. Kent Bernhardt collect two awards - first place in long form radio and third place in short form feature. Mark Garrow, host of PRN's Garage Pass, won second place in radio spot news, his 32nd NMPA award.(PRN PR)(1-22-2008)

  • MRN Radio wins seven NMPA Awards: The National Motorsports Press Association held their annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 20 and MRN Radio earned multiple honors. Motor Racing Network (MRN Radio) - The Voice of NASCAR, won seven awards in four different categories. The awards were won by the network as a whole, with three individuals being sited for their efforts, as well. In the Long Form Radio category, Live Event Director Ryan Horn won Third Place for the "Road to the Nextel Cup" which aired during the 2006 Nextel Cup Series Awards ceremony in New York City. In the Short Form category, Producer Marty Hough won Second Place for "NASCAR Live." MRN Radio took two of three awards in the Spot News category. Producer Marty Hough won First Place for "NASCAR Live" and Co-Lead Anchor Joe Moore won Third Place for "NASCAR Today." Both shows are long-time staples of the MRN Radio Network heard throughout the country on a majority of their 750 affiliates. For the Live Event category, MRN Radio earned two of three honors. They were awarded First Place for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. That race featured a last-lap chase to the checkered with Jamie McMurray winning by .005 seconds over Kyle Busch. The network also won Third Place for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in October. The prestigious Broadcaster of the Year Award is the one saved for last. And, MRN Radio represented with Producer Marty Hough winning Co-Broadcaster of the Year honors.(MRN Radio PR)(1-22-2008)

  • The season premiere of the longest running racing radio show in America, "The LTN Hour", will be at a new time this Sunday, Jan 6. The show moves from 10am Central time to it's new time, 9am Central, on the LTN Radio Network and worldwide at www.ltnradionetwork.com to stay a step ahead of the ever-increasing amount of television coverage that has appeared in the modern era. LTN co-hosts Todd Behling and Ed Cluka bring their humorous, insightful caller-driven look at NASCAR back for a 24th season for what Todd calls the new "Winged Sprint Car Series".(1-4-2008)

  • Brian France Interview: The NASCAR Chairman and CEO stopped by the SIRIUS NYC studios for a wide-ranging, no-holds-barred discussion of everything NASCAR. Listen to his thoughts about The Chase, the Car of Tomorrow, strategic partnerships and new open-wheel drivers racing to the sport. Listen to the interview at SIRIUS.com/nascar, including:
    John Kernan: "Are you considering any changes to the Chase for next year? Could you possibly put more bonus points out there during the Chase for the winners?"
    Brians France: "Well, we'll look at it but what we wanted to do, we wanted to reward the regular season, reward that going into the Chase, make it meaningful and we did. There are only ten races in the final segment here so we'll see how it plays out. But we're pretty comfortable with the way it's seeded, [benefiting] the teams that had the most wins in the regular season."(9-13-2007)

  • New collectors show on Sirius: Motorsports Authentics, the leader in the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed motorsports merchandise, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, announced the creation of NASCAR Collector, a new one-hour weekly radio show that will focus on the NASCAR collector and fans with special interests in racing memorabilia. NASCAR Collector debuted Saturday, August 25 (8:00 - 9:00am/et) and will air Saturday mornings throughout the year exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128. Show hosts Tim Packman, Buzz McKim and Tim Trout will provide NASCAR racing expertise, collectable information and value insight, and listeners will be encouraged to call in and talk about his or her favorite die-cast or NASCAR souvenir. With 24% of NASCAR fans purchasing collectables, this show promises to be the ultimate avenue for fans to tell their favorite stories, share their beloved treasures and learn about new limited edition merchandise and collectable lines, their release dates and the retail outlets where these concepts can become a collectable. "At Motorsports Authentics our mission is to connect NASCAR fans to their sport through an expansive array of exciting products," said Mark Dyer, Motorsports Authentics' president and CEO. "The world of diecast and other collectables has long needed a forum such as NASCAR Collector to provide fans with an avenue to talk about vintage die-cast models and discuss NASCAR products and memorabilia of all types. We are very excited to team with SIRIUS to bring this new and exciting show to NASCAR die-cast and memorabilia collectors all across the country."(Motorsports Authentics PR)(8-28-2007)

  • Headbanger Rachtman involved in NASCAR: Riki Rachtman is probably best-known for hosting the heavy metal-themed "Headbangers Ball" on MTV from 1990 to 1995, but now the tattooed California native spends his time around heavy metal of a different kind. Rachtman hosts "Racing Rocks," a radio show heard on more than 100 stations, reports for "NASCAR 24/7" on NASCAR.com and also appears on the TV show "Raceday" on SPEED. Rachtman says he's enjoying his first trip to Talladega. "I could not wait to experience the Talladega infield, so I went into the infield at about 4 o'clock and stayed there until about 1:30 a.m., and I had the greatest time. I live in Southern California, and everything they say about Southern hospitality is true. The thing that really surprised me was the Alabama police. I walk through and I've got greasy hair and tattoos, and an Alabama policeman would come up to me and go, `You're not from around here, are you?' And when I'd say, `No,' he'd say, `Well, let me give you a tour of the place.'" Rachtman planned to return to the storied infield today.(Alabama Live)(4-29-2007)(4-29-2007)

  • Kurt Busch, Biffle, Petty, Sadler names hosts for PRN's Fast Talk: The Performance Racing Network announced today a powerful new lineup for Fast Talk, the popular Monday night show now in its 15th year on the air. A star-studded lineup of Nextel Cup drivers will host the show on a rotating weekly basis including:
    * Former Nextel Cup champion [2004] #2-Kurt Busch
    * Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing
    * Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge
    * Elliott Sadler, driver of the #19 Evernham Motorsports Dodge
    * Doug Rice will continue to serve as moderator of the show.
    "There was no way we were going to replace Benny Parsons with just one person so we decided to take the show in a new direction. I truly think this is going to be the best racing-oriented show on radio today," said Rice, president of PRN. "Benny Parsons had been the show's only host since its inception in 1992. All of these drivers are extremely articulate and will offer great insight. They're the ideal lineup to carry on Benny's voice in the sport. The highlight of the show will be having this wonderful dialogue with the race winners. I really am looking forward to all that behind-the-scenes interaction." Fast Talk on the Performance Racing Network airs at 7:00pm/et on Monday nights and is heard on more that 200 radio stations, XM Satellite Radio and NASCAR.com. Fast Talk is produced by Alicia Lingerfeldt and the technical director is Harrill Hamrick. The Performance Racing Network broadcasts 10 Nextel Cup races and eight Busch Series events, as well as daily news shows, Garage Pass, the Alltel Pit Reporters, Sunday Drive and zMax Racing Country. For more information on PRN and the racing lineup, visit www.goprn.com.(PRN PR)(4-13-2007)

  • PRN's Texas Radio Broadcast Schedule:
    April 13: Nextel Cup Qualifying broadcast begins at 5:00pm/et.
    April 14: Busch Series broadcast begins at 2:30pm/et.
    April 15: Nextel Cup Series broadcast begins at 1:15pm/et.
    PRN's Crown Royal Post Race Talk show begins immediately after the Nexstel Cup race. PRN's broadcast crew consists of co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow; pit reporters Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Jim Noble and turn announcers Chuck Carland and Rob Albright. PRN's broadcast will be heard on more than 465 stations nationwide, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 and on NASCAR.com. The events can be heard locally on LIVE 105.3 KLLI - FM.(PRN PR)(4-12-2007)

  • Kyle Petty to host Sirius show from NY Auto Show: #45-Kyle Petty will host a special two-hour program live, with Jack Arute, from the SIRIUS Satellite Radio display at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128, Saturday, April 7, 2007 from 1:00 to 3:00pm/et. Following the live two-hour broadcast, there will be a two-hour autograph session with Petty at the SIRIUS display. The 2007 New York International Auto Show is being held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC, NY.(Sirius Radio PR)(4-6-2007)

  • PRN at Bristol Motor Speedway: Schedule of Events:
    March 23: Food City 500 Qualifying broadcast begins at 3:30pm/et
    March 24: Sharpie Mini 300 Busch Series broadcast begins at 2:30pm/et
    March 25: Food City 500 Nextel Cup Series broadcast begins at 1:15pm/et
    PRN's Crown Royal Post Race Talk show begins immediately after the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. PRN's broadcast crew consists of co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow; pit reporters Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Brad Gillie and turn announcer Rob Albright. PRN's broadcast will be heard on more than 465 stations nationwide, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 and on NASCAR.com. The events can be heard locally on WMEV-93.9 FM and WFHG-980 AM.(PRN PR)(3-23-2007)

  • Atlanta Radio Broadcast Schedule: Performance Racing Network [PRN] will air rthe following from Atlanta:
    March 16: Nextel Cup Qualifying 7:00pm/et
    March 17: Nicorette 300 Busch Series 2:30pm/et
    March 18: Kobalt Tools 500 Nextel Cup 1:15pm/et
    March 18: Crown Royal Post Race starts immediately after the Kobalt Tools 500
    The Performance Racing Network team is co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow; pit reporters Brett McMillan, Steve Richards, Brad Gillie and Sean Pragano; with turn announcers Chuck Carland and Rob Albright. Alicia Lingerfeldt is the broadcast producer/director and Harrill Hamrick is the PRN technical director. PRN broadcasts are on more than 465 stations nationwide, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 and NASCAR.com. The events from Atlanta Motor Speedway can be heard locally on WYAY 106.7 FM. A complete list of PRN affiliates is available at goprn.com.
    Motor Racing Network [MRN] will air the Truck Race:
    Mar. 16: American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck Series 8:45pm/et
    Co-anchored by Mike Bagley and Kurt Becker. Listen locally on WEKS-FM 92.5. For a complete list of affiliate stations go to www.mrnradio.com.(3-16-2007)

  • Mikey to have XM radio show: XM announced that Michael Waltrip will join racing's biggest stars exclusively on XM Radio. Waltrip will host the half-hour weekly show "Michael Waltrip Out Loud," exclusively on XM. Debuting on March 20, "Michael Waltrip Out Loud" will air every Tuesday night from 7:00- 7:30pm/et on XM's sports talk radio channel XM Sports Nation (XM 144). Waltrip's show will feature his insight into the world of racing, as well as guests from the world of music and entertainment. Fans can tune in to hear Waltrip with breaking updates from the road or back at his newly opened Waltrip Raceworld shop in Cornelius, NC. In addition to being home to "Michael Waltrip Out Loud" show, XM will partner to become primary sponsor of Waltrip Racing's #99 Busch Series car driven by David Reutimann for the Chicagoland race July 14. XM is home to racing's biggest stars. In addition to Michael Waltrip's new show, NASCAR fans can catch exclusive shows from Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.(XM Radio PR)(3-16-2007)

  • Sirius and XM expected to announce merger UPDATE: Satellite radio operators Sirius and XM are expected to announce their long-awaited merger today, according to a source familiar with the deal. The two sides were locked in negotiations over the weekend trying to hammer out a final agreement with an eye toward going public with the merger today in Washington, D.C., where XM is based, this source said. Talks were still going on at press time and the deal could fall apart at any time. With antitrust issues of paramount importance, this source said lawyers for both companies were working overtime to fine-tune the language of the agreement and frame the discussion around the deal itself and not regulatory concerns. The transaction is expected to be structured as a merger of equals, but given Sirius' higher enterprise value, shareholders in the Mel Karmazin-led firm will likely come away with a larger%age of a combined company. According to the source, XM Chairman Gary Parsons will retain that title in the combined entity, with Karmazin likely taking the CEO role. It is unclear what role, if any, XM CEO Hugh Panero will play. Combining Sirius and XM would result in a single satellite radio operator with more than 12 million total subscribers. A deal would also marry Sirius content, such as Howard Stern, Frank Sinatra and NASCAR with XM's Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan and Major League Baseball. More important, analysts widely predict that a deal would also save the two companies nearly $7 billion annually. Gaining regulatory approval "could take up to 15 months; hence, we think any proposed deal needs to be announced by the end of March to close by mid-2008," Peck wrote.(New York Post)(2-19-2007)
    UPDATE: XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., rivals in the fledgling satellite radio industry, have agreed to combine in a deal that investors hope will result in lower costs, assuming it overcomes significant regulatory hurdles. The companies billed the deal announced Monday as a merger of equals, with shareholders of both companies owning approximately 50% of the combined entity. However, Sirius will be giving $4.57 billion of its stock to XM shareholders, a substantial premium to the value of their shares. Sirius' Chief Executive Mel Karmazin will lead the combined company, and XM's CEO Hugh Panero will stay on only until the deal is closed. XM Chairman Gary Parsons will remain in that role. XM radio receivers can't receive signals from Sirius, and vice versa. But Karmazin and Parsons said in an interview that the companies are working on developing a receiver that could receive both signals. In the meantime, they said, assuming the deal goes through, the companies would make other arrangements to bring programming that's currently exclusive to one provider to listeners of the other, such as getting Major League Baseball games - currently only available on XM - to Sirius listeners.(MSNBC)(2-20-2007)

  • Sirius NASCAR Radio Daytona 500 coverage: On Sunday, February 18, SIRIUS will air the Daytona 500 live nationwide on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128, carrying the broadcast of Motor Racing Network (MRN). On 10 additional channels, SIRIUS will combine the race broadcast with the driver-to-crew chatter of 10 different race teams, allowing fans to follow the overall race call and the in-car audio of a driver on a single channel. Listeners will hear drivers and crew chiefs schedule pit stops and discuss strategy over audio of the overall race broadcast. When the team members are not on the radio the audio of the live race broadcast will come up allowing listeners to follow the entire race uninterrupted. For this weekend's Daytona 500, SIRIUS subscribers can hear the following:
    * Live race call provided by Motor Racing Network - channel 128
    * Jimmie Johnson in-car audio - channel 122
    * Tony Stewart in-car audio - channel 126
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. in-car audio - channel 125
    * Jeff Gordon in-car audio - channel 121
    * Kasey Kahne in-car audio - channel 114
    * Kevin Harvick in-car audio - channel 119
    * Matt Kenseth in-car audio - channel 130
    * Jeff Burton in-car audio - channel 147
    * Denny Hamlin in-car audio - channel 144
    * Fan's Choice - channel 140 (Ricky Rudd)(Sirius PR)(2-17-2007)

  • Scott Riggs to Host "Riggs Report" on SIRIUS: Valvoline Evernham Racing and SIRIUS Satellite Radio have announced that Scott Riggs, driver of the #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge in the Nextel Cup Series, will have a weekly spot on the SIRIUS NASCAR Radio program, The Driver's Seat. The Driver's Seat, hosted by veteran broadcaster John Kernan, airs Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm/et exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128. A stellar crew of past and present drivers including Buddy Baker, Johnny Benson, Randy LaJoie, Ron Hornaday, Ricky Craven, Phil Parsons and John Andretti co-host the show, taking calls from listeners, interviewing special guests and discussing the latest news from the high-speed world of NASCAR. Listeners can catch the Riggs Report with Scott Riggs and John Kernan every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. beginning February 13th, where they will be discussing previous and upcoming races as well as current topics in the sport.(Valvoline Evernham Racing/Sirius PR)(2-12-2007)

  • Johnson, Dale Jr. gears up for their XM Radio shows in 2007: #48-Jimmie Johnson and #8Dale Earnhardt, Jr. are gearing up for the new season of their exclusive XM Satellite Radio shows starting February 15, three days before the Daytona 500. "Jimmie Johnson ... 'Not What You Expected'" will make its second-season debut February 15 at 7pm/et, with an encore broadcast at 10pm/et, on XM Sports Nation (XM Channel 144). Every week, the defending Nextel Cup champ delivers his personal perspective on the sport with co-host Marty Smith. "Dale Jr.'s Unrestricted" launches its second season the same night at 7:30pm/et, with a 10:30pm/et replay, on XM Sports Nation. Earnhardt and his friends Josh Snider and Steve Cris offer a candid look at what's happening on and off the track each week. XM Sports Nation has added the popular Performance Racing Network (PRN) show "Sunday Drive" to its lineup, along with returning PRN favorites "Fast Talk" and "Alltel Pit Reporters."(XM Radio PR)(2-12-2007)

  • PRN Dominates NMPA Awards, Garrow Earns Broadcaster of the Year Honor: Members of the Performance Racing Network broadcast team received seven awards and co-anchor Mark Garrow was named Broadcaster of the Year during the National Motorsports Press Association's recent awards dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Concord Convention Center. PRN staff members took home seven of the possible 12 awards in the four radio categories, including three first-place trophies. In addition to being named Broadcaster of the Year for the second time, Garrow claimed first place in the Short Form Feature category for "Bowyer Joins the Mob," a clever take-off on the popular HBO television program "The Sopranos." Garrow, host of PRN's "Garage Pass" and co-anchor of the network's live event coverage, also claimed second-place honors in the Spot News category for "The Ultimate High for the Lowe's Team."
    PRN staff members claimed all three trophies in the Long Form Feature category. Doug Rice earned first place for "Kasey Chasem's Top Tem," a spin-off on the popular music countdown show. Alicia Lingerfeldt claimed second place for her work on documenting 10 years of racing at Texas Motor Speedway and third place went to Kent Bernhardt for a feature on the 30th anniversary of Janet Guthrie's first NASCAR start in the 1976 Coca-Cola 600. Bernhardt also claimed first place in the Live Event Broadcast category for his work on the Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Steve Richards, a pit reporter for the PRN team, earned second place in the Short Form Feature category for a story about Tony Stewart moving back to his hometown of Columbus, Ind. "Our entire staff is dedicated to bringing the best in motorsports programming to listeners across the country and these awards reflect that commitment to excellence," said Doug Rice, president of PRN.(LMS/PRN PR)(1-31-2007)

  • Montoya on Sirius weekly: Sirius Satellite Radio, has announced that Juan Pablo Montoya, who will drive the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the Nextel Cup and Busch Series in 2007 for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will participate weekly in an exclusive interview spot heard only on Sirius Radio. Starting January 29 [at 3:15pm/et], Montoya will be heard every Monday on Sirius Speedway, the exclusive talk show hosted by Dave Moody that airs weekdays (3:00-7:00pm/et) on Sirius NASCAR Radio/ch. 128. Montoya will provide updates on the #42 team and comment weekly on his experiences in NASCAR as he transitions from open-wheel racing to stock car racing.(Sirius Radio PR)(1-29-2007)

  • Sirius and XM Radio to merge? UPDATE 2...maybe?: Shares of satellite radio operators XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. rose Friday, on speculation that the companies might merge or combine in another way. "We believe a 50/50 enterprise value split or perhaps a slight premium to XM shareholders may be warranted in a merger scenario," Stifel Nicolaus analyst Kit Spring said in a Thursday client note, keeping a "Buy" rating on XM shares. RBC Capital Markets analyst Ryan Vineyard in a Friday note to investors said a combination would generate long-term value for shareholders, given slow retail channel growth. Advertising, office, retail incentives and other synergies total between $5 billion to $6 billion, he wrote. Vineyard believes XM would need to be the acquirer, since it has 7.6 million subscribers to Sirius's 6 million.(Business Week), so..what does this mean for NASCAR Radio, which is now on Sirius? no idea, but looks like total speculation at this point.(1-12-2007)
    UPDATE: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin talked about the potential merger of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio yesterday [Jan 17th], and based on what he said, that merger is not looking good. Martin told reporters after yesterday's FCC meeting that a restriction against having a single owner for both satellite services was written into regulations that authorized the two licenses in 1997. Martin summed it up in one sentence: "There is a prohibition on one entity owning both of these businesses." Following Martin's comments, shares of XM fell 9.9 percent, its biggest drop in eight months; while Sirius fell 7 percent for its biggest decline in a month.(Radio Ink)
    HOWEVER? U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said on Thursday a rule that bars XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. from merging could be altered, if requested. Martin, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in New York, said he was not aware of any request to change the rule on satellite radio licensing ownership, which currently prohibits one entity from owning both licenses. "The commission looks at anything that is presented to it (and) all of the commission's rules are open to be changed," Martin said. He declined to comment on the specifics of any potential satellite radio merger.(Yahoo/Reuters)...so in otherwords...clear as mud.(1-19-2007)

  • Sirius NASCAR Radio debuts January 1st: SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128, the new 24/7 year-round radio channel dedicated to NASCAR, will launch January 1, featuring specialized programming that will be heard exclusively on SIRIUS. SIRIUS NASCAR Radio will provide the most comprehensive, in-depth radio coverage of NASCAR, with live coverage of NASCAR races and a lineup of exclusive talk shows hosted by two-time Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart, Charlotte Observer beat reporter and columnist David Poole, broadcasters Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and John Kernan, and other current and former drivers. On New Year's Day, SIRIUS becomes the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, making SIRIUS the exclusive satellite radio home of every Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series race, carrying the live broadcasts of Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN) and the IMS Radio Network's broadcast from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition to the live race broadcast, SIRIUS will take fans into the cars and pits by devoting up to 10 additional channels that will carry driver-to-crew communications during Nextel Cup Series races. SIRIUS will combine the race broadcast with the driver-to-crew chatter on these channels, allowing fans to hear the overall race call and the in-car audio of a driver on a single channel throughout the race.(SIRIUS PR)(12-29-2006)

  • Bi-monthly radio show debuts January 4: #89-Faith Motorsports will debut a bi-monthly radio show on January 4, enabling Morgan Shepherd fans to enjoy regular updates on the team's progression through the 2007 race season. Faith Motorsports Radio will produce a bi-monthly 15-minute show, "Racing With Jesus," to be hosted by veteran sportswriter Tim Stephens, the team announced. Dana Tomes, co-owner of the team, said the show's production crew will begin taping pre-recorded segments of the series on December 22. The show's first edition will air at 7:00pm/et on January 4. "Racing With Jesus" will be made available to Christian and secular radio stations nationwide and also will be streamed through the Faith Motorsports website so fans around the world can listen to the show live. In addition, Tomes said the show will also feature regular periodic segments about the Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund, Victory In Jesus Racing Ministries and interviews with team members and fans. "Racing With Jesus" will be aired every other Thursday evening beginning at 7:00pm/et.(Faith Motorsports PR)(12-27-2006)

  • MRN considering moving to Charlotte: Motor Racing Network Inc. is considering moving its offices from Daytona Beach, Fla., to the Charlotte area, and the transition could come as early as next summer, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. MRN Radio, which employs about 40 people, is owned by International Speedway Corp. and broadcasts all of NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series races as well as the majority of Nextel Cup and Busch series events. The story states that the company could move into the NASCAR Hall of Fame complex in the recently approved office tower, though that facility isn't scheduled to be completed until 2010. "We've done an analysis, and we're interested," MRN Radio President David Hyatt said of a potential move to the area, declining to comment further to the Business Journal.(SceneDaily.com)(12-16-2006)

  • Kernan at Sirius: UPDATE: hearing former ESPN RPM2Nite host, John Kernan, will host a show on Sirius Satelitte Radio called Driver's Seat, co-hosted by former Cup criver Buddy Baker along with other drivers. Will run M-F 11:00am to 3:00pm/et.(12-11-2006)
    UPDATE: SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced that it will debut The Driver's Seat, an exclusive daily talk show hosted by veteran broadcaster John Kernan and a roster of current and former NASCAR drivers, on January 1. The Driver's Seat will air every weekday (11am-3pm ET) only on SIRIUS Radio. The Driver's Seat will feature Kernan and a different driver taking calls from listeners, interviewing special guests and discussing the latest news from the world of NASCAR. Featured co-hosts will include legendary Hall of Famer Buddy Baker; 1995 NASCAR Busch Series champion Johnny Benson; two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie; two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday; former Busch and Cup Series Rookie of the Year Ricky Craven; former Cup and Busch Series driver Phil Parsons, who is now the color commentator for Speed Channel's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race broadcasts; and John Andretti, one of the sport's most versatile drivers who has made his mark racing USAC Midgets, Indy cars, NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and NASCAR stock cars. The Driver's Seat, produced in conjunction with Performance Racing Network (PRN), will air exclusively on SIRIUS.(Sirius PR)(12-14-2006)

  • David Poole and Marty Snider to Host Sirius Radio Show: NASCAR beat reporter and columnist David Poole and veteran broadcaster Marty Snider will host a daily talk show, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio's The Morning Drive, exclusively on SIRIUS. Starting January 1, The Morning Drive will air every weekday morning from 7:00-11:00 AM ET exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / channel 128, the new 24/7 year-round radio channel dedicated to NASCAR. Snider and Poole will delve into NASCAR's latest news and rumors, interview prominent guests, and take calls from listeners.(Sirius PR)(12-13-2006)

  • XM Radio Plans in 2007: Claire B. Lang, the on-air host currently on XM's NASCAR Radio 144 channel, has entered into a new, multi-year agreement with XM Satelitte Radio. Lang's fans will continue to hear her daily, three-hour racing show each weekday afternoon on XM. Claire will anchor her show on XM Channel 144 from 4-7pm/et daily. Starting in January 2007, channel 144 will become XM's newly-launched sports talk channel XM Sports Nation. More new announcements about Lang's show will be made in the coming months leading up to the start of the 2007 season. Lang will continue her afternoon racing show as well as expand her reach hosting unique specials and in-depth features across XM programming.(XM Radio PR), as previously announced, Sirius Radio will take over broadcasting NASCAR races on satelitte radio in 2007 [thru 2011](12-6-2006)

  • Sirius to Provide Unprecedented NASCAR Driver-To-Pit Crew Race Coverage In 2007: SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced that it will present unprecedented live radio coverage of NASCAR races starting in 2007, making listeners feel like they are on top of their favorite team's pit box on race day. In addition to the live race broadcast, SIRIUS will take fans into the cars and pits by devoting up to 10 additional "Team Talk" channels that will carry the driver-to-crew communications of up to 10 different race teams during Nextel Cup Series races. SIRIUS will combine the race broadcast with the driver-to-crew chatter on these channels, allowing fans to follow the overall race call and the in-car audio of a driver on a single channel throughout the race. The channels will feature top drivers based on the Nextel Cup Series standings. The lineup of drivers and their channel assignments will be available at www.sirius.com/nascar prior to each race.
    Listeners will hear drivers and crew chiefs schedule pit stops and discuss strategy over audio of the overall race broadcast. When the team members are not on the radio the audio of the live race broadcast will come up allowing listeners to follow the entire race uninterrupted.
    As the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR starting in 2007, SIRIUS will broadcast every Nextel Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, carrying the live broadcasts of Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN) and the IMS Radio Network's broadcast from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    In addition to live race coverage, SIRIUS will launch SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / channel 128 in January. The channel will air 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will include live races, plus daily and weekly talk programs, including Tony Stewart Live, a two-hour show hosted by the two-time Nextel Cup Series champion and veteran pit road reporter Matt Yocum. A detailed schedule of programs and hosts on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio will be announced prior to launch. Click on www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to purchase a SIRIUS radio and subscription.(Sirius Radio PR)(11-30-2006)

  • Stewart Sirius Radio Show preview in NYC: Sirius Satellite Radio is doing a Tony Stewart Live preview show on Thursday night, November 30th, of Champions Week from 6:00 to 8:00pm/et, live from Sirius headquarters in NYC on SIRIUS channel 128.
    MORE: Special preview broadcast of Tony Stewart Live, hosted by two-time Nextel Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart and veteran pit road reporter Matt Yocum. The weekly, live two-hour radio show debuts in January exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128, the 24/7/365 radio channel launching in January. Stewart and Yocum will take calls from listeners, talk with prominent guests and cover the spectrum of motorsports - from NASCAR to open-wheel racing and beyond.
    WHEN: Thursday, November 30 (6 to 8pm/et) the broadcast will air exclusively on SIRIUS, channel 128 from the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Studios, 1221 Ave of the Americas (@ 49th street), New York, NY
    Guests scheduled to call in to the program include:
    * Multi Platinum recording artist Kid Rock
    * NASCAR Busch Series Champion Kevin Harvick
    * Fitness guru Richard Simmons, who will talk to Tony about Tony's new fitness regimen.(Sirius Radio PR)(11-30-2006)

  • Sirius Hires Producers of NASCAR Programming: SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced that Daniel Norwood and Paul Pabst have joined the company as Executive Producers of SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, launching in 2007. They report to Steve Cohen, SIRIUS' Vice President of Sports Programming. Norwood, formerly of WFNZ Radio in Charlotte, N.C., and Pabst, formerly of ESPN, will be responsible for creating and overseeing the day to day operation of SIRIUS' NASCAR channel, which launches in January. The channel will air 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will include live races, plus daily and weekly talk programs, including Tony Stewart Live, a two-hour radio show hosted by the two-time and reigning Nextel Cup Series champion. Starting in 2007, SIRIUS will be the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, broadcasting all Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series races live. Click on www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to purchase a SIRIUS radio and subscription.(Sirius Satellite Radio PR)(11-8-2006)

  • PRN Heads to Texas: The Performance Racing Network heads to the Lone Star State this weekend for the Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race Sunday November 5th. PRN's race coverage begins with pole qualifying Friday, November 3rd starting at 4:30pm/et. Anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow will be joined by PRN reporters Pat Patterson, Chuck Carland, Brett McMillan, Steve Richards, and Rob Albright. Saturday November 4th, it's the O'Reilly Challenge Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway beginning at 1:30pm/et. Sunday, PRN broadcasts the Dickies 500, the first of three final stops in the Nextel Chase for the Championship. Airtime is 1:30pm/et. The race broadcast is immediately followed by the PRN Post Race Show presented by Crown Royal during which listeners are invited to call 1-800-771-TALK to discuss the race or the 2006 Nextel Cup season.(PRN PR)(11-3-2006)

  • ESPN Deportes Radio Becomes the Spanish Language home of NASCAR Racing: In a continued effort to better serve the Latino sports fans in the U.S., ESPN Deportes Radio and MRN Radio, the primary source for NASCAR stock car racing and related radio programming, announced today a five-year agreement that makes ESPN Deportes Radio the exclusive Spanish-language radio home of NASCAR racing's premier events, it was announced today by Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and David Hyatt, President of MRN Radio. Under the terms of the agreement, ESPN Deportes Radio will provide up-to-the minute NASCAR news and information, highlighted with coverage of NASCAR's three largest racing series - the NEXTEL Cup, the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. The agreement will provide ESPN Deportes Radio exclusive access to a vast amount of content that will fuel ESPN Deportes Radio's NASCAR coverage beginning with the 2007 season. ESPN Deportes is the brand under which ESPN Inc. has been serving U.S. Hispanic sports fans since 2000. In addition to ESPN Deportes Radio, the only around-the-clock national Spanish-language radio network in the U.S., the roster of branded initiatives now includes ESPN Deportes TV; ESPNdeportes.com, the leading Spanish-language sports site in the U.S.; ESPN Deportes La Revista, the only general sports Spanish-language magazine in the U.S.; and ESPN Deportes Wireless, which offers mobile phone subscribers images of their favorite Latino sports stars.(MRN Radio PR)(10-30-2006)

  • Dale Jr's XM Radio show doing well: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and XM Satellite Radio proved to be a lethal combination for XM's phone lines last Tuesday night. Earnhardt, Jr., who hosts his own show on XM, "Dale Jr's Unrestricted," featured a call-in show this week. From 8:00 - 9:00pm/et, 13,496 attempts were made to dial into the show, which eventually blew out XM's NASCAR call-in lines. "Dale Jr's Unrestricted" airs Thursdays, 7:30-8:00pm/et on NASCAR XM, channel 144.(XM Radio PR)(8-20-2006)

  • Racetalkradio expands: The new expanded schedule on www.racetalkradio.com kicks off with "Doin' Donuts" on Sunday evening at 7pm Central. "Our unique NASCAR post race show is sure to tickle the funny bones of race fans," said RaceTalkRadio founder Butch Bellah. Further expansion is expected this month with the goal to provide race fans entertaining program seven nights a week. To view the weekly schedule, see www.racetalkradio.com.(8-4-2006)

  • AFN to end radio play-by-play sports: Troops apparently would rather watch their sports than listen to them, so American Forces Network plans to pull the plug on all play-by-play sports radio later this summer. The Sept. 9 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway will be the last AFN radio sports play-by-play broadcast, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. AFN Radio already has stopped broadcasting most sports events, but the network will complete contracts with Motor Racing Network and the Indy Racing League. AFN cited surveys that showed service members prefer to watch sports on television rather than listen to them on radio. "When radio sports coverage comes on, most listeners tune out," said Robert Matheson, director of broadcasting at the AFN Broadcast Center in Riverside, Calif. "Our mission is better served when the largest possible audience tunes in to non-sports programming and spends more time listening." AFN television used to carry only one or two games a week, he said, but now has 80 events a week over a variety of networks..(Air Force Times)(7-6-2006)

  • Stewart-Yocum Radio Show: Sirius Satellite Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR starting in 2007, announced that two-time and reigning Nextel Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will host a live weekly talk show exclusively on Sirius. Debuting in January, Tony Stewart Live will air exclusively on Sirius' upcoming 24/7 NASCAR channel, providing Sirius listeners with the ultimate insider's perspective on auto racing.  The weekly, two-hour show will feature Stewart - who has never been shy about expressing his opinions in 27 years of racing - taking calls from listeners, talking with prominent guests and covering the spectrum of motorsports - from NASCAR to open-wheel racing and beyond.  Matt Yocum, who is a pit reporter for the NASCAR broadcasts on FOX/FX and NBC/TNT, will be Stewart's co-host on Tony Stewart Live. Preview editions of Tony Stewart Live, hosted by Stewart, will begin airing exclusively on Sirius in October 2006.  Stewart will also be featured in Sirius' NASCAR related marketing and advertising. Beginning next year, Sirius will be the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, broadcasting all Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and Truck Series races live on a specially created, 24/7 NASCAR channel. "It's an honor to be a part of Sirius and its commitment to NASCAR," said Stewart.  "Our show will allow us to speak with the fans on our terms, where we're free to talk about anything and everything, from racing and rock-and-roll to our travels across America.  It's a unique opportunity, and we plan to make the most of it." Click on www.sirius.com to listen to Sirius live, or to purchase a Sirius radio and subscription.(True Speed Communications PR)(5-20-2006)

  • Kenny Wallace gets St. Louis Radio Show: UPDATE: Kenny will have another activity to keep him busy this year. "Starting 2/17 at 7 o'clock (PM) Central Time in St. Louis I'll be on the Kenny Wallace show for KMOX radio," Kenny tells us. "That is one of the largest AM stations in the United States, in 44 states. This is a radio station I grew up with my whole life listening to. It's real good talk and sports radio I'm excited about it. I'll broadcast from my motorhome on Friday nights. Rusty or some other special guests will do the show when racing in the Busch Series on Friday nights." (KennyWallace.com)(1-6-2006)
    UPDATE: KMOX announced today that Kenny Wallace, one of the most popular drivers on the NASCAR circuit, will host a special edition of the "Chrysler Jeep Sports Open Line" on KMOX throughout the stock car racing season. The program will air Friday nights at 7:00pm central time from February 17 through November 17, 2006.(KMOX PR). Wallace drives the #22 AutoZone Ford in the Busch Series and the #78 Furniture Row Chevy in the Cup Seires.(2-1-2006)

  • Rowdy and Rick Mast make prank calls: Lee Roy Mercer teams with Rowdy and Rick Mast to make racing prank call album. The infamous Tennessee prank caller Lee Roy Mercer is releasing a new racing prank call record for the holidays. Mercer teamed with Rowdy's Rick Mast to prank call several well known drivers and racing personalities including Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, and Jack Roush, among others. The album features Mercer's famous claim to "whoop a man's ass" delivered to several drivers. And this weekend on Rowdy, the racing radio show you get on your cell phone, race fans can hear a sample of the Tony Stewart call from the album. Call 1-800-95-ROWDY to check it out and get the latest racing news, driver interviews, and racing commentary every day. Or download Friday's Rowdy podcast at podcasts.yahoo.com. To find out more about the "NASCALLS" prank phone call album, visit www.leeroymercer.com.(12-17-2005)

  • MRN partners with Spanish Radio Network: MRN Radio "The Voice of NASCAR" and the nation's largest independent sports network, announced today a new partnership with Radiovisa. Radiovisa is a 24/7 Spanish-language talk radio network that produces and distributes syndicated and network radio programming, targeting U. S. Hispanics. MRN Radio and Radiovisa will provide live flag-to-flag coverage of five select NASCAR events in predominately Hispanic markets including coverage of the California 300 NASCAR Busch Series event and the Sony HD 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event at California Speedway. Additional coverage will include the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, and the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. MRN Radio and Radiovisa will also produce daily radio programming covering the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship.(MRN Radio PR)(8-25-2005)

  • Why XM Radio let NASCAR go to Sirius [$$]: im part from an interview with Hugh Panero begins, XM Satellite Radio's (XMSR) CEO at Business 2.0: With NASCAR, he points out that XM has broadcast the sport since 2001. That experience gave him a finely honed sense of what the 2007-2011 rights were worth -- which, suffice it to say, he thought was a good deal less than the $107.5 million that Sirius wound up paying. (XM paid $15 million for the 2001-2006 rights.)(Business 2.0)(5-31-2005)

  • Doug Rice Named President of PRN: Veteran broadcasting executive Doug Rice has been promoted to president and general manager of Performance Racing Network and Gerry Horn, a 20-year veteran of corporate sales, was elevated to vice president of PRN sales. The announcement was made by H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Performance Racing Network's parent company. Rice joined PRN in 1988 as director of affiliates and, after serving in other managerial positions, was named vice president and general manager in 1999. In addition to overseeing the network's operations, Rice has also served as co-anchor alongside Mark Garrow on all PRN race broadcasts since 1994. The network broadcasts 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races and eight NASCAR Busch series events at Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facilities. It also produces numerous other motorsports-related programs including "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons," "PRN's Garage Pass" and "The ALLTEL Pit Reporters."(LMS PR)(5-3-2005)

  • Team Owners Want Sirius Money: NASCAR's new multimillion-dollar contract with satellite radio provider Sirius has Nextel Cup car owners asking one big question - Where's the money going? Teams get 25% of the TV revenue, track owners get 65 percent and NASCAR gets 10 percent. There has been a push by some car owners the past three years for NASCAR to provide a more equitable distribution of that $400 million a year, but NASCAR has ignored such entreaties. Now Sirius (partly owned by DaimlerChrysler) has signed a deal to pay NASCAR $27 million a year, according to sources, beginning in 2007. That money will likely go straight into NASCAR's coffers. Some car owners aren't amused and would like NASCAR to put some of that radio money in the purse. "These guys are killing us," one car owner said.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-15-2005)

  • MRN Radio to Broadcast Live Spanish-language Coverage of Three NASCAR Races: MRN and Radiovisa, a 24-hour Spanish-language radio network will partner to air three NASCAR races in 2005 beginning with this weekend's "Stater Bros. 300" NASCAR Busch Series race and the "Auto Club 500" NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Feb. 26-27 from California Speedway in Fontana. Radiovisa will also travel to Mexico City for NASCAR's first ever Mexico-based race, the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200, from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on March 6th, 2005.(2-25-2005)

  • MRN goes to a 7-second Delay: the Motor Racing Network (MRN), the nation's largest independent sports radio network, announced today that it will institute a seven-second audio delay in its NASCAR coverage, beginning with Sunday's Banquet 400 Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway. "The millions of fans that tune in each week can still expect the quality programming from MRN which they are accustomed to," said MRN President David Hyatt. 'However, given the recent scrutiny in the broadcasting industry, we feel this is the right thing to do to protect our hundreds of local affiliates across the county." MRN Radio is the primary source for NASCAR stock car racing and related radio programming in the United States.(MRN Radio Site)(10-8-2004)

  • Speed Channel added to XM Satellite NASCAR Radio: XM Satellite Radio announced that NASCAR Radio (XM Channel 144) is adding programming from the popular cable network SPEED Channel to its premier schedule of live NASCAR races, exclusive interviews, and call-in shows. NASCAR Radio, one of the most-listened-to channels on XM, now carries 11 programs produced by SPEED Channel, one of the nation's fastest-growing sports cable networks. The SPEED programming on NASCAR Radio includes NASCAR This Morning, Totally NASCAR, Pit Bull, NASCAR Victory Lane, NBS 24/7, Inside Nextel Cup, Trackside, NASCAR Edition Speed News, NASCAR Fast Forward, and Men Behind the Wrenches. As part of this new partnership, XM will be the presenting sponsor of the highly-rated SPEED program Pit Bull, which can be seen on SPEED and heard on XM every Saturday preceding a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at 6:30pm/et.
    The SPEED Channel programs join NASCAR Radio's stellar line-up, which includes exclusive XM shows such as Dialed In, the enormously popular call-in program hosted by Charlotte-based reporter Claire B. Lang. Dialed In receives tens of thousands of calls each month as fans heat up the phone lines to talk about the latest NASCAR happenings. NASCAR Radio also carries every live race broadcast from Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Performance Racing Network (PRN), every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying session and race, every NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, and series and specials that you can only hear on XM. NASCAR Radio, available exclusively on XM, is the first and only 24-hour radio channel dedicated to a single sport. For more information about XM, visit (SPEED Channel)(6-29-2004)


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