Three of my favourite words when it comes to sports broadcasting is “behind the scenes”. I love peeling back the curtain that surrounds the industry and seeing how different broadcasters go about their business…it was the genesis behind this website. So when Matt Nelson posted an article on a radio broadcast of the Indy 500, I was intrigued.
What follows is a fascinating look at a truly unique broadcast….audio coverage of a car race isn’t something that you see (or hear?) too often and it’s worth a read to get a great insight into a pioneering broadcast format.
Paul Page is stuck in a car on Georgetown Road, traffic in every direction. Stuck with nowhere to go. It’s the morning of the Indianapolis 500. And Page can’t get to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That’s a problem.
Page is the voice, the anchor of IMS Radio Network, which on this morning will put on its 64th iconic broadcast of the Indy 500, a broadcast that stands out — and stands alone — in a sea of media clutter.
The Indy 500 is, arguably, the last major sporting event in the world that many people still prefer to listen to on radio. A local television blackout contributes to that, but the broadcast’s reach far exceeds Central Indiana.
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