Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wendy Venturini Returns On Wednesday To SPEED


As a part of SPEED's NASCAR Pre-Season Thunder, the network will cover the always interesting Charlotte Media Tour on Wednesday and Thursday with shows at 7PM.

This new wrinkle in the SPEED schedule will be interesting. The Media Tour is essentially a press junket organized by Humpy Wheeler and the gang at Lowe's Motor Speedway back in 1983. Wheeler wanted to generate some publicity about the sport as the new season closed-in.

"The Media Tour allows the journalists to convey excitement and enthusiasm (about the upcoming season) to race fans around the world," said Wheeler.

There are more than 200 journalists this year on the tour, with print, Internet, radio and TV represented. The format is simple, get on a bus and get off where you are told. The tour begins with NASCAR's R&D center in Concord, and then moves on to shops, several museums, and even a new big wind tunnel built in the area.

SPEED will forgo the first two days of the Media Tour to concentrate on Nationwide testing at Daytona, and then pick-up the final two days with shows on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wendy Venturini and TV veteran Randy Pemberton will anchor the SPEED coverage. These two are very good choices by the network, because they both have roots that run deep in racing. They can easily talk to anyone on either the team or media side of the business.

This is a first effort for SPEED, and is a part of that network really stepping-up and taking hold of the pre-season as its own franchise. While websites and print reporters have filed stories, the only other national TV presence is reporter Marty Smith who is filing news pieces for both ESPN News and SportsCenter. The NASCAR Now series on ESPN2 does not start until Monday, February 4th this year.

Hopefully, the two days of shows will fill viewers in on exactly what went on, and cover both the team and media issues that fans are interested in. SPEED viewers have already seen the Sprint Cup drivers on-camera from Daytona testing, so the challenge for Venturini and Pemberton is go to behind-the-scenes and get the stories not already being reported.

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AndyPandy said...

Wendy is back.

Life is good.

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Anonymous said...

Wendy is awesome and I'm sure the Media Tour show will be informative for us NASCAR starved fans.

I can't tell you how relieved I was to read about ESPNs changes for the 2008 season. They've made a great effort to shuffle personnel around to where they will fit best and I appreciate the gesture. I wish they had gone a little further, but beggars can't be choosers here. We'll see what happens from here on out, but a great first step.

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Lisa Hogan said...

I have enjoyed all of the "thunder" and look forward to these last two programs.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I apologize to those of you who are new here for removing your posts. This is not a forum, but just a blog that posts a column for comments on that topic.

Wendy Venturini has worked very hard to get to her current position, and the only posts removed from this page were the ones that did not address this topic at all.

There is now a new page up for the ESPN news, and perhaps in the future we will have a forum where members can come and post breaking news of their own.

Thanks again,

JD

TX20FAN said...

Always glad to see Wendy. She knows her stuff! AND a big Congrats on her recent marriage.

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 1:09PM,

Please come back and re-post your comments about Wendy without the other information you offered.

JD

GinaV24 said...

That's great news! Wendy will be back and I'll be watching. She does a great job and has certainly become one of my favorite race reporters.

Tracy said...

Now if only Speed would add Wendy to the Inside Whatever the Name is Now Cup show. (Inside Sprint Cup? -how telling that the initials are ISC.) Wendy would be a superb moderator.

Anonymous said...

How exciting!! Wendy Venturini has always been one of my favorite femal reporters along with Krista Voda. I can't wait to see the show today and tomorrow.

Too bad ESPN didn't do much to fix their reporter issues. I'm waiting for your blog on that, JD.

Thanks!

granny b said...

Glad to see Wendy showing up on pre-season thunder. I sure have been enjoying this show so far.

Newracefan said...

My Nascar withdrawl is officially resolved the remaining voice I was missing was Wendy's. I actually watched Barrett Jackson just to listen to Mike Joy. I enjoyed the show very much and surprise I even got Bootie Barker who is always fun to listen to.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tracy! Wendy would be great to have on INC with Dave Despain, or even her own show. She is definately one of the best Spped has.

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