Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Unique Challenge Awaits SPEED And ESPN
There are just not that many new things out there for NASCAR's TV partners to cover. Drug testing was a new topic this year and the Jeremy Mayfield show was interesting for a while. However, most of the other stories like silly season, sponsor issues and the Hendrick dominance are old hat.
Both SPEED and ESPN have an opportunity to be involved in something tremendously historic. It may not seem that way right now, but five or ten years down the road what happens at the Charlotte Convention Center on Wednesday will be huge.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France is set to unveil the first class of Hall of Fame inductees shortly after 4PM ET. Both SPEED and ESPNEWS will carry the announcement live.
Mike Massaro and Brad Daugherty will handle the ESPN telecasts. After the announcement on ESPNEWS, the duo will return at 5PM for a regular edition of NASCAR Now with additional interviews and information.
Update: Massaro and Daugherty will be joined by Jerry Punch, who is also a Hall of Fame voter.
As one might expect, SPEED has a cast of thousands split between their North Charlotte studios and the TV trucks parked outside the downtown Convention Center. They also have some surprises in store as Darrell Waltrip and Kyle Petty take center stage on the coverage.
The network starts with a morning warm-up at 11AM. The familiar team of Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds will be in the SPEED studios. At the convention center will be DW and Petty. That combo should get things warmed-up for later.
After a replay of the California Cup race, SPEED goes live at 3PM for three hours. A one hour final preview of the nominees will be followed by the announcement and then tons of interviews, reactions and memories. The guest list should be pretty special.
In addition to the TV team that handled the morning show, SPEED will add Mike Joy, Ken Squier, Wendy Venturini and Randy Pemberton. Joy and Squier will provide the historical perspective while Venturini and Pemberton provide the interviews.
Voda and Byrnes put a cap on the day at 7PM with a one hour version of NASCAR Race Hub. This casual show is brand new and trying to make a dent with a new spin on racing conversation and news.
The publicity surrounding this announcement will be a real shot in the arm for the sport at a time when one is desperately needed. Media outlets that have routinely ignored the Chase will be carrying this NASCAR story about who has made the first Hall of Fame class.
TDP will start a live blog at 10:30AM and continue it throughout the day as the TV shows continue to unfold. We welcome your comments on all the NASCAR Hall of Fame coverage. We will also be providing updates on Twitter.
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Thanks for taking the time to read about the big Wednesday for both the sport and its TV partners. It should be fun to watch.