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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network
IMS Radio Network Logo
Type Broadcast syndication
Country United States United States
Founded 1952
Launch date May 30, 1952
Former names Indy Racing Radio Network (1998-2002)
Affiliates Over 400
XM Channel 144/128
Sirius NASCAR Radio (Brickyard 400 only)
AFN
LeSEA
World Harvest
Official Website indycar.com (IRL only)

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network (known typically as the IMS Radio Network), is an in-house radio syndication arrangement which broadcasts the Indianapolis 500, IRL, and Brickyard 400 to radio stations covering most of North America.

The network claims to be one of the largest in the world, with over 400 affiliates, as well as AFN, the LeSEA broadcasting network, and World Harvest Radio.

IndyCar races are carried on XM channel 145 and on Sirius through the "Best of XM" package. The Brickyard 400 broadcast is carried on Sirius NASCAR Radio, and simulcast on XM channel 128 through the "Best of Sirius" package.

The longtime flagship of the network is station 1070-WIBC (now WFNI) in Indianapolis.

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History

From 1939-1951, Mutual covered the Indianapolis 500 with live segments at the start, the finish, and live updates throughout the race. After losing its sponsor, Perfect Circle Piston Rings, Mutual did not return. In 1952, the Speedway took radio broadcasting rights in-house, utilizing talent mostly from WIBC. Starting in 1953, the talent pool was extended to all stations in the area, and expanded to featured the first live flag-to-flag coverage.

Through 1985, the IMS Radio Network was the exclusive provider of live coverage of the Indianapolis 500. With the exception of MCA's closed-circuit television broadcasts from 1964-1970, there was no live television of the race until 1986.

In 1994, the network began broadcasting the Brickyard 400. Starting in 1996, the network began covering all events of the Indy Racing League. The network's name was changed in 1997 to the Indy Racing Radio Network to reflect the expanded content. The name change, however, was short lived. In 2000, the network also began covering the Formula One United States Grand Prix.

Personalities

The play-by-play announcer of the race is known as "The Voice of The 500". Sid Collins was the first voice from 1952 to 1976. Collins committed suicide on May 2, 1977, after being diagnosed with ALS. Paul Page, whom Collins mentored, took over from 1977 to 1987. Lou Palmer, formerly a pit reporter, then served the shortest tenure to date as "Voice," (1988-1989). Bob Jenkins replaced Palmer, and called the event from 1990 to 1998. Jenkins, a veteran of television and radio, has since said that no event left him so physically exhausted.[citation needed] Mike King is the present "Voice," having served in that position since 1999.

In addition to King, there are many other announcers on an Indy 500 broadcast. Working the booth alongside King are IRL driver Davey Hamilton (when he is not in the race himself), former Indy racer John Andretti, former comedian Dave Wilson, longtime Speedway historian Donald Davidson, and longtime motorsports journalist Chris Economaki, who gives pre-race, mid-race and post-race essays. The booth the five men work in is located on the top floor of the Bombardier Pagoda, which sits next to Victory Lane.

Since King and his colleagues cannot see all the way around the track, each turn is assigned its own announcer. Jerry Baker has been located at Turn 1 for over 30 years. Bob Jenkins calls action from Turn 2, Mark Jaynes calls Turn 3, and Chris Denari works Turn 4. Working the pit lane are Dave Argabright, Jake Query, Kevin Lee and Kevin Olson. For the rest of the Indy Racing League schedule, Jaynes becomes the backstretch announcer with Query, Lee and Olson as the pit reporters. In the middle of the 2006 season, Patrick Stephan took over Nicole Manske's spot when she moved to Speed Channel. In 2007 Query, of WIBC Radio, assumed pit responsibilities at Indianapolis as well as the road and street course races and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. In 2009 Query reported from turns on road and street races, with Stephan reporting from pit road.The IRL's road racing events usually bring back some of the Indy-only announcers as well as one or two that are not heard for the rest of the series.

From 1994-1999, Mike Joy anchored the 400 broadcasts. Joy resigned weeks before the 2000 race for the birth of his daughter Katilyn Jarrett Joy. Taking his place was Mike King from 2000-2003. In 2004 King was joined by Doug Rice as co-anchors. In 2007, Bob Jenkins returned to the booth to replace King and co-anchor the 400 with Rice.

Organization

Most of the crew that calls the 500 calls the IRL series and Allstate 400 as well. For the Bombardier LearJet 550k and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the Speedway Motorsports-owned Performance Racing Network joins the Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network for co-production the races. Generally, a radio station which wants to carry the Allstate 400 is required to carry the Indianapolis 500, and vice-versa.

The Allstate 400 announcer arrangement is different because of the co-production. Doug Rice joins Bob Jenkins (who moves ouwho calls the Allstate 400 on radio) in the Bombardier Pagoda as co-anchor. While the Turns 1 and 3 announcers remain the same, Chris Denari moves to Turn 2, with veteran Speedway Motorsports announcer Chuck Carland in Turn 4. Also, Kevin Lee is the only pit reporter from Indy Racing Radio to work that race; NASCAR veteran Ralph Sheheen and Speedway Motorsports radio pit reporters Brett McMillan and Pat Patterson will join Lee.

The 2008 crew for the Allstate 400 was different because IMS crewmembers had been assigned to the Rexall Edmonton Indy the preceding day.The crew did still feature both PRN and IMS staff.King and Jaynes worked the IRL race in Edmonton, while Jenkins stayed to co-anchor with Rice in Indianapolis.

Selected on-air talent (Indianapolis 500)

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Chief announcer

Driver experts

Analysts

Turn 1 reporters

  • Mike Dunn
  • Sid Collins
  • Bill Frosh
  • Mike Ahern (1963-1973)
  • Ron Carrell (1974-1985)
  • Jerry Baker (1986-present)

Turn 2 reporters

  • Bob Rhodes
  • Mike Ahern (1961)
  • Howdy Bell (1962-1981)
  • Doug Zink (1982-1984)
  • Howdy Bell (1985-1988)
  • Bob Lamey (1989)
  • Gary Lee (1990-1994)
  • Ken Double (1995-1999)
  • Kevin Lee (2000-2002)
  • Marc Jaynes (2003)
  • Adam Alexander (2004-2006)
  • Bob Jenkins (2007-2008)
  • Jake Query (2009)

Turn 3 reporters

  • Larry Henry
  • Mark Jaynes (2004-present)

Turn 4 reporters

  • Jim Shelton (1947-1978)
  • Darryl Wibel (1979-1980)
  • Bob Jenkins (1981-1989)
  • Bob Lamey (1990-2000)
  • Chris Denari (2001-present)

Pit reporters

  • Luke Walton, Starting command, north pits
  • Lou Palmer
  • Paul Page (1974-1976)
  • Mike King (1995-1998)
  • Kim Morris (2001-2004)
  • Kevin Lee (2004-present)
  • Jim Murphy (2002-2004)
  • Howdy Bell (1989)
  • Dave Argabright (2004-present)
  • Kevin Olson (2005-present)
  • Jake Query (2007-present)

Backstrech reporters

  • Jack Shapiro
  • Bernie Herman
  • Chuck Marlowe
  • Doug Zink (1966-1973)
  • Jerry Baker (1974-1976)
  • Darryl Wibel (1977-1978)
  • Bob Jenkins (1979-1980)
  • Larry Henry (1981)
  • Howdy Bell (1982-1984)
  • Position not used (1985-1989)
  • Howdy Bell (1990)
  • Position not used (1991-2008)

Talent chart

2000-2009

Year Chief announcer Driver expert Turn 1 Turn 2 Turn 3 Turn 4 Pit reporters Color commentators
2009 Mike King Jerry Baker Adam Alexander Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Dave Argabright
Kevin Lee
Kevin Olson
Nicole Manske
Donald Davidson (historian)
Paul Page (commentary)
Bob Jenkins (commentary)
2008 Mike King Johnny Parsons Jerry Baker Bob Jenkins Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Dave Argabright
Kevin Lee
Kevin Olson
Jake Query
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Dave Wilson (color)
2007 Mike King Johnny Parsons Jerry Baker Bob Jenkins Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Dave Argabright
Kevin Lee
Kevin Olson
Jake Query
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Dave Wilson (color)
2006 Mike King Davey Hamilton Jerry Baker Adam Alexander Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Dave Argabright
Kevin Lee
Kevin Olson
Nicole Manske
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Dave Wilson (color)
2005 Mike King Pancho Carter Jerry Baker Adam Alexander Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Dave Argabright
Kevin Lee
Kevin Olson
Nicole Manske
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Dave Wilson (color)
2004 Mike King Kenny Bräck Jerry Baker Adam Alexander Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Dave Argabright
Kevin Lee
Jim Murphy
Kim Morris
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Dave Wilson (color)
2003 Mike King Davey Hamilton Jerry Baker Kevin Lee Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Adam Alexander
Jim Murphy
Kim Morris
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Dave Wilson (color)
2002 Mike King Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Kevin Lee Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Howdy Bell
Chuck Marloe
Adam Alexander
Jim Murphy
Kim Morris
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
2001 Mike King Johnny Rutherford
Johnny Parsons
Jerry Baker Kevin Lee Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Howdy Bell
Chuck Marloe
Mike Lewis
Kim Morris
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
2000 Mike King Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Marc Jaynes Chris Denari Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Ken Double
Larry Rice
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Howdy Bell (statistician)

1990-1999

Year Chief announcer Driver expert Turn 1 Turn 2 Backstrech Turn 3 Turn 4 Pit reporters Color commentators
1999 Mike King Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Ken Double   Kevin O'Neal Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Vince Welch
Marc Jaynes
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1998 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Ken Double   Gary Lee Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Vince Welch
Marc Jaynes
Dave Calabro
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1997 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Ken Double   Gary Lee Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Vince Welch
Marc Jaynes
Mike King
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1996 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Ken Double   Gary Lee Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Vince Welch
Marc Jaynes
Mike King
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1995 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Ken Double   Larry Henry Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Bob Forbes
Sally Larvick
Vince Welch
Gary Lee
Donald Davidson (historian)
Chris Economaki (commentary)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1994 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Gary Lee   Larry Henry Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Bob Forbes
Sally Larvick
Brian Hammons
Chris McClure
Donald Davidson (historian)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1993 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Gary Lee   Larry Henry Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Bob Forbes
Sally Larvick
Brian Hammons
Chris McClure
Donald Davidson (historian)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1992 Bob Jenkins Derek Daly Jerry Baker Gary Lee   Larry Henry Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Bob Forbes
Sally Larvick
Brian Hammons
Chris McClure
Donald Davidson (historian)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1991 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Gary Lee   Larry Henry Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Bob Forbes
Sally Larvick
Brian Hammons
Chris McClure
Donald Davidson (historian)
Howdy Bell (statistician)
1990 Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Gary Lee Howdy Bell Larry Henry Bob Lamey Chuck Marloe
Bob Forbes
Sally Larvick
Brian Hammons
Ron Carrell
Donald Davidson (historian)

1980-1989

Year Chief announcer Driver expert Turn 1 Turn 2 Backstrech Turn 3 Turn 4 Pit reporters Color commentators
1989 Lou Palmer Johnny Rutherford Jerry Baker Bob Lamey Howdy Bell Larry Henry Bob Jenkins Chuck Marloe
Bob Forbes
Sally Larvick
Luke Walton
Ron Carrell
Gary Gerould
Donald Davidson (historian)

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