April 24, 2017
Because we are very proud of where we’ve been and where we’re going, we have been hitting our 25th anniversary season celebration pretty hard.
We thank everyone most sincerely for the kind comments and support as we look back at our first quarter century covering and showcasing this often strange and wonderful sport of ours.
With just about the entire 25 years, our print “wing man”, Inside Track Motorsport News, celebrating their 20th season of publication this year, dedicated as we are to the coverage of the Canadian racing scene and the incredible roster of Canuck racing talent now and over the past twin decades.
The Raceline Radio Network was already well established when David Weber and staff hit the news stands with issue # 1 in October of 1997 with a tabloid newspaper format that graduated eventually to the glossy magazine format we enjoy now.
You might say it was destined Raceline Radio and Inside Track would work together. They were like the print version of what we were doing on the air, and we were the electronic version of what they were doing in print.
Happy to say it’s been a very positive and mutually beneficial working relationship with the staff of “The Stapled Monster”, as I affectionately dubbed the magazine years ago.
We’re constantly cross-promoting each other. We have their staffers and columnists on the air as experts commenting on the racing stories and issues of the day, and Inside Track has always been quick to print and headline stories about The Network, our broadcast partners, sponsors, and affiliates.
Assistant Editor James Neilson is our resident Formula One specialist, Inside Track Communications President John Hopkins has been our “bike racing guy” from the start, and Vice President and Editor Greg MacPherson offers stock car racing, their Motorama Expo promotion and general racing business insight.
25 years as Canada’s National Radio Motorsport Authority for The Raceline Radio Network, and 20 years for Inside Track Motorsport News as Canada’s Premier Source for Racing News! The fact we’re also very good friends makes the relationship all the sweeter!
Our 25th anniversary season on-air guest list rolled off back in January with Canada’s busiest driver, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Stewart Friesen, the lone full-time Canadian in The NASCAR Truck Series, who’s also still very active on the clay in DIRTCar Modifieds and Sprint Cars.
Other Canadian guest driver, rider and race executive highlights include: DJ Kennington, Daniel Morad twice, Antoine L’Estage, Jacques Villeneuve, Scott Goodyear, Cole Thompson, Ron Fellows, James and Chris Hinchcliffe, Cherie Putnam, Ben Young, Parker Thomson, Alex Nagy, Lee Bentham and Azhar Mohammad.
Speaking about Mohammad, The Executive Director of The Canadian Motor Speedway project continues to consult with Jeff Gordon on design of the oval and his work with Provincial Government Ministries to move forward so equipment can be returned to the Fort Erie site this summer.
Mohammad and yours truly, in my capacity as media consultant for CMS, thank the fans who visited our display at Inside Track’s Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo in Toronto back in March, understanding projects of this size take a great deal of time and process, and continue to support CMS with super-human patience!
Tale Pipes: We welcome back AM 610 CHNL, “Radio NL” Kamloops BC to The Raceline Radio Network family! Fans in that BC interior market are very passionate about their racing with Motoplex and Merritt Speedways nearby. That makes us 16 stations and 18 airings a week strong, year round … We also welcome back Merrittville Speedway Thorold Ontario ( season 66 ) and Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne Ontario ( season 58 ) as Raceline Radio broadcast partners on Niagara/Western NY affiliate News Talk 610 CKTB, who air the show Sunday nights at 9 and Saturday afternoons at 4. We expect to add more tracks in the CKTB market very soon. It’s always a very good thing when regional and local speedways stay involved and do business with Raceline Radio! Merrittville’s already underway! Ransomville opens May 5th, Humberstone May 21st!