Eddie Gossage, president and GM of Texas Motor Speedway and one of America’s greatest racing promoters, will give the closing keynote at Radio Ink’s Sports Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas. The famously innovative Gossage is perhaps the most successful speedway executive in motor sports today. It’s a booming business, and he’s played a huge part in making that happen. Continue Reading…
Under Gossage’s leadership, Texas Motor Speedway annually hosts the largest single-day sporting events in the Lone Star State, with two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, in addition to two NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races and a Verizon IndyCar Series event. The speedway has hosted the largest single-day crowd in Texas sports history.
Texas Motor Speedway:
• Annually attracts among the largest crowds of the season for all the major series that compete at the speedway
• Debuted an aggressive and edgier “No Limits” marketing campaign in August of 2010 aimed at attracting younger fans while also providing a multitude of new benefits to all fans
• Staged the first-ever nighttime Indy-car race
• Promotes some of the country’s largest music festivals
Gossage has been involved in motor sports since 1980, and his long and varied experience with auto racing in all its forms has made him one of the most influential executives not just in racing, but in all of professional sports. After starting out as the public relations director of Nashville International Raceway in 1980, in 1983 he took on management of Miller Brewing’s motor sports public relations program and was soon a fixture in NASCAR, Indy car, drag racing, sports car racing, and unlimited hydroplane racing.
In 1989, Gossage was named VP of public relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway, and in 1995, he was hand-picked by Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith to be the guiding force for a new state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth. Texas Motor Speedway opened in 1997, and today, under Gossage’s creative guidance, is considered one of the premier motor sports venues in the world.
Motor sports attracts some of the most passionate, loyal fans on earth — and so does Sports radio. The creative and business-savvy Gossage knows how to make those passionate fans happy, and how to generate big revenue and big growth while doing it. Hear what he has to say, only at the Sports Radio Conference.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
David Schultz Out At 105.5 WNSP
“I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions.”
WNSP is looking for a new afternoon show. A source tells Barrett Sports Media that David Schultz has been let go.
Schultz served as the Program Director as well as the host of The Game Plan in afternoon drive. Michael Brauner has been his co-host since last April.
David Schultz came to Mobile in August of 2019, replacing Creg Stephenson and Randy Kennedy, who is now heard on crosstown rival Sports Talk 99.5. Before coming to Alabama, Schultz hosted mornings on 103.7 The Game in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is also a former contributor to WQAM in Miami.
“To the listeners of WNSP, it has been my honor and pleasure driving you home from work since August of 2019,” he wrote on Twitter. “I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions. I appreciated your patience as it took this ‘yankee’ a bit to get used to his surroundings. Thank you very much for bringing me into your homes, cars, and phones.”
The station’s permanent afternoon plans are far from solidified. BSM has learned that Mark Heim — who currently hosts The Opening Kickoff on the station — will cover the shift in the interim.
Audacy, New York Mets Announce Addition of Keith Raad, Pat McCarthy
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast.”
Raad joins the crew after spending last season announcing games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He has also been the voice of Wagner University football and women’s basketball since 2017.
McCarthy — the son of Philadelphia Phillies television voice Tom McCarthy — has served as the voice of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA-affiliate of the Phillies. He has filled in on Phillies broadcasts during the past two seasons, in addition to working as a football, and men’s/women’s basketball announcer for Princeton and St. Joseph’s Universities.
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast,” said Andy Goldberg, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer, New York Mets. “Having Keith called up from Brooklyn, and being a local New Yorker to keep it in the family is what the Mets are all about.”
Raad will serve as the play-by-play and color commentator on the club’s broadcasts, while McCarthy will host the pregame and postgame shows, and step into the play-by-play role held by Howie Rose during select broadcasts.
“As we round the bases towards Spring Training, we’re proud to officially welcome Keith Raad and Pat McCarthy to our popular coverage of Mets baseball alongside Mets Hall of Famer Howie Rose,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President, Audacy New York. “Once again, the Mets offseason has created anticipation and optimism for the 2023 Amazins’ and we’re looking forward to being the audio home for every moment on-air and digitally.”
ESPNU, SiriusXM End Partnership, Channel 84 Rebrands as SiriusXM College Sports Radio
“Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed.”
SiriusXM still has a college sports radio station on its platform. It’s just called something different now.
A report from Cord Cutters News confirmed that ESPNU and SiriusXM have ended their partnership. Channel 84, which used to be known as SiriusXM ESPNU Radio, is now known as SiriusXM College Sports Radio.
ESPNU had been with the satellite radio provider since 2017. The channel itself, which has been on the Sirius lineup since 2010, was called SiriusXM College Sports Nation when it first launched.
Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed. Listeners can still tune in to hear hosts like Danny Kanell, Dusty Dvoracek, Rick Neuheisel and EJ Manuel, as well as live college sports play-by-play broadcasts.
The move doesn’t end ESPN’s partnership with Sirius. Cord Cutters noted that College GameDay will still be fully simulcasted on channel 81, which is ESPN Xtra.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.