List of Daytona 500 broadcasters


List of Daytona 500 broadcasters

The following is a list of the American television networks and announcers who have broadcast NASCAR's annual Daytona 500 throughout the years.

Contents

1950s-1960s

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1959
1960 CBS Bud Palmer
1961
1962 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Stirling Moss
1963 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki
1964 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki
1965 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Dan Gurney
1966 ABC's WWOS Curt Gowdy Rodger Ward and Chris Economaki
1967 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Chris Economaki
1968 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki
1969 ABC's WWOS Bill Flemming Chris Economaki

Notes

  • Before 1974, the Daytona 500 was shown as a filmed (before 1972) or videotaped highlight package the following week on ABC's Wide World of Sports.[2]
  • During the period on Wide World of Sports, the booth announcers typically served as roving pit reporters during the running of the race, as well as interviewing in victory lane. The booth commentary was recorded in post-production.

1970s

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporters Ratings[3] Viewers[3]
1970 ABC's WWOS Keith Jackson Chris Economaki ** (see below)
1971 ABC's WWOS Keith Jackson Chris Economaki ** (see below)
1972 ABC's WWOS Keith Jackson Chris Economaki ** (see below)
1973 ABC's WWOS Jim McKay Jackie Stewart and Chris Economaki ** (see below)
1974 ABC Keith Jackson Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki 10.9/29 12.5 million
1975 ABC Bill Flemming Jackie Stewart 11.8/31 15.1 million
1976 ABC Bill Flemming Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki 12.8/37 18.3 million
1977 ABC Jim McKay Jackie Stewart and Chris Economaki 12.9/35 16.0 million
1978 ABC Jim McKay Jackie Stewart Chris Economaki 11.8/33 20.9 million
1979[4] CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett and Brock Yates 10.5/29 15.1 million

Notes

  • In 1974, ABC began the first live coverage (joined-in-progress) of the Daytona 500. Coverage was normally timed to begin when the race was halfway over. ABC aired approximately, the last 90 minutes of the race from 1974-1978.
  • During the period on Wide World of Sports, the booth announcers typically served as roving pit reporters during the running of the race, as well as interviewing in victory lane. The booth commentary was recorded in post-production.
  • The 1976 Daytona 500 was held on the same day of the final day of competition in the Winter Olympics (also broadcast on ABC). ABC carried 30 minutes of live coverage of the start, then switched to the Olympics for an hour-and-a-half to carry taped coverage of the final two competitive events (a cross-country ski race and the final runs in the bobsled), held earlier that day. Then it was back to Daytona for about an hour-and-a-half for the finish.
  • In 1979, CBS instituted the “flag-to-flag” coverage policy.[5][6]

1980s

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporters Ratings[3] Viewers[3]
1980 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett and Brock Yates 8.0/21 10.8 million
1981 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett and Brock Yates 8.4/26 11.2 million
1982 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett and Larry Nuber 9.4/27 11.8 million
1983 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Ned Jarrett and Larry Nuber 8.7/26 11.0 million
1984 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs Chris Economaki, Ned Jarrett and Mike Joy 8.7/23 12.3 million
1985 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs and Ned Jarrett Chris Economaki and Mike Joy 8.3/23 9.8 million
1986 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs and Ned Jarrett Chris Economaki and Mike Joy 8.4/22 10.3 million
1987 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs and Ned Jarrett Chris Economaki, Mike Joy and Dave Despain 9.4/26 12.4 million
1988 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Chris Economaki Mike Joy and Dave Despain 7.4/18 10.0 million
1989 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Chris Economaki Mike Joy and Dave Despain 8.1/21 12.0 million

1990s

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporters Pre-Race Host Ratings[3] Viewers[3]
1990 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Chris Economaki Mike Joy, Dave Despain and David Hobbs 7.3/20 10.5 million
1991 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and David Hobbs Mike Joy, Dave Despain and Chris Economaki 7.6/20 10.9 million
1992 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Neil Bonnett Mike Joy, David Hobbs and Chris Economaki 9.2/25 13.4 million
1993 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Neil Bonnett Mike Joy, David Hobbs and Chris Economaki 8.4/23 12.7 million
1994 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Chris Economaki Mike Joy, Dick Berggren and David Hobbs 9.6/26 13.6 million
1995 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Richard Petty Mike Joy, Dick Berggren and David Hobbs 7.8/20 11.4 million
1996 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker Mike Joy, Dick Berggren and David Hobbs 9.2/24 13.9 million
1997 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker Mike Joy, Dick Berggren and Ralph Sheheen 8.6/23 12.8 million
1998 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker Dick Berggren, Ralph Sheheen and Bill Stephens Ken Squier 8.6/23 13.0 million
1999 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker Dick Berggren, Ralph Sheheen and Bill Stephens Greg Gumbel and Ken Squier 9.6/25 12.9 million

Notes

  • Since 1995, U.S. television ratings for the Daytona 500 have been the highest for any auto race of the year, surpassing the traditional leader, the Indianapolis 500. The 2006 Daytona 500 attracted the sixth largest average live global TV audience of any sporting event that year with 20 million viewers.[7]
  • 1995: Includes a two-hour rain delay. Some markets did not have the race, as CBS lost major market affiliates during the 1994-95 season.
  • 1998-1999: Ken Squier served as host. Former pit reporter Mike Joy was elevated to the lap-by-lap position starting in 1998, and longtime announcer Squier was retained in a host position.

2000s

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentators Pit reporters Pre-Race Host Pre-Race Analyst(s) Ratings[3] Viewers[3]
2000 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker Dick Berggren, Ralph Sheheen and Bill Stephens Ken Squier 8.4/22 12.9 million
2001 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Jeanne Zelasko Chris Myers Jeff Hammond, Darrell Waltrip and Ken Squier 10.0/24 17.1 million
2002 NBC Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach Bill Weber, Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Matt Yocum Bill Weber 10.9/26 18.8 million
2003 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Jeanne Zelasko Chris Myers Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip 9.8/21 16.8 million
2004 NBC Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach Bill Weber, Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Matt Yocum Bill Weber 10.6/24 17.8 million
2005 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Jeanne Zelasko Chris Myers Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip 10.9/23 18.7 million
2006 NBC Bill Weber Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Matt Yocum Bill Weber 11.3/23 19.4 million
2007 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda Chris Myers Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip 10.1/20 17.5 million
2008 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda Chris Myers Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip 10.2/20 17.8 million
2009 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda Chris Myers Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip 9.2/19 16.0 million

Notes

  • 2001: After CBS lost the rights to the Daytona 500, Squier left the network and joined Fox for a one-race arrangement as special contributor and studio host.
  • 2003: Various rain delays led to race being shortened to 109 laps.
  • 2007: Race finished in prime-time hour (7 PM EST).
  • 2009: Rain shortened to 151 laps.

2010s

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentators Pit reporters Pre-Race Host Pre-Race Analyst(s) Ratings Viewers
2010 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda Chris Myers Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip 7.7/16[8] 13.3 million
2011 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda Chris Myers Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip 8.7[9] 15.6 million
2012 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda, and Jeff Hammond Chris Myers Michael Waltrip and Darrell Waltrip
2013 Fox
2014 Fox
  • Per the current broadcast agreements, the Daytona 500 will be televised by Fox through 2014.
  • 2010: Two delays totaling 150 minutes caused by track break up. Finished in prime-time.

See also

Sources

  1. ^ Ultimate NASCAR, ESPN Books, 2007, p. 42-43
  2. ^ NASCAR had puttered along for its first couple of decades -- stereotyped as redneck and relegated to "Wide World of Sports" segments when it could pitch the product to TV at all. Then came Daytona 1979 and the decision by CBS to televise the 500 from start to finish on a Sunday when a snowstorm paralyzed the East Coast. Stay-at-homes -- this was pre-cable, remember -- had few options to blunt cabin fever.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Daytona 500 numbers game.". Sports Media Watch. 2009-02-17. http://sportsmediawatch.blogspot.com/2009/02/daytona-500-numbers-game.html. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  4. ^ February 18, 1979 CBS Sports' broadcasts the first live flag-to-flag NASCAR race during the Daytona 500. Richard Petty takes the checkered flag. Viewers are introduced to pictures from Race-Vision, the stationary camera mounted inside a car.
  5. ^ Mark Aumann (January 23, 2003). "1979: Petty winds up in 'fist' place". Turner Sports Interactive. http://www.nascar.com/2003/kyn/history/daytona/01/23/daytona_1979/. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  6. ^ "1979 Daytona 500". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000E4IED2. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  7. ^ "World’s most watched TV sports events: 2006 Rank & Trends report". Initiative. 2007-01-19. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. http://web.archive.org/web/20070208200248/http://initiative.com/static/prDec2006.html. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  8. ^ since.html Daytona 500 Draws Lowest Rating Since 1991
  9. ^ "Daytona 500: Ratings Rise, But Race Second-Lowest Rated Ever on FOX". Sports Media Watch. 2011-02-21. http://www.sportsmediawatch.net/2011/02/daytona-500-ratings-rise-but-race.html. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 

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