Real Racin’ USA…a little history
(last update to this article….August 24, 2009)
Real Racin’ USA is a leader in the motorsports broadcast world with “Live” and “On-demand “broadcasting.
Jack Smith, Rick Anges and Bill Green originally got involved in motorsports broadcasting entertainment in 1999.
Jack Smith and Bill Green, both experienced in motor sports media and broadcasting, started a show called Short Track America after assessing the successes and failures of the early years (1999-2002). In those days Jack Smith produced “Real Racin’ Talk Radio”, a show anchored by Rick Anges, Hans Nieborg and Craig Clarke that was broadcast both on AM radio and on the Internet. Bill Green had his weekly Saturday morning “Short Track USA” show in the Tampa, Florida market, and was also broadcast on the Internet. Both shows were teamed up with The Auto Channel (autochannel.com) and were very successful in attracting listeners.
In 2006, just as in 2000, Jack Smith brought in Rick Anges as an anchor for “Real Racin’ USA”, the flagship show of Short Track America. Craig Clarke, the original sound man and co-host from 2001-2002, is back manning the sound boards and co-hosting the Tuesday night “Real Racin’ USA Live!” show. Scott McAllister and Jason Beckner and Rick Auriemma, all experienced race announcers and commentators, are rotating co-hosts for “Real Racin’ USA”.
By the spring of 2007, it was clear that the name “Short Track America” was not big enough to encompass the direction this new motorsports network was taking. Thus the name change to Real Racin’ USA Motorsports Network. The Tuesday show simply became, Real Racin’ USA Live!
As of the spring of 2007 Bill Green is taking a sabbatical from the Tuesday night show, while researching other motor sports broadcast opportunities for Real Racin’ USA, and continuing to write for the Tampa Tribune and do special features and live broadcasts for Short Track America.
The “ASA Fast Lane” was added to the weekly schedule of shows to provide race fans news and entertainment featuring the stars of the ASA Late Model Series, exciting short track series. Shortly thereafter, Terry Wall, the Marketing Director for Real Racin’ USA brought O’Reilly Auto Parts on board as the title sponsor for the show. The O’Reilly ASA Fastlane is quickly becoming a major media outlet for promoting the drivers of the ASA Late Model Series.
The original weekly three hour show that started Short Track America, brought a tremendous amount of talent and information to the Internet. Consider this, NASCAR’s David Reutimann, legends Bobby Allison and Buzzie Reutimann, promoter Howie Commander and many more. Look at this list of race car drivers from a wide range of motorsport genres: Frank Kimmel, TJ Zizzo, , Rob Atchison, Mike Ferris Aric Amirola, Travis Kittleson, Chad Kemenah, Sahne Huffman, Clay Rogers, Dave Mader III, Donny Schatz and Kenny Wallace.
Darrell Waltrip, Fox News Analyst and NASCAR legend, was a guest in April 2007. For a long list of personalities that have appeared on Real Racin’ USA, check out this list.
In the summer of 2005 when tragedy struck a dirt track in rural Illinois, Real Racin’ USA had Mary Kaye Davis of the Mt. Vernon Register-News, the lead reporter on the scene, on the show within a few days of the event to tell us her first hand account.
When the world famous Hialeah Speedway closed after 50 years of operation, Real Racin’ USA not only brought you the key players in the closing act of the speedway, but brought Miami Herald motors sports Reporter Cammy Clark on to give her account of the event.
Real Racin’ USA streams news and race information 24 hours a day, and of course a stroll though the archives will present to the fan with an endless supply of great interviews with the stars of motor racing conducted by knowledgeable hosts, who aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions.
In July of 2007 Real Racin USA joined up with Racers Helping Racers Founder Terry Scampton and created the First Annual Sunshine Speedway Reunion. The party brought out 1,800 race fans to the Quaker Steak and Lube in St Petersburg, Florida to celebrate the Tampa area race track that closed its doors in 2004.
As with the other notable web site concept developed by Jack Smith, KARNAC.com created in 1997, building a sense of community is the the guiding strategy with Real Racin’ USA. “I learned the core concepts of Internet Community building from a guy named Jim Wilson, and owe him a tremendous debt. Jim was an early Internet marketing guru whose principles fit right into the whole racing community concept.” Jack Smith stated.
Team work and community building is what makes Real Racin’ USA different than a lot of other broadcast ventures. If you have a show concept, a driver who needs some publicity, a new safety product, or want to become a part of this exciting new media as a host, or even as a sponsor, contact Real Racin’ USA at 941-228-8359
Real Racin’ USA is a leader in the motorsports broadcast world with LIVE and ON-DEMAND broadcasting….you listen LIVE or when you like!