Hall To Call 50Th Daytona 500

Motor Racing Network (MRN Radio) celebrates its 40th DAYTONA 500 tomorrow by broadcasting the event over nearly 500 affiliate stations across North America, highlighted by legendary MRN personality Barney Hall calling his 50th “Great American Race.”

MRN Radio is joined this year by great new affiliate stations such as K-FROG California Country covering a large portion of the greater Los Angeles area in Southern California, KNCY-FM in Nebraska City, and 99.5, WRNO, in New Orleans, Louisiana. MRN will once again provide multi-platform coverage of the DAYTONA 500 through ESPN Radio’s Spanish-language channel, ESPN Deportes, which will provide race updates to its radio affiliates in over 30 markets including Los Angeles, Dallas, and Phoenix. Also, NASCAR fans in Canada can listen to coverage of the DAYTONA 500 through MRN’s distribution partnership with McColman Media of Kingston, Ontario, which will provide distribution of the MRN broadcast to its affiliates in markets such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 40th DAYTONA 500 this year and look forward to bringing NASCAR’s most prestigious race to fans throughout North America in multiple languages and across multiple distribution networks including 490 affiliate stations, internet radio at NASCAR.com, and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio,” said David Hyatt, president of MRN.

“Our outstanding team of broadcasters, including the legendary Barney Hall, will call the exciting lap by lap action tomorrow. MRN Radio has already covered DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona, providing complete coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, Gatorade Duel at Daytona, and live race talk programming throughout the entire week,” added Hyatt.

“In my five decades of calling races, I’ve never been this excited to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup season,” said MRN personality Barney Hall. “I think I speak for the entire MRN team when I tell you we feel privileged to bring the live action from the ‘World Center of Racing’ to the millions of fans across North America. We can’t wait to kick off the 2009 season.”

MRN Radio is the primary source for NASCAR stock car racing and related radio programming. Their award-winning play-by-play coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series is delivered via satellite to more than 600 radio stations nationwide.

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