The history of Supercross announcer broadcast teams

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11/8/2017 7:00 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/8/2017 7:29 AM

Can anyone help me with or provide a link to a list of Supercross announcer teams, including trackside reporters, thru the years with their tenures by year? Basically looking the 1980's to current day with Ralph, Fro, RC, Jenny....or maybe Kristin....Daniel. I googled but without much success. Figured some of the veterans of the sport might just know it from memory or know a source.

Really going deep into the history of Supercross this off season. My favorite era was the late 90's but really loving the early 90's as learning more about it.

And good broadcast teams are an important part of the presentation and I have a heavy interest in that field so wanting to know the history of SX broadcast teams. Art, David and Davey are the pinnacle to me but learning more about other eras everyday.

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11/8/2017 7:03 AM

Bruce Jenner was a trackside reporter.

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11/8/2017 7:34 AM

Art Eckman, David Bailey were a team.

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11/8/2017 9:12 AM

The most interesting was the Larry Myers and Dave Dispain team

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11/8/2017 9:26 AM

Xeno wrote:

Bruce Jenner was a trackside reporter.

You know someone-else who's been on the floor for SX-TV broadcasts..

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11/8/2017 9:40 AM

"Back to me, Art! Back to me, Art!"

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11/8/2017 9:48 AM

Nothing touched Art, David and Davey. Man, what a presentation. Lots of focus on mechanics, Honda stopwatch...good stuff.

I'm getting used to Despain and Myers. Not my favorites, though. I like Ralph and Fro alot but they need to overhaul the segments and freshen it up. Twitter pics are garbage. Todd Harris was good, too.

Larry Huffman was entertaining but a bit comical at times. Still trying to see who else has called the races. DC, surely you know...and who's your favorites?

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11/8/2017 9:51 AM

TeamGreen wrote:

You know someone-else who's been on the floor for SX-TV broadcasts..

Cameron worked the booth with Todd Harris for a couple seasons.

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11/8/2017 10:02 AM

Xeno wrote:

Bruce Jenner was a trackside reporter.

TeamGreen wrote:

You know someone-else who's been on the floor for SX-TV broadcasts..

Xeno wrote:

Cameron worked the booth with Todd Harris for a couple seasons.

Yeah, Cameron was cool. I think it was Todd, David in booth and Cameron trackside but not quite sure. Maybe Steele was in the booth at times.

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11/8/2017 10:04 AM

So, correct me if I'm wrong. It was Despain and Myers in booth and Art did some reporting from pits in 93 and then they moved Art to pbp in 94 with Despain on color, right?

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11/8/2017 10:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/8/2017 10:18 AM

Cameron Steele and Todd Harris. Rick Johnson and David Bailey. Brian Drebber did Daytona for a while. Denny Stephenson. All in the early 2000s. Seems like they just threw anyone in the booth from year to year after Eckman left. Then they got Ralph and Fro and it's been constantly those guys for a while now. Always like having Jamie Little as a trackside reporter. Erin Bates too. Not only were they eye candy, they at least had knowledge of the sport. Not the typical "These bikes are loud! These guys are athletes! They're fit!"

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11/8/2017 10:09 AM

Btw, if I had to rank the broadcast teams it would be a tie between Art, David, Davey and the Supercross Audio webcast team of Chad Damiani/Holley then Weege/Holley for number one.

I miss the audio webcast. It was for the hardcore Supercross fan. Loved it.

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11/8/2017 10:11 AM

greenmx5 wrote:

Cameron Steele and Todd Harris. Rick Johnson and David Bailey. Brian Drebber did Daytona for a while. Denny Stephenson. All in the early 2000s. Seems like they just threw anyone in the booth from year to year after Eckman left. Then they got Ralph and Fro and it's been constantly those guys for a while now. Always like having Jamie Little as a trackside reporter. Erin Bates too. Not only were they eye candy, they at least had knowledge of the sport. Not the typical "These bikes are loud! These guys are athletes! They're fit!"

For the record, I think we've lost Jenny to bigger sports. Kristen Beat is real good though if they go with her.

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11/8/2017 10:42 AM

That's super nice of you to say that, flatout111. Of all the things I've been fortunate enough to do in the sport, working every weekend with Art and David and just bench-racing all of the time with them (and Scott McLemore and Brett Smith and more) was definitely on the all-time podium. I had the best seat in the house!

DC
Racer X

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11/8/2017 10:51 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/8/2017 11:58 AM

DC wrote:

That's super nice of you to say that, flatout111. Of all the things I've been fortunate enough to do in the sport, working every weekend with Art and David and just bench-racing all of the time with them (and Scott McLemore and Brett Smith and more) was definitely on the all-time podium. I had the best seat in the house!

DC
Racer X

Right on, DC. You are definitely welcome. Thanks for chiming in. Always thankful for your participation here. I watch those races all the time. Nothing beat the presentation and I loved how they would sometimes mic up a mechanic and just do some great insight.

Ha. I also like your intro voiceovers in the classic MX Superfly video game. Great stuff, man!!

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11/8/2017 11:34 AM

Art Eckman was great, and had a real presence. His lack of familiarity with moto never really detracted from his race call.

David Bailey was also great, if a bit soft spoken. He actually did analysis of technique and related things to the sport's history, which he was a genuine fan of.

Despain was good. Larry Meyers was a little too goofy.

Todd Harris was annoying. Denny was great and very underrated.

Robbie Floyd was a fantastic host when he filled in. He gets it.

I have never liked Ralph very much for a lot of reasons.

Emig is too slow to jump in, too scared to level criticism, and usually seems to know of about 5 guys in the 250 class.

Carmichael was actually pretty solid in the booth, I felt. I think he is wasted as a trackside guy.

Windham was also good when they were trying him out. McGrath less so.

Jenny Taft is a goddess and too good for us.

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11/8/2017 11:45 AM

DC wrote:

That's super nice of you to say that, flatout111. Of all the things I've been fortunate enough to do in the sport, working every weekend with Art and David and just bench-racing all of the time with them (and Scott McLemore and Brett Smith and more) was definitely on the all-time podium. I had the best seat in the house!

DC
Racer X

Who makes the decisions who the announcers are? The production company/tv channel? Honestly I’ve liked everyone behind the mic for the TV production.

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11/8/2017 11:51 AM

Kkawboy14, usually it's a combination of things. The network might have their available talent on contract (Todd Harris with ESPN) or the TV company might have someone they really like (Art and David were working together under the Seals TV production company, even though SX/MX was moving around on networks back then). And sometimes the series itself might have a say -- we lobbied NBC and Lucas Oil TV both Weege, Grant Langston and Georgia because we knew them from live announcing and thought they would make a great team, which I believe they have.

Don't forget Denny Stephenson and then David Pingree on the TV timeline.

DC
Racer X

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11/8/2017 12:01 PM

I was never a fan of Robbie Floyd but that's just me. I like Ralph and Fro. I could also see Daniel Blair coming in once one of those two decide to step down. He seems to be being groomed for that. Daniel is excellent.





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11/8/2017 4:14 PM

loftyair wrote:

Art Eckman, David Bailey were a team.

This was the best team.

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11/8/2017 4:15 PM

Xeno wrote:

Cameron worked the booth with Todd Harris for a couple seasons.

Still my favorite combo ever.

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11/8/2017 5:06 PM

Larry Huffman didn’t need a sidekick! Supermouth!!!

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11/8/2017 10:51 PM

I think most of the names I remember have pretty much been mentioned. I'd have to look at some of my old tapes to match names to years.

One name I haven't seen pop up yet is - Wendy Walsh. She was the trackside reporter and did the interviews back in the early 90's I think, it was when McGrath was still on 125's. Isn't she some kind of famous Doctor or something now ?

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11/8/2017 10:58 PM

flatout111 wrote:

For the record, I think we've lost Jenny to bigger sports. Kristen Beat is real good though if they go with her.

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11/9/2017 5:43 AM

greenmx5 wrote:

Cameron Steele and Todd Harris. Rick Johnson and David Bailey. Brian Drebber did Daytona for a while. Denny Stephenson. All in the early 2000s. Seems like they just threw anyone in the booth from year to year after Eckman left. Then they got Ralph and Fro and it's been constantly those guys for a while now. Always like having Jamie Little as a trackside reporter. Erin Bates too. Not only were they eye candy, they at least had knowledge of the sport. Not the typical "These bikes are loud! These guys are athletes! They're fit!"

flatout111 wrote:

For the record, I think we've lost Jenny to bigger sports. Kristen Beat is real good though if they go with her.

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Yep. I'm going to miss Jenny. If she's gone I do hope Kristin Beat replaces her.

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11/9/2017 5:46 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/9/2017 6:19 AM

Although it is a bit WWF-ish, I really enjoy Larry Huffman and David Stanfield trackside from the 80s. I like Larry's excitement. His one liners can get a bit old but some of them are just damn funny.

Listening to a race from 88 now while traveling. Its a bit over the top but I prefer him to Despain. Good times.

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11/9/2017 8:09 AM

flatout111 wrote:

Although it is a bit WWF-ish, I really enjoy Larry Huffman and David Stanfield trackside from the 80s. I like Larry's excitement. His one liners can get a bit old but some of them are just damn funny.

Listening to a race from 88 now while traveling. Its a bit over the top but I prefer him to Despain. Good times.

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11/9/2017 8:09 AM

The ultimate would be Art, Daniel Blair, Erin Bates and Jenny Taft. We would be bigger than nascar

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11/9/2017 8:30 AM

Didn't see this one on the Huffman lines thread but it made me laugh. "Wardy's going up and down more than an Otis elevator operator." Lol.

I like this guy. He's a lot of fun. But nothing, past or present, beats Art Eckman. smile

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11/9/2017 8:33 AM

I liked the motorsports commentators that really gave this sport (and others) some visibility. If I knew nothing about moto or supercross, but if Steve Evans or Gary Gerould was reporting I'd listen just to hear their perspective. Hell, way back in the day anyone watch those buggy races in the swamps? Knew nothing about the sport, but some familiar voices helped to keep my attention and get me into it. Brock Yates, Paul Page, Ralph Shaheen all good.

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