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The Motor Racing Network Takes to the Road
You can't really call it a remote broadcast vehicle. Yes, that's essentially what it does, but it really is a mobile broadcast production facility, and it packs more radio production capability into a 53' trailer than some radio stations have in several thousand square feet.
The Motor Racing Network is the primary source for NASCAR stock car racing and related radio programming. Event coverage for the network includes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Programming is delivered via satellite to nearly 700 radio stations nationwide. The network was founded in 1970 by William H.G. France, the founder of NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway.
Through the end of 2013, MRN operated two production trucks: a 40' Great Dane trailer, which was built 25 years ago, and a 53' Featherlite trailer that was built in 2003. The Featherlite hauler was the primary vehicle, and the 40' was the secondary. With two vehicles, MRN can cover more than one event at a time. But after 25 years of service, the 40' trailer was showing its age. Primarily, the vehicle was too small. It simply did not provide sufficient work space for the talent. It's main studio and small edit suite/office barely met the needs of the network. In 2012, the plan was set in motion to design and build a new vehicle and retire the old one.
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