Veteran Broadcaster Ken Squier Earns Prestigious Smokey Yunick Award CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2003) - Ken Squier, a pioneer in motorsports broadcasting, will receive the 2003 Smokey Yunick Award recognizing lifetime achievement in auto ...
Veteran Broadcaster Ken Squier Earns Prestigious Smokey Yunick Award
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2003) - Ken Squier, a pioneer in motorsports broadcasting, will receive the 2003 Smokey Yunick Award recognizing lifetime achievement in auto racing during pre-race ceremonies for the UAW-GM Quality 500 Saturday night, Oct. 11, at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The award, instituted several years ago by legendary car owner and mechanic Smokey Yunick who passed away May 11, 2001, annually recognizes an individual whose lifelong efforts have had a major impact on the motorsports industry.
"Fortunately for auto racing fans around the world, Ken Squier was able to combine his passion for broadcasting with his love of motorsports," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "Ken played a key role in the early radio coverage of NASCAR Winston Cup racing and then convinced CBS executives to present live, flag-to-flag coverage of the 1979 Daytona 500.
"Ken is probably best known for his enthralling voice, but it was his tireless behind-the-scenes efforts that helped propel motorsports broadcasting to the heights it enjoys today. He exemplifies every trait Smokey intended for this award to recognize and the selection panel could not have made a better choice."
Squier was literally born into broadcasting. His father, Lloyd, owned and operated radio station WDEV in Waterbury, Vt., and the younger Squier was an on-air announcer by age 12. By age 15, he was working as the public address announcer at various local race tracks, laying the foundation for his career.
Squier founded the Motor Racing Network and was a CBS Sports television announcer and host for 25 years. He and partner Fred Rheinstein also founded World Sports Enterprises, the first television production company specializing in motorsports.
While Squier's motorsports activities have been scaled back during recent years, he continues to oversee the day-to-day operations of WDEV and its parent company, Radio Vermont. He also owns two race tracks, Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., and Airborne International Raceway in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Previous winners of the Smokey Yunick Award include Bill Simpson, Ralph Moody, Banjo Matthews, Bud Moore, Cotton Owens and Junie Donlavey.
Tickets for the Oct. 11 UAW-GM Quality 500 start at just $19 and can be obtained online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.