American Le Mans Radio Web Anchor reporting on war from Kuwait. BRASELTON, Ga. (March 25, 2003) -- John Hindhaugh, lead announcer for the American Le Mans Series Radio Web, has traveled to Kuwait to take part in media coverage of the war in ...
American Le Mans Radio Web Anchor reporting on war from Kuwait.
BRASELTON, Ga. (March 25, 2003) -- John Hindhaugh, lead announcer for the American Le Mans Series Radio Web, has traveled to Kuwait to take part in media coverage of the war in Iraq.
Hindhaugh left London on Monday for the journey to Kuwait City, where he will work for Globecast, one of the world's largest satellite uplink broadcast companies. One of Globecast's clients is the Reuters News Agency, which is providing facilities for journalists across the Gulf Region.
Hindhaugh expects to be in the area for at least a month, coordinating with Reuters journalists and other broadcasters to uplink video and live reports from Kuwait City. In addition, he will spend time working with a mobile unit that will travel as part of a military operation.
"It's a project management and client liaison role, although I have had a refresher course on camera operation and satellite uplink protocol so that I can give some of the other staff a break," said Hindhaugh. "Most of the staff has been there for at least a month now and are pretty tired. Don't bet against me popping up on your TV screens at some stage."
Hindhaugh said that he had been on standby for the Gulf trip for some time and said that he had grown frustrated with the waiting and uncertainty about his travel plans. However, all of that changed when he was at Sebring International Raceway for the recent Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the opening event of the 2003 American Le Mans Series season.
He had been expecting to travel to Qatar to work in the $1 million Hollywood-designed main press center at the U.S. Strategic Command Center at Doha. However, he received a call while at Sebring to send his details through to the Kuwaiti Embassy in London in preparation for a deployment on his return. He went to the media center at Sebring and faxed a copy of his passport to London to get the process underway, then went ahead with his Radio Web duties for the race.
Upon returning home to England, he learned that the Kuwaitis had approved his application. He traveled to London to collect the necessary papers, then drove to the Globecast depot at Farnham, U.K., to receive essential items such as a flak jacket, protection suit and respirator. He caught an overnight flight from London to Bahrain, and then on to Kuwait City.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am delighted that Globecast and Reuters have shown so much confidence in approaching me for this important role," he said. "All of my sports car friends have been very kind. I have found it extremely supportive that drivers, team members and fellow journalists have made the effort to pass on their good wishes."
Hindhaugh, who has been the anchor of the American Le Mans Series Radio Web since the formation of the professional sports car racing series in 1999, is known for his enthusiastic delivery while announcing the action to listeners around the world.
"I've been revising my knowledge of military vehicles," he said. "So I should be able to do a decent commentary on the race to Baghdad."