IRL: Leavitt named IMS Radio Network director

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 -- Longtime Indiana radio sales and operations executive Wally Leavitt was named as the director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Feb.

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 -- Longtime Indiana radio sales and operations executive Wally Leavitt was named as the director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Feb. 24.

Leavitt, a native of Danville, Ind., succeeds Julio "Chico" Fernandez, who retired Dec. 31 after producing and directing Indianapolis 500 television and radio broadcasts for more than 35 years.

The IMS Radio Network broadcasts the entire 16-race Indy Racing League IndyCar Series schedule, including the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, along with the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race.

The Indianapolis 500 Race Day broadcast is received by more than 550 network affiliates in the United States, a worldwide audience via the American Forces Television and Radio Network, and is broadcast via the Internet.

Leavitt's radio sales and management experience has taken him to positions around Indiana. He comes to the Speedway after serving as general manager for radio stations WIFE-FM/WCNB-AM in Connersville, Ind., since September 2001.

Other career highlights include owning and serving as media director for the Gray Leavitt Miller & Mitsch Advertising Agency in Indianapolis from 1985-89.

He also managed the Indiana University and Purdue University Sports Radio Networks, directed sales initiatives for WTTS-FM 92.3 as an Indianapolis account executive and served as general manager for stations in Indiana communities such as Lafayette, Bloomington and Greencastle during his career.

The IMS Radio Network celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2002, and Leavitt's goal is to take the colorful history and longstanding success of the network to new heights.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network," Leavitt said. "The history and strength of the network is unsurpassed, and I hope to carry that over to the entire Indy Racing League IndyCar Series."

Leavitt earned a degree in mathematics from Indiana State University in 1975. He resides in Danville and has three children.

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