NASCAR's 10 Best Broadcasters of All Time
On the light of All-Star weekend, I have decided to make a list of the top ten NASCAR Broadcasters of All-Time. If there were an All-Star race for Broadcasters these guys would call it.
They are people who have imprinted their voices and terms into our minds for years. They are people who we grew up and fell in love with.
They are the top 10 broadcasters of all-time. Let's see who just missed the cut!
Just Missed the cut.
Benny Parsons was a tough cut for this list. He brought us so many memories and if it were the top 11, Benny would be right there. However, he had a tendency to jump over announcers, which got annoying sometimes.
Dave DeSpain was also a tough choice. His show "Wind Tunnel" is a great show and he has come a long way since his days on CBS as a pit reporter. DeSpain is not technically a NASCAR broadcaster anymore, so he's off.
Buddy Baker was also tough. His southern twang was excellent for so many years.
He was a perfect driver announcer and a lot of people would argue for him to be on this list. However, Buddy had a tendency of over talking.
Darrell Waltrip also was tough. He's done a great job on FOX and has pinned a lot of memories in our mind. With time Waltrip will probley be on this list, just not yet.
Winston Kelley was a tough cut as well. He has been on MRN Radio forever, and does just a fabulous job in the pits.
He has retired from broadcasting to focus on The NASCAR Hall of Fame. However, he was wonderful for MRN and just missed the cut!
So enough with the cuts. Here's the list! I hope you enjoy it!
#10 Eli Gold
Since 1982, Eli Gold has been on MRN radio announcing NASCAR Races. You don't hear him so much anymore, however, he is still great.
He and Buddy Baker teamed up to make an unbelievable duo during Eli's days on TNN (The Nashville Network). Gold's a natural.
He was the a perfect match to go with Joe Moore and Barney Hall on MRN for many years. I remember as a kid listening to Gold and it's still not right going to the track and not hearing him.
If you don't remember Gold's voice, youtube it. It's unbelievable.
#9 Chris Economaki
Chris Economaki's career as a broadcaster began on July 4th 1961 when Economaki covered the 1961 Firecracker 250 for ABC Sports. He covered most of the Motorsports for the show Wide World of Sports for 23 years.
After that Economaki moved to CBS Sports. Economaki was a fixture on CBS Sports for the Daytona 500.
He had many memorable moments, but his lead in the 1990 Daytona 500 is probably the best start to a Daytona 500 we have ever seen. He also interviewed Dale Jarrett in victory lane in 1993 during the Daytona 500.
It was an absolute memorable moment for Economaki. To this day if you look hard enough you can still see Economaki at race tracks. Even if he is 89 years old.
#8 Larry McReynolds
Not only is Larry McReynolds one of the best crew chiefs of all time, but he might be the best crew chief to ever pick up the microphone. McRenyolds began broadcasting Busch races in 2000 for TNN.
He did such a fabulous job that FOX fired him full time in 2001. Since then McReynolds has brought us so much useful information during every telecast he does.
He tells us stories about the times with greats as Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt. Larry Mac brings us all the information with a smile and so much excitment, it puts him head and shoulders over everyone. He currently works for both FOX and TNT, giving us more joy of watching him over the years.
#7 Dick Berggren
Dick Berggren has been loved by many NASCAR fans for his pit reporting. Berggren has been on the NASCAR airwaves since 1979 when he helped announce the 1979 Daytona 500 on the Motor Racing Network (MRN).
In 1981 Berggren started working for ESPN. Since that day Berggren has had some great moments.
He interviewed Bill Elliott in 1985 on Bill's "Million dollar day" in victory lane. Berggren has announced for CBS, TBS and currently works for FOX. At age 66 Dick is better than ever, and is the leading pit reporter on FOX.
#6 Ned Jarrett
Perhaps the Best driver to ever become a broadcaster was Ned Jarrett. "Gentlemen" Ned began announcing for MRN Radio in 1978 and in 1984 during the Firecracker 400, Jarrett had an unforgettable interview with president Ronald Reagan.
He moved to the TV booth later on and would call his son's first win at Michigan International Raceway. However, Jarrett's most mememorable moment came in 1993, when he called his son Dale, into to win the 1993 Daytona 500.
It was classic Ned. He was telling Dale exactly what to do and Dale did it.
It was such a great moment between father and son. In 1996, Ned got to do it again, but nothing could beat the first time.
Ned's last year of broadcasting came in 2000, when he left CBS for MRN Radio again. You can still hear Ned Jarrett's Wide World Of Racing on MRN.
#5 Bob Jenkins
Bob Jenkins is one of best broadcasters of our generation in NASCAR. From 1979 to the year 2000, if you turned on a NASCAR Race on ESPN, Bob Jenkins was calling it.
Jenkins had some great moments on ESPN including announcing the death of J.D. McDuffie in 1991 at Watkins Glen. Jenkins should be remembered for his clarity and his diction.
He was made for motorsports. You can still see him on the Versus Network announcing some Indy car races. However, his charm and voice will be remembered by NASCAR fans forever.
#4 Mike Joy
NASCAR fans first heard the great voice of Mike Joy during several races back in 1976 on The Motor Racing Network. He was so good that MRN promoted him to a full time basis in 1978.
He rose to co-anchor, general manager and executive producer before leaving for ESPN in 1980. He was the lead analyst on ESPN's first live NASCAR telecast in 1981.
In 1984 Joy moved to CBS Sports and was the lead pit announcer for every Daytona 500 from 1984 to 1997. Joy also worked for TBS and he launched NASCAR's coverage on TNN.
He was the lap by lap announcer from 1991 to 1995. Joy also worked for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network from 1994 to 1999.
In 1998, CBS moved Joy to lap by lap announcer moving Ken Squier to the studio until 2000. In 2001 FOX Sports hired Joy to be the lap by lap announcer. It was a great hire.
Joy has had many memorable calls, including calling Dale Earnhardt in to the checkers during the 1998 Daytona 500. It showed how talented Joy is "Twenty Years of Trying.
Twenty years of Frustration. Dale Earnhardt will come to the caution flag and win the Daytona 500, finally."
From that day forward Joy has been phoenomanal. He handled the death of Dale Earnhardt so brillantly in 2001, keeping his composure and getting FOX off the air promptly.
Joy learned from the best, in Ken Squier and we can still see some of Ken's wisdoms in Mike. No pun intended. It's been a joy to listen to Mike Joy.
#3 Joe Moore
Since 1982, Joe Moore has warmed the hearts of every NASCAR fan who has listened to MRN Radio. Moore's brillence has been on MRN since 1982.
He makes MRN Radio what it is today. An unbelieveable thing to listen to when fans go to the race.
Moore brings everything to a halt. If announcers go hey-wire Moore always brings the race back and what we listen too.
He never overdoes anything. Moore is so underrated because he is on the radio.
Him and partner Barney Hall have done every Daytona 500 in one way or another. NASCAR fans recognize the greatness of Joe Moore.
#2 Barney Hall
Since 1958 Barney Hall has been announcing racing. Yes, he was announcing since they were on the beach at Daytona.
Hall has been working for MRN radio since it's inception in 1969. In some way or another Hall has announced EVERY Daytona 500 and his voice is still amazing to this day.
If you have turned on MRN radio, Barney Hall has been there to bring you "live flag to flag coverage." Hall never got excited he always brings home the race in a great way.
MRN radio is the best medium to listen or watch a race and he is the reason why. In 2007 Hall was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.
He deserves it. Hall has groomed some of the best annoucers, they include, Mike Joy, Allen Bestwick, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Ned Jarrett.
#1 Ken Squier
The best announcer to ever broadcast NASCAR is Ken Squier. He has coined some of the best phrases and created some of the best things in NASCAR.
Most people think that the Daytona 500 was always called "The Great American Race." They are wrong.
Who gave that race the legendary nickname, it was Ken Squier. On the third Sunday in February NASCAR fans would wake up the watch the Daytona 500, and Ken Squier would always be there to bring us the race in amazing fashion.
His starting lineups were the best anyone has ever done, giving drivers nicknames and giving them their home town and their owner. He coined the phase Jimmy "Smutt" Means and "Texas" Terry Labonte along with other nicknames "Mr Excitement" Jimmy Spencer.
Squier's career started on MRN Radio. In fact he was one of the founders of the station.
He was the track announcer at Daytona International Raceway from 1959-1978. In 1979, Squier moved to CBS Sports for the first flag to flag coverage of a NASCAR Race.
Squier's legandary call of "The Fight" during that race helped make him a legend.
In 1982, Squier created something we take for granted today. He created the In-Car Camera and it's been a staple in NASCAR ever since.
Squier worked for several networks including TBS and TNN. However, his time on CBS will always be associated with him.
From 1979-1997 Squier was the lap by lap announcer for CBS. In 1998 he moved to the studio and interview the winner of the race.
In 2001 Squier would retire. However, you can still see him every speed week, during Daytona.
His diction was perfect and his clear dipiction of who was in what car was a big help. "Davey Allison in car 28" just showed how great he was.
He also would announce the drivers hometowns. He made them feel important.
"The Daytona 500 belongs to Franklin, Tennessee's Darrell Waltrip."
He was the perfect announcer for NASCAR and made everyone who watched and listen to him over the years understand the sport a whole lot better.
Thanks Ken, you are definitely #1. You deserve it!