With Hosts Cliff Tanner & Pete LaFaucia

About the Show


History of Speed Talk

The old saying goes; ‘the best idea is the one that almost didn’t happen. The success of Radio Speed Talk or Speed Talk was in fact that idea.

Born in April of 2009 Speed Talk started with the idea of advertising for our local track Baer Field Speedway. With the minds of Cliff Tanner, Pete LaFaucia, Ken Allen and the staff of the raceway Tom Isch and Bob Korsen Speed Talk Live was created. It was agreed that Pete and Cliff would do a live race show on practice day and to call a couple of races on the radio.

Little did the speedway or Speed Talk Live crew know how successful it would turn out to be. It quickly became known around the Northeast Indiana area. Racing series that came to our track soon went back to their areas and question the radio stations why they didn’t do anything like that. When technical difficulties hit us in middle of season we actually got a measurement of how popular the show was. When we could not get on the air, the station’s phones lit up wondering where the show was.

Although the show was not started until 2009 the Speed Talk gang had an opportunity in 2008 to interview some NASCAR drivers at the Michigan International Speedway. Among the first wave of drivers included Paul Menard, A.J. Almendinger and Ryan Newman. It exploded from there but not without help from their friends.

Michigan International Speedway and their friendly crew helped launch Speed Talk into what it is today. Not to be undone our great friend of the show Scotty Van Hawk from Four Feathers racing  which is part of AMA Super bike racing set us up with a Toyota dealership which featured Kyle Busch  and Michael Waltrip. Also interviewed that day were representatives from Toyota racing such as Lee White president of TRD.

As time went on the decision was made to syndicate Speed Talk under radiospeedtalk.com. Along with NASCAR the crew created our new motto. “If it has a motor and goes fast we will talk about it.”  Then the website was created. Following the building of the website we realized we had dedicated fans, and the "Speed Talk Junkie" was born.  Since then we have been privileged to visit tracks and races of all classes.

Along with interviews, news, results other features were created. Cliff’s Comments became a regular part of the show.  As the show grew so did the crew. Joining original host Cliff Tanner, Tom Wolf was added as the staff photographer and marketing guru and Kenny Barr was added originally as an associate producer and featured in the "Minute with a Mechanic" segment, and in recent months has expanded his duties on the show as co-host, including the new feature "Do You Know". ’Kenny has had experience as a race car driver and mechanic. We also added longtime area radio personality and audio production veteran Steve "Tiny" Michaels to twist the knobs, push the buttons, and make the show sound good as Executive Producer.

The success of the show comes from you the fans. With the help of Roger Curtis and his crew from MIS we have been able to reward our fans. We had an opportunity to bring fans to events such as go Kart racing with Kyle Busch, serving Budweisers with Kevin Harvick and a lunch at a Japanese steak house with Johnny Benson. We also were able to award tickets to the Pure Michigan 400 to two lucky winners. Without you the fans our success would be nothing. We thank you all for that.

 Among drivers interviewed include Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Marcos Ambrose, Michael Waltrip, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and many others. 2011 allowed the crew to expand their horizons. In February we had the opportunity to go to the Daytona 500 and had a spot on radio row. Thanks to Joey Chitwood we had the opportunity to interview the 2010 class of NASCAR Hall of Fame. We interviewed Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore, Bobby Allison, David Pearson and Maurice Petty representing his father Lee Petty.

The crew of Speed Talk also interviewed representatives from NHRA, IRL, AMA and other racing networks. We have talked with John Force who incidentally has modeled the infamous Speed Talk Junkie shirt. Others include, Bob Tasca III, Robert Hite, Mike Neff, Ryan Hunter-Reay and many others. Speed Talk has hung out with the Ms. Sprint Cups and Miss Coors Light. We look forward to many more great interviews and continued growth. Once again thank you to all you fans out there.

 --Cliff, Kenny, Tom, Tiny and the Speed Talk Gang


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