Charlotte Media Market Welcomes Race Day NASCAR Broadcast by Performance Racing Network
The Performance Racing Network (PRN) has added WRFX 99.7 FM “The Fox,” Charlotte, N.C.’s “Best Classic Rock” station, as the new flagship station in the heart of NASCAR country to its lineup of affiliate partners.
Starting with Sunday’s broadcast of the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas at 3 p.m. EST, WRFX 99.7 FM will carry PRN’s live broadcast of 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point races this season, including Speedway Motorsports Incorporated races originating from Atlanta Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway. The broadcast schedule will also include the historic Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend from Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as the Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis.
The 100,000-watt WRFX 99.7 FM is the home of “The John Boy and Billy Big Show," hosted by John Isley and Billy James. The duo has worked together for more than 30 years and their morning show, which often features interviews with NASCAR stars, can be heard in 22 states via syndication through Clear Channel Communications.
WRFX afternoon-drive host Mr. Bill is also the current host of the Crown Royal Post-Race Show on PRN, which airs two minutes after the conclusion of each live race broadcast.
“We’re very proud to have our broadcasts on a station that’s had a great affection for NASCAR racing for decades through John Boy and Billy, Mr. Bill and all of their shows,” said Doug Rice, president and general manager of the Performance Racing Network. “Race fans in the Charlotte region have a new home to listen to broadcasts of the biggest and best NASCAR events on the schedule.”
PRN will also receive promotional support for its broadcasts from other Clear Channel Communications stations, including Charlotte-based country music station WKKT 96.9 FM “The Kat.” WKKT morning show host Paul Schadt also co-hosts “zMAX Racing Country,” a weekly two-hour variety show featuring insights and interviews from behind the scenes of NASCAR and Nashville, syndicated on 300 affiliates nationwide through the Performance Racing Network.
“The listeners of The Fox and Kat Country are NASCAR fans through and through,” said Charlie Wilkinson, president and market manager for Clear Channel Charlotte. “This is a natural fit for our audience. Charlotte listeners can count on PRN’s exceptional race broadcasts, the very best classic rock and exciting promotions surrounding the May and October races from The Fox. ”
The full schedule of 2011 NASCAR race broadcasts on WRFX 99.7 FM follows:
|Kobalt Tools 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||March 6||3 p.m. EST|
|Jeff Byrd 500
Presented by Food City
|Bristol Motor Speedway||March 20||12 p.m. EST|
|Samsung Mobile 500||Texas Motor Speedway||April 9||7:30 p.m. EST|
|Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte Motor Speedway||May 29||6 p.m. EST|
|Toyota/Save Mart 350||Infineon Raceway||June 26||3 p.m. EST|
|Kentucky 400||Kentucky Speedway||July 9||7:30 p.m. EST|
|Lenox Industrial Tools 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||July 17||1 p.m. EST|
|Brickyard 400||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||July 31||1 p.m. EST|
|IRWIN Tools Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||Aug. 27||7:30 p.m. EST|
|Emory Healthcare 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway||Sept. 4||7:30 p.m. EST|
|Sylvania 300||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||Sept. 25||12 p.m. EST|
|Bank of America 500||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Oct. 15||7:30 pm. EST|
|AAA Texas 500||Texas Motor Speedway||Nov. 6||3 p.m. EST|