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Barney Hall, Ken Squier Honored By NASCAR & Hall Of Fame
Posted by: newsla on Feb 07, 2013 - 06:19 PM
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Barney Hall, Ken Squier Honored By NASCAR & Hall Of Fame


Barney Hall and Ken Squier, two giants of the broadcast industry with ties to Motor Racing Network, will be recognized Friday night during the fourth annual NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, N.C.

 

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In 2012, NASCAR and the Hall of Fame announced the creation of a new award to honor the media’s contributions to the success of the sport. The Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence will become a permanent part of the annual enshrinement activities. Both Hall and Squier will be recognized as the first recipients of the award that bears their names during Friday’s program at the Charlotte Convention Center.

“Media have played an important role in the growth and popularity of NASCAR over the years,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said when the award was first introduced. “The voices of Ken Squier and Barney Hall are an indelible part of our sport’s history and we couldn’t be more pleased to recognize their long and outstanding careers.”

Hall is still active as a Motor Racing Network announcer and, with Joe Moore, anchors most of MRN’s NASCAR coverage. He joined the network when it debuted in 1970. Prior to that, Hall served as Bristol Motor Speedway’s first public address announcer, called his first Daytona 500 in 1960 and has missed only three broadcasts in the 54-year history of “The Great American Race.”

The Elkin, N.C. native was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

“No other broadcasters have had as much impact on the development and popularity of NASCAR as Barney Hall and Ken Squier,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “We treasure the association we have with them. Those men drew the blueprint for our success and I’m thrilled that the inaugural award has been presented to both, and at the same time humbled to be part of the industry and the network they helped create.”

Squier was one of NASCAR’s original broadcasters, leaving a large imprint on the industry during its formative years. Like Hall, he joined Motor Racing Network for its first season in 1970. Squier’s golden voice and clever turn of a phrase took NASCAR to a national audience thirsting for live coverage, first over the radio airwaves and then on network television.

The Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence will now have a permanent home as part of the Media Section within the Hall of Fame – to recognize the stellar careers of Hall and Squier, and other honorees in years to come. They’ll join former MRN broadcaster Ned Jarrett in the halls of the NASCAR shrine. He was inducted in May 2011 as a two-time Cup Series champion.

Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of Friday’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. (EST) with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com. That’s part of the network’s 2013 broadcast schedule that features 88 live events from 34 venues, including coverage of Budweiser Speedweeks from Daytona International Speedway beginning Friday, Feb. 15.


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