Hour-Long NASCAR Talk Show Available for Weekends
New Weekly Show Marks the Latest Expansion of The Final Lap Brand
New York, NY – May 24, 2012 — United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (“USRN”), an independent leader in original network radio programming, today announced that, in conjunction with the Producer/Host of its popular short-form auto racing feature THE FINAL LAP with Kerry Murphey, the network is expanding the programming output from that brand and is introducing THE FINAL LAP WEEKLY. The new one-hour talk show will be available to Sports Talk and other stations beginning with the weekend of June 2-3, and this announcement comes from Murphey who is based in California along with USRN EVP/Programming Andy Denemark at the network’s headquarters in New York.
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THE FINAL LAP WEEKLY is designed to be an all-purpose NASCAR racing talk show, and the weekly show content will include discussion of the biggest news of the week in racing, race recaps and previews along with interviews with drivers and other NASCAR personalities. There will be opportunities for listeners to engage with the program interactively through social media as well as via the show’s website which was heavily enhanced and re-launched in the summer of 2011 at www.thefinallap.com. THE FINAL LAP WEEKLY actually began as a podcast on that same website, but it will now also be available to radio stations for broadcast.
For this new talk show, Host Kerry Murphey will be joined by co-host Toby Christie. Kerry Murphey is a radio veteran with over 25 years in the medium. Murphey started his career at KIIS-FM Los Angeles where he was the producer of the Magic Matt Alan afternoon show. In 1994, he joined Blair Garner’s syndicated After Midnite as the sports talent for the show using the on-air moniker of “Jim Shortz”. It was the popularity of the racing elements of those sports reports that helped develop the concept and execution of The Final Lap which currently has over 200 affiliates. Texas native Toby Christie is a long-time NASCAR devotee and writer who covers the sport. Christie’s coverage of NASCAR has been featured on RubbingsRacing.com and BleacherReport.com for several years, and he’s also the co-founder of sicknissified.com and a contributing writer to thefinallap.com.
Regarding the introduction of THE FINAL LAP WEEKLY, USRN’s Andy Denemark commented, “2012 has been another solid year for NASCAR racing with TV viewership and track attendance both up. At the same time, Sports Radio is growing exponentially, so we felt it was a great time to bring a new long-form racing talk show to the airwaves. Kerry Murphey is a proven winner, his team covers the sport like no one else, and this is a great brand extension for Kerry and The Final Lap.”
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., is the nation’s leading independently owned and operated radio network. The company currently distributes and produces multiple format specific services to over 5,000 rated radio stations nationwide including AC, Rock, CHR, Country, Oldies, Sports, Talk and Urban. The New York-based company was founded in 1994 by radio pioneers Dick Clark and Nick Verbitsky.
USRN Press Contact: Andy Denemark firstname.lastname@example.org 212.536.3603
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