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Jocks and Stations John Evans & Dave North - WBOW - Terre Haute, IN

In the spring of 1995, John found himself promoted to Program Director of WBOW-AM Terre Haute. WBOW and its sister station WZZQ were owned by Contemporary Media. The place was such a revolving door that we all called it "Temporary Media". I think I worked for seven different Program Directors between the two stations.

John and I are both auto racing fans, so we indulged ourselves in this weekly show. It wasnt much like work though. We got to hang out at all the regional tracks and get to know the drivers. Covering qualifications and practice for the 1995 Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 satisfied another of my dream jobs. The best part of the day after cooking in the heat at the track was stopping at Johns parents house and jumping in the pool.

It wasnt a bad little show. We often had guests in the studio. Tom Sneva gave us a great interview about an electric race car he was testing. We watched Tony Stewart win at the Terre Haute Action track. We hung out with Walter Payton when he was an Indy Car owner. We interviewed Mike Skinner after he won the innaugural Craftsman Truck Race at IRP. We irritated Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan after a rough day of practice.

We even sold it to a sponsor, so it didnt cost the station any money. We had a great time doing it, but we put an awful lot of miles on WBOW News car. Gas was always an issue around that place. For some reason Contemporary Media always seemed to focus on little things that didnt really make much difference. Regardless, I still think of it as one of our greatest adventures.

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+7 #1 2010-09-29 04:03
Gosh I sound soooo tired! However, it is one of the better shows. And heck, how dated it sounds, especially when I say "I was reading on the computer on Prodigy" Are they still around? lol
+5 #2 2010-10-16 19:35
I was thinking the same thing when you talked about Prodigy. It was a fun show though. I'll have to find one from Indy or Brickyard qualifying. Those were the best shows. Some of the stuff we did from the Action Track was pretty good too. For something we threw together just for fun, it wasnt bad way to spend the weekends.
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