Preserving History

May 4th, 2011 at 6:19 pm by under Sports

It’s finally May, easily my favorite month of the year, and even more so this time around.

That’s because this is the 100th Anniversary of my favorite sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.

The best part about this year’s 500 for me, is that there will be plenty of talk about history and drivers from the past, which is right up my alley.

I make no bones about the fact that I am an Indianapolis 500 “history geek”, so having a Centennial Celebration highlighting the great drivers and races of the past is right in my wheelhouse.

Another great part of May kicked off on Monday, with the return of The Talk of Gasoline Alley, hosted by a true treasure, Donald Davidson on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis.

If you’re not familiar with the show, the format is pretty simple, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson takes listener questions “of a nostalgic nature”.

Donald is a truly remarkable man, with an amazing memory, that has dazzled radio audiences for decades. He first wowed fans with his knowledge of Indianapolis 500 facts on the Speedway Radio Network in 1964, and has been a staple ever since.

I’ve had the honor of speaking with him on several occasions, and you won’t meet a finer person.

He has been unbelievably kind to me and is a big reason for my passion for the 500, which I will always appreciate.

The best part about the show is, you can call in, and ask about a driver of the past (preferably the long-past) and have your question answered live on the air.

The show has been on 1070-AM continuously since 1971, outlasting the station’s change from WIBC-AM to WFNI-AM, and has almost a “community” feel to it.

You can always to expect to hear “regular” callers Jerry from Delphi, Mike from Vernon Hills, Illinois, and the now-legendary Dave from Marion, who delights listeners every year with his calls.

It’s a nightly step-back-in-time that’s well worth your time every night.

The only disappointment about this year’s show is that we have to wait an extra 2 hours to hear it. After 40 years, the show has been moved from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., but it’s still going strong.

I invite you to call in, and ask about Eldon Rasmussen, or Bill Spence, Milton Jones, or perhaps Alberto Ascari. You will be glad you did.

Preceding the program, is Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee, which focuses on the present-day issues involving the Izod IndyCar Series. “Cavin and Kevin” are true professionals who bring inside information every night. It’s a great show, that you can’t miss if you’re an IndyCar fan.





2 Responses to “Preserving History”

  1. Michael says:

    Mike, I’m geeked up but yet I feel alot of sadness! The reason is because we lost a legend on Feb. 11th. It will never be the same without hearing Mr. Carnegie’s voice at least once during the Month. I hope that we get to meet during the Month! Great Blog and it’s going to be fun this year.

    Take care,

    Michael Hogg

  2. Mike Thomsen says:

    There’s no question he will be missed.

    What an amazing voice, and to think of all of the history he saw!