Mike King (radio announcer)

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Michael Wayne "Mike" King[1] (born in Virginia) is an American radio broadcaster, who is best known for being the chief announcer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and Indy Racing League between 1996 and 2013.[2]

He began his announcing career at Campbell University, his alma mater, where he was studying to become a minister. He worked as a sports writer for several North Carolina newspapers, and worked as sports information director at Campbell University from 1981–1982. He started on television in Greenville, North Carolina, then took over as sports director at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana.

In 1995, King joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network as a pit reporter. King took over as chief announcer of Indy Racing League events in 1996, whereas Bob Jenkins remained chief announcer of the Indianapolis 500. In 1999, Jenkins departed the radio network, and King was elevated to chief announcer of the Indy 500. King remained in this position until the end of 2013, when he tendered his resignation.[2] He was replaced by Paul Page.[3]

Personal[edit]

He was a partial owner of the Terre Haute Action Track.[4] for three years, before selling it. Nowadays, he lives with his wife and three children in Terre Haute, Indiana.

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Mike; Wheldon, Dan (October 20, 2011). IndyCar Weekly: October 20, 2011 – Dan Wheldon in his own words (Radio broadcast). Haymarket Publications; IndyCar. Event occurs at 23:30–24:45. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cavin, Curt (October 28, 2013). "IndyCar to get new 'Voice of the 500' as Mike King resigns". The Indianapolis Star (Karen Crotchfelt; Gannett Company). Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cavin, Curt (December 2, 2013). "Paul Page returns as Indy 500's voice". The Indianapolis Star (Karen Crotchfelt; Gannett Company). Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pearson, Craig (2008-03-01). "Promoters rev up Action Track schedule". Tribune-Star. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
Preceded by
Bob Jenkins
Radio voice of the
Indianapolis 500

19992013
Succeeded by
Paul Page