Motor Racing Network Radio revs up for NASCAR with Axia, Telos and Lectrosonics

By Dan Daley

SVG Audio Editor

Motor Racing Network (MRN) Radio relocated and built all new audio studios and
edit suites, which were up and running just in time for the February kickoff to
the NASCAR season at the Daytona 500. MRN moved from
FL to
NC, a suburb of NASCAR’s hub in
Charlotte. In fact, the facility is built in
what was once Darryl Waltrip’s race shop. Nice touch.

The facility consists of two control rooms and four editing suites, all
completely re-equipped. “We didn’t keep anything from the previous facility,”
states Doug Watson, MRN’s chief engineer and the designer of the rooms. The
company also built three video editing rooms for Nextel Vision, a division of
MRN that provides trackside on-screen entertainment.

Each room has an Axia Audio Element networked system with an
integrated Telos console and Scott Studios automation. Monitoring is through
Tannoy Reveal 5A and 6A speakers. “Each room has identical technology so that
once you train someone on one room, they can operate all of the rooms,” Watson

Picking the technology was straightforward: Watson researched
heavily at NAB events. The learning curve was another story. “We literally
switched out everything going from analog to digital,” he says. “We had a busy
off season learning the new systems and getting the trucks ready.”

Anyone who has ever been to a NASCAR event knows that sound
is key to the experience. Watson says comprehensive coverage is how you get it.
“We have a couple of guys in the booth, three guys with Lectrasonic wireless in
the pits and one wireless at all the turns,” he says. “But what you have to add
is passion. These guys love racing and they know that when it’s on radio, you
have to paint a picture. And they do. When that green flag drops, they become a

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