AURORA, Ill. (December 1, 2005) ¿ Clear Channel Entertainment`s Motor Sports division today announced the broadcast team for the 2005-’06 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series that airs on SPEED Channel and CBS Sports. Color analyst Denny Stephenson and play-by-play host Ralph Sheheen will call the racing from the booth, while pit reporter Krista Voda catches the action from the floor.
Stephenson won the 1990 AMA Supercross Series’ 125cc Eastern Region championship and brings a host of motocross experience to the table. The former Suzuki factory rider has eight 125cc supercross wins to his name. Following his supercross career, Stephenson enjoyed an illustrious AMA National Arenacross Series career.
“In 1986 I sat in the stands for the Anaheim supercross to witness what many feel is one of the best races ever,” said SPEED color analyst, Stephenson. “Rick Johnson and David Bailey battled back and forth and two legends were born. With 2006 shaping up to be an instant classic, I am honored to be given this opportunity 20 years later.”
Sheheen, the signature voice of SPEED’s motorcycle racing coverage and AMA Superbike, has played a major role in the broadcasting efforts of all motor sports, including Formula One and pit reporting for the Daytona 500. He began his broadcasting career in 1988, having worked with many different sports and entertainment networks over the past 17 years including ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports Net, TBS, TNT, NBC, TNN, and CBS. Sheheen and his wife, Kimberly, reside in North Carolina.
The most recent accomplishments for Amp’d Mobile Supercross’s pit and podium reporter, Krista Voda, include stints with hit shows Totally NASCAR and NASCAR Nation while handling the pit reporting for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for SPEED Channel. Voda has also spent time in front of the camera for The Best Damn Spots Show Period and ACC Basketball in addition to covering the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals and the Kentucky Derby at WLEX in Lexington, KY. A 10-year veteran in broadcast journalism, Voda rounds out the diverse team in 2005-’06.
“We are excited to be working with a broadcast team that has so much diversity in Ralph Sheheen, Denny Stephenson and Krista Voda,” said Ken Hudgens, vice president of marketing and television, Clear Channel Entertainment ¿ Motor Sports. “With Denny’s experience as a professional supercross racer, Ralph’s vast experience in motor sports and Krista’s work with NASCAR, we have a team that can relate to everyone from the core fan to the first-time viewer.”
The team will cover all 17 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series races in 2005-2006 that will air on SPEED Channel and CBS Sports. The AMA Supercross races that air on SPEED Channel and CBS Sports will receive next-day original airings. The AMA Supercross Lites races will be shown later in the same week. The combined resources of Clear Channel Entertainment ¿ Motor Sports, SPEED Channel and CBS Sports have assembled the most successful television package the sport has ever seen.
For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com.
About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP¿/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. The Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-round national series within the United States that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment, with the exception of the event held in Daytona Beach, Fl. that is independentlly produced by the International Speedway Corporation and also is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the World Supercross GP championship. In 2005-2006, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. The winner of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series will be crowned as the national champion for that series.
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company’s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.