Webcasting: Checking Out The Audio Moto Media

Right now is a great time to be a motocross fan, because the quantity of information available online is truly staggering. Media web sites, manufacturer sites, press releases and rider updates from agents, message boards…it all adds up to a wealth of data.

Of course, streaming audio has also been popular for race fans, with webcasts available for both Supercross series and the outdoor Nationals. But it’s also caught on as a realitively inexpensive avenue to provide information and entertainment to a global audience, with no less than three weekly MX-related shows now being broadcast on the web. If you’re not listening in, you’re missing out.

DMXS has been around the longest, followed by Pitpass Radio (which is primarily a radio show, but it’s also streamed via the web), and The Moto Show is the most recent addition. Each one offers a different flavor, so listeners can definitely find one to suit their tastes. To listen in, you’ll need Microsoft’s Media Player (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/player.aspx), which is a free download. A fast connection definitely helps, and while we’ve listened to races and shows on 56K modems with good results, you may experience more dropouts.

To get you started in the right direction, we asked the guys behind each of the shows to give us the scoop on the history of their particular brand of mayhem.

DMXS Radio, AKA Dead Motocrossers Society

Show Originates From:

Atlanta, Georgia, where everything is deep-fried and you can get sweet tea.

Date of first show:

Sometime in June 2001. So you can see we just celebrated our seventh anniversary. Good times, indeed.

Day of the week and time that the show is heard:

We go live every Wednesday night at 9:00 pm EST. We also do a monthly show for the small group of islands in the Pacific which make up the country of Tuvalu. Our web tracing data said we were huge there, so a monthly gig made a lot of sense. They have no idea what we are saying, but apparently the braaaaap sounds we make are very similar to the volcanic God they worship. Go figure.

Phone number for listeners to call in:

Try (770) 941-3645. If that doesn’t work try 867-5309. Damn, that was lame.

Describe the format of your show:

We sit around on the back of a tailgate every Wednesday night and talk MX with the riders and industry folks from the past present and future. Our respect for the sport and guests is apparent, and that makes for some great interviews not likely to be found anywhere else. There are plenty of digestible, and politically correct sources of information out there, we just do not happen to be one of them. So, if having some laughs and hearing your favorite rider in a very relaxed forum sounds good to you, then pull up your lawn chair tohe tailgate and join us.

Regular features:

We usually talk, and the guests talk a lot. Bauer bashing is always fun during the WWR weekly segment. Everyone that comes on has to do their best Braaaaaap sound. Even Decoster and McGrath had to. We often pick up the Atlanta phone book and pick out a random James Stewart or other rider’s name to crank call. Of course we call the unsuspecting victim, and ask him things like what gear he jumps stuff in, and what size are his footpegs, and what kind of spoke nipple fluid he runs. You know, normal everyday questions.

Irregular features:

The entire show is irregular, so see above topic for answer.

How/why did you start doing the show?:

Core love for sport. Those that can do, those that can’t act like dumbasses every week on the radio or edit motocross magazines. We seriously started out with two $9.00 mics from Wal-Mart, and an office computer. And after almost four years, I’m proud to say we now have three $9.00 mics from Wal-Mart. What is that smell you ask…the sweet smell of success. Oh, that smell. Yeah, it’s Joey again.

What’s your goal for the show? Make a mint? Global domination?:

We understand that our show is different from anything else out there, and we buck the corporate trend, so just making enough to keep things going will suffice for the time being. American Honda stopped taking my calls, but some core fans of what we do have jumped on board. Serious Racewear, Maxxis, Factory Effex, MotoEast Mag, XPR Designs, have all helped out more than they could ever know. We do this out of the love for the sport, not to cash in. Funding our own show allows us to stay cutting edge, and not sell out. We would not do well as posers.

Hardest thing about putting together a weekly show:

I put together all the line-ups and playing phone tag with these guys is a normal thing. It’s not enough that they deal with fans and duties all weekend, but then we want them to take time out during the middle of the week. But you know what, they do it every week. They recognize that we are core, and respect them always. We have agents and riders calling us now, and that makes things a lot easier.

Favorite guest(s):

David Bailey is our unofficial fourth host. The many hours he has spent with us are priceless. Talk about core. He still lives and breathes this sport and is cognizant of its future health. Jeremy McGrath was very cool and honest. Bob Hannah has to be one of the surliest son-of-a-bitches I’ve ever come across, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. He always packs the house and tells it like it is. Travis Pastrana shows us more love than just about anyone, and we love him back. We are still trying to hook him and Jamie Little up. Can you imagine that incredible offspring? Speaking of Jamie, she rocks on and off the show! I have gotten to know her away from the track a little, and I have a lot of respect for her and where she is heading. Ronnie Renner is a crowd favorite. Chad Reed and Bob Moore are down with the DMXS vibe.

Dream guest(s):

One word. Enya. Just kidding…not really. Ron Burgandy, the world’s best anchorman would complete the circle since we all look up to him. More privateer stories like the Wonder Warthog crew brings on.

Best moment(s):

Matt Walker was on and Kevin Windham called in during the segment. Matt doesn’t believe it’s him so he starts asking all this personal stuff to make sure. The infamous ” Chuck” moment was born. Next time you see Windham, ask him why he has a pair of roller skates with a DMXS sticker on them. Having Hannah and Bailey on at the same time, or Bailey and Decoster. It just doesn’t get any better than that unless you throw in a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Bubba talking about working people “like a rib.” Shag Nasty’s complete virtual Braaaaaap lap of a SX track. Hands down the best impression ever. Hannah and Bevo on at the same time was a hell of trip down memory lane. After four years, there are too many to recount, and the best are yet to come.

Worst moment(s):

Technical problems suck. Any time you are in the middle of a great interview Murphy’s Law takes over. We had Reed on last week right in the middle of the worst thunderstorm to hit Atlanta in more than 3000 years. Let’s just say we lost him a few times, but he called right back and never gave up on the moto.

Archived shows?:

Yup. All of them.

Website:

www.dmxsradio.com

Other comments:

Hosted by Kevin Kelly, David Izer, and Joey Casey.

Pitpass: Moto Racing Weekly

Show originates from:

Clear Channel studios in Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of first show:

May, 2003.

Dream guest(s):

One word. Enya. Just kidding…not really. Ron Burgandy, the world’s best anchorman would complete the circle since we all look up to him. More privateer stories like the Wonder Warthog crew brings on.

Best moment(s):

Matt Walker was on and Kevin Windham called in during the segment. Matt doesn’t believe it’s him so he starts asking all this personal stuff to make sure. The infamous ” Chuck” moment was born. Next time you see Windham, ask him why he has a pair of roller skates with a DMXS sticker on them. Having Hannah and Bailey on at the same time, or Bailey and Decoster. It just doesn’t get any better than that unless you throw in a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Bubba talking about working people “like a rib.” Shag Nasty’s complete virtual Braaaaaap lap of a SX track. Hands down the best impression ever. Hannah and Bevo on at the same time was a hell of trip down memory lane. After four years, there are too many to recount, and the best are yet to come.

Worst moment(s):

Technical problems suck. Any time you are in the middle of a great interview Murphy’s Law takes over. We had Reed on last week right in the middle of the worst thunderstorm to hit Atlanta in more than 3000 years. Let’s just say we lost him a few times, but he called right back and never gave up on the moto.

Archived shows?:

Yup. All of them.

Website:

www.dmxsradio.com

Other comments:

Hosted by Kevin Kelly, David Izer, and Joey Casey.

Pitpass: Moto Racing Weekly

Show originates from:

Clear Channel studios in Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of first show:

May, 2003.

Day of the week and time that the show is heard:

Tuesdays and archived each week.

Phone number for listeners to call in:

1 (866) 333-5966

Describe the format of your show:

Moto talk, guests, interviews, information.

Regular features:

Wonder Warthog Racing Hour is our number two hour.

Irregular features:

All of us in the studio on the same night

How/why did you start doing the show?:

To promote this under-appreciated sport.

What’s your goal for the show? Make a mint? Global domination?

To continue to assist the industry and individual riders in promotion.

Equipment required to get started:

Radio Station.

Cost to do a weekly show:

$600.00 to $1000.00 depending on where it originates.

Hardest thing about putting together a weekly show:

Confirming guests in a timely manner.

Favorite guest(s):

Too many to mention.

Dream guest(s):

Most have left the arena.

Best moment(s):

The interviews that you wish could go on forever.

Worst moment(s):