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September 30, 2013


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Thank you for this. What a shame that people want to crucify the guy for having a (gasp!) human moment.

Don't know if there's such a thing as broadcasting school, but on the day they teach the students how to handle an on-track or on-field tragedy, they should just play the October 2011 IndyCar race at LVMS and say, "Do this". Marty showed 'em how it's done that dark day, and he earned this fan's neverending respect.


Agreed, Wiresculptress. Marty and the whole crew handled the Wheldon tragedy perfectly. Characteristically, Marty was pretty modest about it when we talked in 2012.

Scott Whitmore

Excellent post, P-Dog. I gave my share of grief to Marty before Dan Wheldon's death, but his utter professionalism and humanity during that tragic event earned him a lifetime pass from me.

Terry Reed

Dog: Marty is leaving to spend less time with his family.

Haven't heard from you in a coon's age. -Terry

Ron Ford

Thank you for your comments Bill. I certainly agree with what you said. I liked Marty Reid and his approach to announcing race events, but I am somewhat of a minimalist. I grew up listening to the legendary Packer announcer Ray Scott: "Starr...Dowler...Touchdown." The way that Marty handled the Wheldon tragedy was, as Scott said above, utterly professional. I am not crazy about the guy who seems to be screaming all the time on the NBSs race coverage.

Ron Ford

Another self-employed scribbler, Hemmingway, also said it well: "Ask not for whom the bell tolls".

Gilbert K. Arnold

Actually it was not Ernest Hemingway who wrote that. It was John Donne and the full quote is: ""...never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee." in his poem For Whom the Bell Tolls. ! But I'm sure Ernest was aware of the poem when he wrote his novel. "For Whom the Bell Tolls".

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