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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

TNT To Enhance Audio Coverage This Weekend

This weekend marks the inaugural race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway, and also marks the second to last race of the year for TNT. TNT comes off of a weekend of their traditional wide open coverage, in which they were unable to keep all green flag laps commercial free, unlike the past few years. However, there was still only one commercial break that interrupted green flag coverage last weekend. This weekend, they are trying something new - adding microphones all around the speedway to enhance the audio for the fans.

The following is a statement from Turner Sports:

"TNT’s coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing continues on Saturday, July 9 live from Kentucky Speedway for the track’s first-ever Sprint Cup Series race. The network’s exclusive prime time coverage of the race will be a special audio-enhanced telecast with 40 additional special effects microphones placed in multiple positions around the track, including pit road, the front and backstretches and the turns, to boost the listening experience for NASCAR viewers. On average, TNT uses approximately 50 microphones for their race coverage on a track this size. The network also will utilize increased audio from in-car communication between the drivers and race crews and will continue to mic-up select crew chiefs and their teams through Inside Trax which will provide fans with inside access to the sounds and strategy of racing."

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