The Indianapolis 500 will have a new chief radio announcer next year for one of the few times in its history.
Mike King, who has held the position since 1999, resigned Monday. He had been with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network since 1995.
Since Bill Slater called the 500 on Mutual in its early days, only five broadcasters have been “the Voice of the 500,” a term Sid Collins coined.
Collins led the radio broadcast from 1952 to 1976. Paul Page (1977-87), Lou Palmer (1988-89) and Bob Jenkins (1990-98) were the others.
King joined the IMS Radio Network as a pit reporter while working for WTHI-TV in Terre Haute.
King’s resignation is the second major change in the broadcasting of the 500 in the past month. Marty Reid, who led the television broadcast on ABC, was released by ESPN after accidentally calling a NASCAR Nationwide Series victory a lap early at Kentucky Speedway.
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