SYLACAUGA, Ala – Each Saturday, you can get a massive dose of racing action that is loved throughout the south originating from Sylacauga, Ala.
The Championship Racing Network, formerly known as The Fastest Hour in Radio, launched late last month and is the newest addition to the Saturday lineup on RadioAlabama’s Yea!106.5 & WYEA!1290. During a four year stint in Birmingham, the original one-hour show was the idea of Steve West and Dustin Harmer.
Both alumni of The Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, West and Harmer teamed up for the show that aired Wednesday nights. Harmer would call in from Maryland and the two would discuss the racing news of the week. At the time, West hosted “The Steve West Show” weeknights on 101.1 WYDE. After several successful shows together, the two launched the The Fastest Hour in Radio and continued to add additional content including racing series such as IndyCar, Formula 1 and Formula E, before extending to a two hour show in 2015.
John Myers joined the show as the full time producer as the show gained popularity which grew to cover NHRA and local dirt and drag racing action. In 2016, Matt Nicholson joined the show providing extensive driver insight. Nicholson is heavily involved in dirt track racing piloting his Limited Late Model dirt car around at tracks throughout the south. With the launch of the Championship Racing Network on RadioAlabama, the team added Nicole Demond as Director of Public Affairs and Promotions for local and regional community engagement and events.
Earlier this year, Championship Racing Network teamed up to support a great friend of the show, Joey Gattina. The Pelham, Ala. native and NASCAR driver’s organization Racing For Awareness brings awareness to suicide and spreads the word about suicide prevention. Gattina and Racing for Awareness partnered up with another group, Mission 22, which helps fight the loss veteran suicide. Twenty-two commit suicide each day.
For fans of The Fastest Hour in Radio, Championship Racing Network will sound very familiar. It is the same information and content in a brand new, multi-media presentation. Join the Championship Racing Network live every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on RadioAlabama’s Yea!106.5 & WYEA!1290. You can listen on air, online at wyea.net, through the Yea!106.5 app, or live stream the show via Facebook Live on the Championship Racing Network Facebook page.
The Drivers & Pit Crew
Steve West (Co-Host)
Steve West is a 30-year radio veteran who has worked at stations in Arab, Ala., Harrisonburg and Winchester, Va., and for the past 20 years in Birmingham. During his radio career, West has worked in various formats including oldies, rock, Top 40, country, news and sports talk. He has been interested in racing most of his life dating back to his elementary school days when he played with a number 88 Matchbox car. Since then he been a Darrell Waltrip and Tony Stewart fan. West began The Fastest Hour in Radio in Birmingham in 2011.
Dustin Harmer (Co-Host)
Dustin Harmer is a native of Maryland and a 1998 graduate of North East High School in Cecil Co. Maryland. As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps (1999-2004) Harmer served one tour in Iraq in 2003 before leaving the military in 2004. After military service, he graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in Parkville, Md. in 2010 with a major in news and sports. He moved to Alabama in 2013 to start his career in broadcasting. Harmer worked as a producer for a cluster of stations (101.1 WYDE, 92.5 WXJC and 93.7 WDJC) in Birmingham where he teamed up with Steve West to start The Fastest Hour in Radio on 101.1 WYDE. He now resides in Sylacauga, Ala., working as the Production Manager for RadioAlabama (Yea!106.5 & WYEA!1290, 98.3 Fox FM, 105.1 WRFS and 96.3 & 1050 WLMA). Harmer also works as a Public Address Announcer for Talladega Superspeedway. Dustin has a 13-year-old son, Nicholas, and is a history buff with a focus on the U.S. Civil War. His favorite drivers include Davey Allison, Ron Hornaday Jr., Kevin Harvick and Charlie Kimball.
Matt Nicholson (Co-Host)
Matt Nicholson hails from Oxford, Ala. As a lifelong resident of Childersburg, Ala., his love for motorsports began at an early age. He attended his first race at Talladega in 1989 and has not missed an event at the Superspeedway since. With a dream of racing on his own, Matt began a dirt team of his own with his dad, Rick, at age 22. This year marks his tenth season behind the wheel, amassing 28 race wins and a 2009 track championship at Shelby Co. Speedway. In Jan. 2017, he began working in radio with Steve, Dustin, and John sharing his love for motorsports. Matt is a fan of Stewart Haas Racing and Ganassi Racing in NASCAR.
John Myers (Producer)
John Myers began his radio career in 1988 at the heritage country station WSIG in his home town of Mt. Jackson, Va. His love for radio encapsulates his enjoyment for classical, country, and rock. Myers worked for many stations throughout the Shenandoah Valley before moving to Birmingham in 1998 working with the likes of Patti & Dollar Bill at WZZK/WODL. Most recently, he produced shows for WYDE in Birmingham. His hobbies include wood working, NASCAR, and NFL Football (Go Raiders!) Myers currently pulls for Martin Truex Jr. & Kevin Harvick. His favorite NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart, retired last year.
Nicole Demond (Public Relations and Promotions)
Nicole Demond is a Maryland native and a 1998 graduate of North East High School in North East, Md. Demond is a mother of three, a former firefighter, and has a background in business management. She has modeled has experience with makeup and special effects. She is an avid sports fan of teams out of Philadelphia. Demond enjoys and has participated in drag racing. Her favorite driver is Tony Stewart.
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