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July 21st, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Paul’s Network Events

Indianapolis 500 on Radio or TV networks since 1974
IndyCar in all its iterations since 1974
USAC, CART, IndyCar, IRL,
Americas Cup and other sail racing
Formula 1
NHRA
NHRA Essayist
F1 Motorcycles
World Rally Championship
Snowcross
Supercross
MotoGP
Super Moto
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
Sumo Wrestling Tokyo
Martial Arts
Olympic Weight lifting
Fencing, Olympic
1980 Olympic Games Moscow
1988 Calgary Winter Olympics
College Football
World Water Ski Championship
Rubik’s Cube World Championship Budapest
Wrist-wrestling
The One Lap of America
Winter X Games
Snowcross, Hillcross, Modified Snow Shovel, Essayists.
X Games
Street Luge, Inline Skating, RallyCross, MotoX, SuperMoto

Networks: CBS, NBC, ABC, CBC, ESPN (All Networks), TSN, Global, CBS Sports Channel.

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July 21st, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Page Productions can work for you.

Page Productions Inc. was established in 1979 to serve the auto racing industry. The company’s goal was to support the rapidly expanding arena of television’s coverage of motorsports. Paul Page, company founder and namesake, aided ESPN when it first came on the air in 1979. Page Productions has always been on the leading edge of video development.

In 1980, Page Productions developed several groundbreaking artistic techniques for the Caesars Palace Grand Prix F-1. Page Productions developed the satellite fed Video News Release or VNR. This was the first use of this new technology that is commonplace today. For the same F-1 event, Page Productions pioneered the use of coordinated public address announcing with large screen, on site, video to enhance not only the event but give added value to the event sponsors with video segments.

At the same time Page Productions began developing satellite fed network radio programming. The radio production of the Caesars Palace Grand Prix was to open the door to the future of major motorsports radio coverage.

Page Productions packaged motorsports feature material to NBC, ABC, and ESPN. The special skills and equipment required to cover major motorsports events made Page Productions a natural choice of the big networks when they needed quality material delivered on time.

In 1983 Page Productions became the non-broadcast video partner of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) and the producer and packager of the Championship Radio Network featuring live event coverage of all CART events. By 1986 CART asked Page Productions to revamp and upgrade their annual awards banquet. The result was so successful that, thereafter, that awards banquet was broadcast by ESPN.

The company focused on television programs for network television over the next 20 years including; IndyCar World, IndyCar Racing, and the F-1 Snowmobile Series. The company was also a supplier of pre-packaged vignettes for ESPN’s SportsCenter, RPM Tonight, and NBC’s SportsWorld. In 1997 Page Productions divested its production facility side in favor of creative development and consulting.

In the 21st Century, Page Productions is still on the leading edge developing programming for direct satellite radio, and producing national advertising for motorsports. Our current efforts can be seen in the national television broadcasts of the American LeMans Series. Page Productions produced the series of Klein Tools commercials. Paul Page voiced the current Mark Martin Viagra spot running in NASCAR television events.

Paul is well known in racing circles as the premier motorsports announcer. His credits include play by play of the Indy 500, Formula 1, NASCAR, America’s Cup, and NHRA to name just a few. His wife and partner, Sally Larvick was the first woman pit reporter for the Indy 500 radio broadcast as well as races aired by NBC, ESPN and the CBC. Sally’s motorsports reporting also includes Grand Prix Formula 1 Motorcycles and Unlimited Hydroplanes.

So where is the future of motorsports coverage? Where you find Page Productions.

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July 21st, 2013 at 5:59 pm

TURBO

The movie is in theaters. I play an announcer. As the work was done almost a year ago and have never seen the full script you can’t imagine how I felt to watch it with my family and I OPEN THE MOVIE!
My grand daughter Abby age 5 loved it and cheered for Theo aka Turbo. My race engineer son Brian also liked it. He found some more adult tongue in cheek racing material woven in the story.
David Soren is the Director and he loves Indy and racing. You find that love in how careful the animators worked to detail the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I even saw my friends RV over on Georgetown Road in the aerial shots. OK one tiny issue, here in Indy the sun does not set in the North. Poetic license.
I was disappointed by one thing related to the movie. My home is Indianapolis and has been since 1964. I have many accomplishments here from my early radio days as a street reporter to my current life in network television and now Turbo my 3rd feature film. Two Indy publications ignored that they had a local in the film. The only local. The Indiana Business Journal did a full spread and not one local connection. But in May the Indianapolis Star writer Cathy Kightlinger ignored that I was the only local introduced at a private screening she covered. Local connections are the bread and butter of local news. OK then the movie was reviewed locally and again not a word. Not my ego really. I am proud of being from Indy and want my hometown to know when I represent them.

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July 21st, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Public Speaking Rate Card

Paul Page Public Speaking Rate Card

1- Out of Indianapolis metro area-
a. Standard Speech of Paul’s writing – $3,500 per day plus first class airfare, accommodations, meals, and reasonable expenses (i.e. tips, cabs etc.) Travel days can add $600.00/day depending on circumstance.
b. Reading a speech written by the client – $4,250.00 per day plus first class air fare, accommodations, meals, and reasonable expenses (i.e. tips, cabs etc.) Travel days can add $600.00/day depending on circumstance.
c. MC and Host work – $5,000.00 per day plus first class airfare, accommodations, meals, and reasonable expenses (i.e. tips, cabs etc.) Travel days can add $600.00 depending on circumstance.
2- In Indiana – $1,500.00 for the speech only plus expenses. “Speech only” means go give the speech and leave. It views Paul’s presence at the event as about 2 hours, otherwise the “out of Indianapolis” charges apply.
3- At an event site where Paul would normally be. If Paul must come in earlier than planned or leave later the actual expenses incurred would apply.
a. Standard Speech of Paul’s writing – $2,500.00
b. Reading a speech written by the client – $3,500.00
c. MC and Host work – $4,000.00
Book by contacting Paul at Paul@paulpage.TV.

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July 21st, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Superbike!!!

I will be working three AMA Superbike series for the next 3 events on CBS Sports Channel. It will be so good to get back to motorcycles. Not to show my age but I first covered the F1 Bikes when Kenny Roberts was King. I may even be answering the question is Edgar Jessop the hero of the Isle of Mann TT Races still around. I may even explain that here sometime.

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August 17th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Derek Daly

» by Paul in: Motor Sports

Derek Daly

He is every inch an Irishman. The red hair now touched with gray. His dancing eyes filled with Irish mirth. The leprechaun’s nose and chin. The Irish lilt still in his voice after years of international travel. Derek Daly is one of the most famous Irishmen alive and one of the best commentators and drivers I have ever known.

In the early years of CART Derek was assigned to work with me on ESPN. It was a heady time. CART was gaining popularity by leaps and bounds. The two of us were on the crest of that wave. But this was the middle of our relationship.

When Derek first moved from F1 to CART he was well aware of the power of the American Motorsports Press and sought to use it to his advantage. We needed stories and he was a good one. Derek came to racing the hard way. He still carries a photograph of his days as a gold miner trying to work his way up. He worked endlessly and was skillful. Derek was one of those drivers who never had the perfect chance. He accepted less than great cars because he felt strongly in his ability to drive them better that they set up. He took risks in the process. He knew exactly what he was doing every time he did. It is his way.

I first met him face to face at Phoenix international Raceway where we started the CART season. Outgoing and friendly I instantly liked him. I expected him to be a little aloof and superior because he came from F1. I have always been disappointed by F1 drivers. They were all reported to be aloof and arrogant. Not one lived up to the superior attitude billing. Jimmy Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Jochen Rindt, Peter Revson, Graham McRae, David Hobbs, Martin Brundle, the list goes on and on and I’ve interviewed them all, worked with some and been close friends with some. To a one they were wonderful men first, then racers, then champions. Derek was no exception. He took an interest in you.

At the time we were first getting together he was driving and I was trying to learn to fly an ultra lite I bought from Rick Mears. Derek who was apparently good at it would laugh at my attempts to fulfill a plan I had to fly from my home on the north side of Indy to land on the backstretch at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was right to laugh. I never did it and sold the damn thing. He would kid with you but was never mean. He’d come by the house and we would laugh a lot.

Then came the horrible day at what was then called Michigan International Speedway. Derek crashed his Indycar. Michigan always frightened me even more that Indy. The terminal speeds there were awesome. Think of the accidents there. Merle Bettenhausen lost his arm there, Chip Ganassi and Al Unser Jr crashed coming off two in something we were sure was horrible but the were OK. Pancho Carter did flips down the backstretch. But Derek’s wreck had personality all its own. You knew he shattered his legs. You could see it and almost feel it.

Derek, like so many others, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. There was a lot of surgery. Like with Rick Mears, there were weeks of sheet time. I would go by in the evening when his visitors were gone. Sometimes he would talk but more often I would just sit there. He looked so frail. I would say a prayer every night for him. Having had similar breaks I knew the pain he felt and the confusion from the drugs. First it was whether or not he would live of be poisoned by the results of such horrible breaks. Then it was would he keep his legs or ever walk. You can’t stop that Irishman even with me praying for him which I’m sure didn’t help. Now you must look very hard to find even a hint of that injury. He recovered in a day before the orthopedic miracles of this age.

Our friendship grew and about a year after his accident he helped me like no other man has done since. My daughter, Marlo, was a Brownie scout. There was a square dance that I couldn’t attend because of work. Derek stepped forward. Despite his pain and breaks he took my little girl as her date to the Daddy / Daughter Dance. If you’re a parent you will understand how important that was.

When we started working together at ESPN it was a natural fit. We were friends at a race and I think that came across to the viewer. Derek took his role seriously and began offering ideas to make the coverage better. He made the producer change the way we covered from the traditional way of posting drivers speeds to posting times on road circuits. We never thought about because we were more oval oriented. He asked the producer why we showed 8 positions on the screen when reporting points. “Because 8 names looked the best” was the answer. Not right argued Derek the top ten are what counts. He made us all rethink the way we did it.

Every now and his injuries would come back to haunt him. At the season closing race at Laguna Seca one year he suddenly started having horrible back spasms. He couldn’t move. Sweat poured off him and he grimaced as he fought the pain. He loaded him on a golf cart and drove him from the TV compound down to the medical coach. I rode next to him on the back and the crowd quieted as we passed. The fans saw his pain. Thank goodness for the CART medical team. After some serious work they had him up and walking. By air time he was ready to go. I would look over from time to time and could see he hurt but he wasn’t about to give up.

We worked a show for the Prime Network at the Indy 500. Each day after practice the producers would go to work a a half hour show that would air at 11PM. The producer had never done a live show and was afraid of going on at 11. He also didn’t want to just tape it early. His solution was to piece each segment together piece by piece. Every night Derek and I would sit in a studio under the old Indy Terrace under the hot lights for 4 hours to piece this half hour show together. It was hard by Derek picked up on everything. It was how he learned TV and he never complained.

We had planned a series for ESPN and then over the counter sale in which Derek would  drive and evaluate cars. F1, CART, whatever, he would drive and we would have great shots and unprecedented audio. We had thought up “Top Gear” long before the BBC.  But our schedules got mixed up and it never got done.

Derek and I talk occasionally now but we rarely see each other. It’s my loss. I thought for a while we would get back together in the closing years at CART. The deal was all set for us to work together. Derek told the producer he wanted to work with me again but the deal fell through at the last minute. Derek now spends a great deal of time teaching his son, Connor, his arts as a racer. He gives motivational speeches and of course is a great TV commentator.  Like racing, TV still hasn’t given him the best tools to use but he still makes everyone he works with look better. He was at his peak when F1 had the tire issues at the USGP at Indy. He was all over the story while the producers still didn’t accept that many would pull out. He knows his subject and gets it on the air. He’s one of the best.

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August 17th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Long time

He everyone. This web site turned into a monster. Well it is fixed now (I hope) and so you should see some new material here.

It is time for the “Big Go”. The U S Nationals. ESPN has plenty of coverage planned so don’t miss any of it the Labor Day weekend.

In a week I will get my 33rd Degree of Masonry. It is still hard to believe. I am told the ceremony in Philadelphia will be very emotional. I wonder when we get the secrets answered. When it is over I should know who really killed Kennedy, what is at Roswell, and where Obama was born along with all the great secrets of history.

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January 26th, 2010 at 11:34 am

Getting Face Time

» by Paul in: Motor Sports

USA Today had a nice mention of me in the Sports on TV Column doing X Games this weekend. I thought it was even better that my old friend Don Ohlmeyer was mentioned in the same column. Don was my director for years in CART and at the Indy 500. It was Don and I that put the “Delta Force” openings together.

There are several new links on the blog now.Here is part of one of them. Or you can click on the link and read it all.

“I grew up watching Paul Page commentating on IndyCar broadcasts. Page’s unique voice has a way of making IndyCar seem exciting and meaningful; he is perhaps the only contemporary motor sport commentator in the United States who can be considered an equivalent to the legendary Murray Walker.

It is absolutely tragic that he no longer works on the IndyCar shows. However, there is good news for fans of Paul Page: he will be contributing to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s radio broadcast on race day.

I have embedded a video of Paul Page’s Indianapolis 500 “Delta Force” intro from 1992. Every year from 1988 to 1998, he would make one of these breathtaking works of art to kick off the broadcast, always with the exciting theme from the Delta Force soundtrack, always with his near poetic narration.

How times have changed since 1992. The Indianapolis 500 of today is an embarrassment to its great history and to all the competitors who went there to prove that their race car was the fastest ever seen on the track, and that their drivers were brave enough to venture into unknown speeds.

2 comments:

jack said…

hello matei’m 15 years old and i live in england and i think paul page is easily comparable to murray walker, like murray he has his own unique way of describing it how it is.

hear hear, the indy 500 is a joke yes, i think tony george is too stuck up his own a hole to notice that it’s not as popular anymore, i mean you never the excitement of the little al, scott goodyear dual of 1992 do you?

plus have you seen there commentators!! complete joke

w.b
all the best mate
jack sims

Free Driving Games said…

I’ve got to agree with young Jack. Paul Page is the man. I’m not going to go so far as to say the I 500 is a joke, it’s an American icon, like baseball and Budweiser. I have been enjoying the F1 races at indy though, that’s a whole different ball game.”
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October 4th, 2009 at 11:40 am

On the Road

» by Paul in: Archives

Sorry it has been so long since I have been on the blog. Right after the Indy 500 things got busy. NHRA’s schedule was full. Joey Chestnut ate more hot dogs than a human should. My ESPN bosses were working out a blog policy. The board idiots at my condo think  they are superior to the U S Constitution. Other than that……

Then came August and a major shock.  I was nominated to the 33rd Degree of Freemasonry! Talk about out of the blue. I never would have guessed I was up for this singular honor.

Today I am sitting with Mike Dunn in our “cave” (the back of a semi) we use as a booth for the ESPN2 NHRA shows. It is pouring rain here in Memphis. So our producer Eric is on the phone to ESPN trying to figure out what we will put on the air if it keeps raining. All of the announcers are here Dave Reiff, Gary Gerould, and John Kernan. Stat Guy is across the table working away on new, way out, stats.

Next week it is off to Richmond Va. 4 weeks in a row of drag racing. The poor teams are tired.

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May 25th, 2009 at 9:20 am

It took 3 and a half rows to equal 1 TF engine

» by Paul in: Archives

While I can intellectually deal with this fact it still staggers me. It takes at least 8 IndyCars to equal the power of a single TF dragster. I wonder what it would sound like to put our NHRA 16 cars on the strip and warm them up all at the same time. Maybe some day.

It was fun to see so many drag racers at the 500. Spencer Massey, The Snake, Lee Beard to name a few were all on the track before the start. Chip Ganassi and I talked about how cool he thinks the NHRA is and gave a hint he may want a team. Humpy Wheeler, the former president at Lowes motor speedway, is still concerned that a drag strip was built across from the oval. He says you can’t make money. I gave him the phone numbers at Brainerd and Gainsville. I was disappointed that Mike Fluger, who works with Robb Flynn and Brandon Bernstiens car didn’t get an Indy gig. The IndyCar guys call him Nitro Mike and he often helps as a pickup over the wall crew member.

Topeka NEXT!!!!!! The only state capitol without a commercial airport. No matter the drive from KC is about an hour and beautiful. With a week off the NHRA gang will have retooled and look ahead to a pretty rough run of tight scheduling; Topeka, Chicago, Englishtown then the Westren Swing. Summer fun in the sun with the fastest accelerating cars on earth.

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