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Hall of Fame

 

It's been an honor interviewing grass roots racers and well-known motosports stars since 1985. We have evolved into a destination for grassroots motorsports racers and will continue to give them their time to shine!

Hundreds of famous and not-so-famous racers have been guests on our show. We've had the fortune of having several NASCAR and IndyCar Series drivers at our program, including mutiple visits with Jimmie Johnson, who lived in Milwaukee in his formative ASA National Tour days, while learning from the ultra-talented Howie Lettow. We've enjoyed talking to Mario Andretti as much as we enjoy interviewing 5 year-old kart racers.

This page is dedicated to the founding members of The Racing Round Up Show, and as a tribute to the many, many guests we've had on our show over the years.

It's been a great ride with all the dedicated supporters and hardcore race fans that continue to support our show! There is no way possible to thank everyone who's made this show special, dating back to the early in-studio days.

If YOU have a special memory you'd like to write down and send to us in an email, we would like to share it with our loyal listeners! Send it to our email address: racingroundup@gmail.com, please put MEMORY in the subject line of your email.

 

I remember Arie Luyendyk winning the 1990 Indy 500 and was a guest the next week at Racing Round Up! That was really cool!
- J. Aaron

The singing with Joey's Karaoke machine after the show at Monreal's was tons of fun. Good times!
- D. Czarnyszka

1987 Slinger Nationals
1987 Slinger Nationals - (L to R) Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, co-host Todd Behling, Dale Earnhardt, co-host Darold Dobs, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Butch Miller
Slinger 87
Pictured to right of famous Slinger 87 image Original co-host Darold Dobs (R) with open wheel pranksters Stan Fox & Kevin Olson - what a pair!

 

The Racing Round Up Show was borne out of a discussion over a few adult beverages between Terry Jeffords, Darold Dobs and Dennis Czarnyszka in 1984. Terry had been involved for 20-plus years in broadcast sales, includingthe development of the 97 WLPX sponsorship of Alan Kulwicki, who became one of Terry's closest friends.

Terry approached WAUK-AM, the Milwaukee MRN affiliate about The Racing Round Up Show, and in April, 1985, the show launched with Darold and Dennis - both radio novices but diehard race fanatics - as co-hosts.

For the 1987 season, Terry, ever-the-promoter, worked it out with Darold's long-time bowling proprietor friend Dick Richards to hold The Racing Round Up Show at Richards' Springdale Inn in Waukesha, in front of a live audience. Race cars were rolled right into the banquet hall, and the on-site team was bolstered by Terry's wife Joyce, his daughter Kelly Jeffords and all-around engineer Don Hunjadi, who built a studio in one of the hall closets close to the stage.

After the show went live in front of an audience, along came cub reporter Jim Tretow and veteran engineer Dave Schmalzer, who quickly increased their involvement. LTN Hour host Todd Behling was a co-host with Dobs for a stint, as well.

One of the highest highlights in show history occurred at the Springdale Inn in 1987, when the NASCAR stars competing in the Slinger Nationals ALL paid a visit to the show!



I think it's great your show is still going and that you interview local racers who get to thank their sponsors > and crew guys. Having the race cars at Paulie's < is cool, too.
- AK fan4life


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The show then moved to Monreal's El Matador Lounge, where Frank Monreal welcomed racers and race cars!

A watershed moment for The Racing Round Up Show was on April 5, 1993. It was the first show of the season, and the first program since the tragic April 1 passing of 1992 NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki. Led by Dobs, a tribute broadcast to honor Kulwicki played to a capacity crowd of Kulwicki's friends and mourners. There have been many special shows since, saluting the contributions and passing of Terry Jeffords, Darold Dobs and Joyce Jeffords, among others.

2009
David Hobbs, his son Greg and grandson Andrew joined host Jim Tretow in 2009
2010
Open wheel young guns (L to R) Jeff Wesell, pavement sprint car ace Jason Cox and Angell Park Speedway promoter Chris Wilke joined Jim Tretow in 2010

 

We've been fortunate for the last several years to carry on the tradition of America's longest-running weekly motorsports radio program held in front of a live audience at Paulie's Pub & Eatery, at 81st & Greenfield, right across from The Mile.

Join the racing crowd this season at Paulie's Pub & Eatery, or at one of our remote broadcasts! We look forward to seeing you and our motorsports friends at Paulie's and at short tracks near you!

Support local racing and our supporters! Until Monday night, Have At It Racers!

Our sincere thanks to Russ Lake Photos for images and longstanding support!