On this edition of the Awful Announcing podcast, host Ben Heisler talked with Fox Sports reporter Shannon Spake about Fox’s new NASCAR studio, the Daytona 500, sports gambling, and a whole lot more.


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Here’s the full rundown of the subjects covered.

  • 4:05 – Her love for the Howard Stern show
  • 7:40 – Was being on the Stern “Wrap Up” show her most exciting moment as an interviewee
  • 8:45 – Growing up with scoliosis and back surgery to now training for Iron Mans and running marathons
  • 13:20 – Connecting with athletes due to their shared experiences
  • 14:45 – When she went “all in” in broadcasting
  • 18:50 – On sacrificing time with family for the job, and her kids being super excited about her role in Cars 3
  • 20:00 – What was the first NASCAR event she ever attended, even before covering it professionally
  • 22:10 – Who were early influences or helpful coworkers in the industry covering NASCAR
  • 24:20 – What does she see as the biggest storylines throughout Daytona 500 week?
  • 26:50 – Their brand new studio and is it difficult to not make the studio the new “star of the show?”
  • 29:03 – Will FOX mention or reference sports wagering or gambling ahead of their coverage
  • 31:00 – Predictions for the race

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About Joe Lucia

I'm the managing editor of Awful Announcing and the news editor of The Comeback. I also made The Outside Corner a thing for six seasons.