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Pictures – Worth a Thousand Words: Behind the Scenes – Behind the Microphone! April 1, 2009

Posted by claireblang in 2009 Season, Items of Interest, Listeners, Mail.
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I always enjoy getting notes at insidercbl [at] aol [dot] com about where folks are listening to “Dialed In” on Sirius NASCAR Radio. You all probably don’t know how much I enjoy knowing who I am talking to coast to coast. That’s why I reply to emails and enjoy hearing what driver you follow and how you got into this sport. Every day, just before I flip on the microphone in my studio at home or in the media center at the race track and tell the story of the day, I envision who is out there in my mind. It’s strange, but I have never been nervous in front of a microphone because while I am scrunched up in my chair in the studio room in the front of my house in front of the big picture window, or looking down over a race track late at night on the air live – I never feel alone. I feel as though my neighbors and friends are the people out there listening coast to coast. I like having a close up conversation with all of you – even if you are too shy to call in.

I have never called into a radio station — unless I was calling in an official report. I would have been to darn shy to do that before I was in radio. So I am well aware that there’s a vast group of people who listen but remain unidentified. So, late at night, I sort of envision in my mind who is out there so that I see a huge group of people in my mind before I flip the switch and go live.

I decided, along with my broadcast schedule, I will be posting some more photos for the blog. The photos I will post today include: My trip to Jelloville, Susie the Queen of Jelloville, surprising Gloria (a listener who I just met at Bristol) with a scale model of the race track for her birthday, getting “arrested” by NASCAR officials at the Jail and Bail Fundraiser, posing for Pit Road Pets with “Rosie”, para sailing over Lake Lloyd over Daytona near the Blimp, interviewing David Pearson and Leonard Wood at Atlanta Motor Speedway a couple of weeks ago and more. Click on the photos and check them out.

Here’s my broadcast schedule for the weekend (SIRIUS NASCAR Radio Channel 128 and “Best of SIRIUS on XM Channel 128:

“Dialed In” – Wednesday, April 1, 2009 – 7-10 p.m. EST
“Dialed In” – Thursday, April 2, 2009 – 7-10 p.m. EST (LIVE from Texas Motor Speedway)
“Dialed In” – Friday April 3, 2009 – 7-10 p.m. EST (LIVE from Texas Motor Speedway)
“Dialed In” – Saturday April 4,2009 2-2:30 pm. EST (LIVE from Texas Motor Speedway) Pre Race for the Nationwide Race
“Dialed In” – Saturday, April 4, 2009 – After the Nationwide race until 7:00 p.m. EST
PRE RACE – Sunday April 5, 2009 – 10 a.m. EST – Noon
POST RACE – CBL in Victory Lane
“Dialed In” Post Race – after the Post Race until 10 p.m. EST.

Jason (Dialed In listeners prayed for his recovery) Update

Remember Gabe the “Dialed In” listener who wrote about Jason the racing buddy he met at the track and became friends with? Jason fell at work off a railroad bridge and was not expected to come out of the coma he was in. Gabe contacted me and asked for my listeners to pray for his friend. With all your prayers we had a miracle and Jason recovered – which was not even expected by doctors. Well the good news is that I got photos and a nice note from Gabe that Jason was able to visit the races at Bristol and Martinsville for a short time. Since he was still recovering they didn’t tell anyone they were coming yet but Gabe got to see his friend again for the first time. You can check out the photos on this site which I just posted. Everyone should have a friend like Gabe who, when the chips were down, wrote a broadcaster who he didn’t even know asking for her to solicit prayers for his friend. The story still amazes me. Below is Gabe’s recent note:

Hey Claire,

Its been a while and I have been meaning to write to you to update you on the latest with Jason, but with trying to get ready for a new baby its starting to get hectic.

Well on to the good news, Jason and Tara was able to attend the Atlanta race, Tara said Jason’s head was hurting however he didn’t want to leave because Gordon was doing so well.

This past week I was fortunate enough to get to go and spend some time with both Jason and Tara at the Nationwide race. We got to watch Happy Hour and he made sure to let me know that the 24 was higher on the scoring tower than the 88. However, Jason got to feeling bad and wasn’t able to make it to the start of the Nationwide race and also was still ill on Sunday and missed the Cup race. But it was definitely a true blessing from God to be at the track sitting and enjoying being there with my dear friends.

Its only been 6 months and in one way it seems like a long 6 months,but on the other hand its been a short 6 months seeing the major steps that Jason has taken. None of this would have been possible without the dear Lord. All of the millions of prayers that went out for Jason back in November and still today are being heard and answered one by one.

I just wanted to email you and let you know that another of my prayers was answered to be at the track with Jason, enjoying one of the things that we both love doing most in life.

And one other good bit of news was that Jason has been accepted to rehab closer to home in Johnson City TN. Now he will be able to be in the company of his many friends and see that they support and stand by him all the way. The dear lord is still answering everyone’s prayers. He still has a long road ahead of him but with the prayers that are still going up for him I know that the lord will guide him the rest of the way.
I am attaching a few pictures of Jason and Tara at the Atlanta Race, and A picture of us three at the Nationwide race in Bristol.
I just wanted to say Thank you again for getting word out about this situation and for all of you support during this time. You have truly been a blessing sent from heaven.


Isn’t life amazing! How about a racing friend who has traded barbs on your driver and met you at a race track -becoming the friend who stands by you and is so happy that you are back talking racin’ again. You gotta love the fans of this sport.

Gabe – thanks for the note. Jason – we’re still pulling for you buddy.

As always, see you on the radio!

Enjoy the day!

Claire B

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Jason Needs Prayers November 5, 2008

Posted by claireblang in Help Out, Listeners, Mail, NASCAR.
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Claire B. Blog
November 5, 2008
Charlotte, NC Studio

Sometimes something so powerful hits you from a race fan that it literally stops you in your tracks. That happened to me this week when I got an email from a listener about a friend of his that he met at a race track. I get a lot of emails but this one truly made a mark on me. Here’s the first email:

email 11/4/08


I’m having a hard time trying to write this email but I am needing to ask the NASCAR nation a favor. One of my dear friends, Jason Deel, who is a die hard Jeff Gordon fan is in very critical condition after hitting his head and falling 20 ft from a railroad bridge while at work. He has no injuries from the fall, it all stems from him hitting his head before the fall. He is currently in the hospital in Ohio and hasn’t been awake since the accident on Thursday. I met him at the race track through one of my good friends, whom he is now dating. We have became really good friends and share a love of NASCAR. He is a Gordon fan and I am a Jr fan so we are always giving each other a hard time about the race. This weekend was the first time in my life that I was pulling for Gordon to win the race to maybe help pull Jason through this. I didn’t think it was going to happen then at the end of the race there was Gordon finishing second. I immediately texted his girl friend to have her tell him he finished 2nd as I know he would have been very excited. And it was hard not getting that text ragging me about how Jr ran out of gas.

If there is some way you can pass this along to the NASCAR nation and have them pray that he will recover from this and one day be able to attend another race and cheer his favorite driver on I would greatly appreciate it. I got a call this morning and it wasn’t the best of news but I will not give up on him and know he will put thought this situation. I know that everyone in Nascar nation is a huge family no matter who you root for and I would greatly appreciate all the prayers for Jason and his family.

Thank you all!

Gabe Calton

After receiving the email (above) I tracked Gabe down and read his email on the air. He came on the air with me and told the story of meeting his friend Jason at the race track and the many hours of good fun they had ribbing each other about their drivers over the past years. Quickly, the instant messages and emails started coming in – people were listening and they were praying.

Today, I received another email from Gabe with a picture of his friend Jason Deel – who is fighting for his life.

Jason Needs Prayers

email 11/5/08

Claire B,

I just wanted to take the time to thank you so much for allowing me to ask the Nascar Nation for their prayers for Jason Deel. That was a hard thing to do and I could talk days about him. I was just trying to keep my composure. It meant the world to me and I have passed on to his Girlfriend Tara that all of Nascar nation is praying for him to pull through this. Its been rough no doubt, I found out later that they are saying he may never awaken but I still stand firm on my statement that he will pull through this with the help of God and I thank you for allowing me to get the word out.

I am attaching a picture of Jason and I at Bristol this spring standing at the pit gate watching the drivers coming in. I’m sure you can tell which on is Jason by his Jeff Gordon gear. The smile you see on his face is a smile that was always on his face. When around him you where always smiling.

I will keep everyone that is interested updated and I appreciate everything you have done for him, and his family and friends.


Like I said – some days I’ll get an email that just stops me in my tracks. To have a friend like Gabe – someone who you met via racing – and someone who refuses to give up on you and to have listeners who would stop and pray for someone they don’t even know. It’s powerful.

Thanks to the listeners who passed a prayer on for Jason. Jason is pictured below (in the Gordon gear) next to his friend Gabe

It means a lot.

Enjoy the day – take nothing for granted. Never give up.

Claire B

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Great Listener Emails… September 21, 2008

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Hey all! Check out are some of my recent emails. They are good.
Claire B.