Derby time machine: radio broadcasts through the decades

by | 01.30.2013 | 12:58pm

Racing history buffs, find a good set of earbuds and get comfortable–the racing history blog Colin's Ghost unearthed clips of Kentucky Derby radio broadcasts last week which date as far back as 1936. Among the favorite calls for Colin's Ghost authors are the 1936 call, for which the blog also links to some pre- and post-race radio coverage and the 1953 Native Dancer call.

“There is one thing that will create as much disagreement as a 'hoss' race, and that is the merit of 'hoss' race broadcast,” wrote Turf and Sport columnist Jim Loftus in 1935. “After the 'airing' of a big race you always find the radio bugs split sharply into two camps. The broadcast was splendid, or it was lousy.”

Take a listen to radio race calls from your favorite Derbies from 1936 to 2005.

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