Ken Squier
Track Owner/Announcer
Class of 2002

The voice of Ken Squier has been easily recognized, for the last 50 years, by a few thousand fans at the high banks of Vermont's Thunder Road, or a few million listening to the "Great American Race" from the high banks of the Daytona Speedway. Squier started out as an announcer at Mallets Bay and the Northeastern Speedway in the 1950s, before opening Thunder Road, the Barre Vt. ¼ mile oval, which he still owns, in 1960.

Longtime NASCAR NORTH competitor Stub Fadden put it best. "In 1960, we had been helping a guy named Leland Ingerson. Well, opening day at Thunder Road, my wife Charlotte and I listened to the race on WDEV (Squier's radio station in Waterbury, VT). Ken made the race sound exciting and I had to get involved. I wouldn't even want to estimate the number of people that Ken Squier has introduced to auto racing myself included".

Ken is one of the founders of World Sports Enterprises and the Motor Racing Network, where he served as announcer and play by play commentator. Fellow television personality Dick Berggren admires Squier. "When you look at today's television reporters, myself, Mike Joy, Jack Arute", says Berggren, "Ken has been a role model for each and every one of us. He's my hero".

Squier has been with CBS Sports for over 25 years. It was there that he announced the first live flag to flag coverage of the Daytona 500 in 1979. He has received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Edited Sport Series and Outstanding National Sports Broadcaster.

Today, we welcome Ken into the NEAR Hall of Fame.