Manx Radio Extend Broadcast Rights to ‘Friendly Races’

Southern 100 Racing are pleased to confirm that Manx Radio will continue to be the Official Broadcast Partner for the Southern 100 International Road Races up to and including the 2030 event.

As Official Broadcast Partner, Manx Radio will also continue to broadcast the Pre-TT Classic Races live as part of the agreement.

In addition, the National Broadcaster will also provide live coverage of the Southern 100 Racing’s Annual Media Launch, which takes place in February.

After signing the contract, Club Chairman & Race Secretary, George Peach said: ‘The Club are incredibly pleased that we have been able to agree to continue Manx Radio’s superb coverage of our now two races held annually on the Colas Billown Course for another five years which takes and including 2030.

‘The  live coverage provided every year enhances everyone’s experience of the ‘friendly races,’ be they around the course watching or listening on their radios or these days on various apps not only here on the Island, but nowadays worldwide.’

Manx Radio has provided live commentaries for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races, Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, and Post-TT Road Race since 1964. In 2014, they became the official broadcast partner, marking their 50th anniversary. This year commemorates their 60th anniversary, celebrating six decades of broadcasting. Manx Radio and the Southern 100 team are excited to continue their broadcast partnership well into the future.

Chris Sully, Manx Radio’s Managing Director said: ‘The whole team at Manx Radio is so proud to be part of such a fabulous and unique event. The Southern 100 really does represent the best of what the Island is all about and it’s even more special in this, Manx Radio’s 60th anniversary year, that we renew our close relationship with the team from the friendly Races.’

When Manx Radio started in 1964, they broadcast the Southern 100 Races live with Jack Quayle as commentator at the start-finish. 1981 saw Peter Kneale take over the ‘mic’ on the Castletown        By-pass, with Maurice Mawdsley filling the hot seat in 1988, continuing up to 2016, handing over to Tim Glover in 2017 who now sits in what has been described as ‘the best commentary position in road racing’!

With live coverage secured for the next five years, 2025 will see Manx Radio celebrating a long association with the southside races, as the Southern 100 will celebrate its 70th anniversary.




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