High Octane Race Talk

Mondays (May–September) 6–8PM

Tom Lang was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he still lives. He has been a fan of auto racing and rock n’ roll since the late 1960s. His first media venture was with Don Gamble’s “Rappin on Racin’,” when Gamble arranged for Tom to have press credentials at the 1989 US Nationals at Indianapolis. Tom also wrote a column for “Racing’s Almost Perfect Magazine” and “RPM Racing News”. Throughout the 1990s, he was a crew member/crew chief on several cars in the Top Alcohol Dragster, Competition Eliminator, and Pro Stock Truck classes, competing nationally in the NHRA competition. Those teams won six division championships and finished in the Top Ten in the nation on seven occasions. In 2005, Tom joined Dave Hanahan, Jim Pollock, and Gene Habbyshaw for the “Trackside” show live from Quaker Steak and Lube in Sharon. A year later, the show became “High Octane Race Talk”. Tom says the best parts of “High Octane Race Talk” are the focus on local racers and the fact that the show is on a rock ‘n roll station–“two of my favorite things in life in one place.”

Jim Pollock is a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School in Ohio and Sharon Broadcast Training. He worked at WPIC-FM in Sharon, and has been announcing races and demo derbies for over 40 years. Jim got his start in 1971 at Expo Speedway at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds, then at Sharon Speedway from 1972-1975, and returned in 1983 to present day. He has also announced at Raceway 7, Tri City Speedway, Mercer Raceway, Hickory Speedway, the Crawford County Fairgrounds, Jackson International Speedway (in Jackson, Mississippi). Jim says he considers racing a hobby after working a 45-hour a week full time job.

Hosts (from top, left to right): Tom Lang, and Jim Pollock