Wire Copy…A Former Mainstay of American Media

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s Note: I am on Vacation until August, so I have prepared some Friday Features in advance.

The nature of racing media has changed. Traditional media is still present, but there are so many new ways of delivering the news, that it seems that changes happen almost every race. One thing that isn’t as previalnt anymore is wire copy. Wire copy is news sent via wire to news rooms. The news room will then take the wire copy, and edit it for broadcast. The old AP wire system would send news on everything from politics to sports. With newer technology comes better ways to transmit news.

The 1988 12 Hours of Sebring was rather uneventful. Klaus Ludwig and Hans-Joachim Stuck won the race driving over 1,300 miles in a Porsche 962 for Bayside Disposal Racing. There were some other events, both at the track, and in the news, with the murder of Mickey Thompson and his wife orchestrated by business partner Michael Frank Goodwin. These are some wire notes from throughout the weekend. They are incomplete, and show heavy wear. Next week, I revisit a classic article.

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