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Old 09-29-2006, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default Does R/C racing really belong on TV?

I hear from the R/C community all the time, how cool it would be to have R/C on TV. We have R/C super stars that we all look up to, so it might be cool for all of the R/C geeks to see them on TV. But, does anyone else really care? Does Mike Blackstock get asked for his autograph every time he goes out for dinner? Are there enough R/C fans in the world to warrent it's on TV? Or should the exposure be a less lofty goal and be on web based properties like Youtube or Google Video?

Me, personally, I don't think R/C races are entertaining enough to earn a spot on TV. If you have driven an R/C car, then you may be able to respect what the A mainers are doing. If not, it just looks like a bunch of guys who never grew up, playing with some fast toy cars. I'd rather see the amature SCCA road racing that I do get on TV first. I'm all over the Valvoline Run-Offs that get televised each November on Speed, but crave more on TV. So, I guess I may be more of an SCCA geek than an R/C geek.

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Old 09-29-2006, 10:03 AM   #2
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:06 AM   #3
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shame on you!

the same can be said for bowling, billiards, poker, or any regular network programming for that matter. it's interesting to some and not others.

No, R/C shouldn't get primetime or anything, but there is a place for us on tv somewhere at sometime.


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I say yes and no. Depends on the event. The Worlds, Reedy. Also, depends on the size of the track. Some tracks where events are held are SMALL. I myself get bored looking at a race where as soon as the cars get up to speed there is a turn. But for races on larger tracks, things get interesting. That being said, it must be a sizable event complete with pit interviews and set-up showings. Just broadcasting the races would be blah blah blah after the second commercial break.
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Me, personally, I don't think R/C races are entertaining enough to earn a spot on TV.
Your thoughts?

There's a market for TELEVISED FISHING, so your argument doesn't stand!
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:27 AM   #6
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There's a market for TELEVISED FISHING, so your argument doesn't stand!
Sure my argument stands. Fishing shows do an average of a 0.7 household rating. That equates to 756,000 people watching a stupid fishing show on a Sunday morning in their underwear (108 million TV households x 0.7% = 756,000). The fishing business generate revenues of more than 10 times the R/C industry. Fishing is a far bigger market than R/C.

Is it realistic that there are 750,000 R/C geeks available to watch TV at one time? As much as I don't understand the appeal of watching a hunting or fishing show, there is a large number of people out there who do. And, they buy $40,000 truck, own a home, sometime a boat and thousands in fishing gear.

I'm just not sure R/C race coverage belongs on TV. Help me out here.
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:32 AM   #7
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You would have to say that with the number of tv stations currently available that there would be space somewhere for a half hour per week or month to show the main events. Even if it was late at night.
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What the ? Why not RC on TV? With toyota entering NASCAR, I won't be watching that, so why not RC? Maybe lawnmower racing?
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Us canadians are going to have a Rc TV show coming soon.

Anything and everything belongs on tv..
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Us canadians are going to have a Rc TV show coming soon.

Anything and everything belongs on tv..
Amen my Canadian friend!!!!
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I think it could work several ways.

As just a show covering races, that might not be enough. I would love to see that though...

There might be something there as a limited "reality" series, following a dozen racers in several classes or all from 1 class, as they race locally, regionally, and nationally, etc... There would need to be some controversy thrown in there to keep it interesting to the non-rc fan. But there usually is anyway.

I know some "reality tv" shows can be incredibly lame, however, I think it could be a pretty good show. Problem is, what network/company would be willing to pay to make the series? Good luck That would not be cheap and would require a lot of travel. It would also take months to shoot which adds to the cost. So I really don't think there is any way that would happen, unless you can get a production team from within the sport itself.

That leads to another possibility. If the entire production could happen within the sport, with their own equipment and post production, you would have a product "ready" for broadcast.

I bet RC Racing could get an episode of "MTV, Real Life" or whatever that show is called...
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OH CANADA, OH CANADA
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Is it realistic that there are 750,000 R/C geeks available to watch TV at one time?
I'm curious how many people watched the IIC live on the internet???
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Us canadians are going to have a Rc TV show coming soon.

Anything and everything belongs on tv..
Oh.. and all of the best TV shows are coming from Canada this season.
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I think some of the sports that are on TV (darts, bowling, etc) are ones that a large majority of people can relate to, and people do in their spare times. And those sports probably can attract sponsors which decides if they go on TV or not. It would be great though to see 'us' on some cable more.
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