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RPM 2Night/RPM 2Day
RPM 2Night logo 2000-2003.jpg
GenreSports
News program
Directed byJohn Santagata (1999-2003)
StarringJohn Kernan
Kenny Mayne
Rece Davis
Whit Watson
Benny Parsons
Jerry Punch
Bill Weber
Robin Miller
Jon Beekhuis
Matt Yocum
Mike Massaro
Marlo Klain
Sally Larvick
Tom Higgins
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes (22 minutes plus commercials)
Production companyESPN
DistributorESPN, Inc.
Release
Original networkESPN2
Original releaseSeptember 3, 1995 (1995-09-03) –
November 16, 2003 (2003-11-16)
Chronology
Related showsTotally NASCAR and NASCAR Race Hub and NASCAR America
External links
Website

RPM 2Night is a former American nightly news program seen on ESPN2 that was devoted entirely to motorsports.

Contributors

Hosts Tenure
John Kernan Labor Day weekend in 1995 - November 16, 2003
Kenny Mayne Weekends, 1995 - August, 1997
Rece Davis Weekends, August 20, 1997 - 2000
Whit Watson Weekends, 2000 - August 2003
Analysts Tenure Series
Benny Parsons 1995 - 2000 NASCAR
Jerry Punch 1995 - 2003 NASCAR, CART, and IRL
Bill Weber 1995 - 2000 NASCAR
Robin Miller 2001 - 2003 CART and IRL
Jon Beekhuis 1995 - 2001 CART
Reporters Tenure Series
Bill Weber 1995 - 2000 NASCAR
Matt Yocum 1999 - 2000 NASCAR
Mike Massaro 2001 - 2003
Marlo Klain 1997 - 2003 CART and IRL
Sally Larvick 1996 IRL

Programming history

The program aired six nights a week (except Saturday) from Labor Day weekend 1995 to November 16, 2003.

On weekends where ESPN or ABC covered a Cup Series race, the weekend host would fill in on Fridays, and Mondays (if the race was postponed until then).

All forms of racing were included, whether it was the big-league racing of NASCAR, IndyCars, or Formula One, or the local Saturday night short tracks. "Eat My Dust," a Tuesday-night package of highlights of sprint cars and other vehicles racing on non-pavement tracks, was a cult favorite, along with the segment Open-Wheel Wednesday.

On Sunday mornings. a version titled RPM 2Day aired as a pre-race show before major events. During the month of May in 2002-2003, the daily coverage of the Indianapolis 500 practice was billed RPM 2Night at Indy.

The Monday through Friday versions of the show originated from ESPN Regional Television studios in Charlotte, NC, while the weekend versions originated from ESPN's main headquarters in Bristol, CT.

RPM2Night hit a major snag in 2001, when ESPN lost NASCAR rights in a consolidated TV package. Shortly after the sale of the rights, ESPN was told that it could only show NASCAR highlights on two programs: SportsCenter and ESPNEWS. From that point forward, RPM 2Night could only show still photographs from the weekly Winston Cup Series race. Furthermore, ESPN's reporters had their track credentials pulled. Interviews with drivers and other principals took place either at the track's parking lots or at nearby commuter airports.

Media reports of the time suggested that NASCAR imposed the new procedures to give a benefit to Fox Sports Net, which was launching a similar NASCAR-only show, Totally NASCAR, at the time. NASCAR officials denied this and claimed that they merely wanted to give ESPN an incentive to provide NASCAR more exposure on SportsCenter, which had a higher viewership.

RPM 2Night signed off for the last time on November 16, 2003 following its coverage of the 2003 Ford 400.

ESPN produces shows devoted to the NHRA and IndyCar Series that air on race days only. They can be said to be spin-offs of RPM 2Night.

See also

NASCAR Now- ESPN's NASCAR news and analysis show that began broadcasting in February 2007 and ended in June 2014.

This page was last edited on 29 March 2021, at 01:00
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