Indianapolis, May 28 — Not only will the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have the greatest band in history play before the start of the race, but radio fans west of the Rockies will be able to hear this great aggregation prepare the fans for the starting of the 10th annual 500 mile race, on Tuesday May 30.
This band will consist of more than 40 separate bands massed into one organization of 1,000 pieces, which will parade the home stretch previous to the race and finish its parade in front of the pits. The band will march more than 10,000 feet. Promptly at 9:30, half an hour before the race, the band will start its march and the Hatfield Radio studio will broadcast its concert. This station has been heard in Cuba, where listeners have danced to its concerts, in Denver, and far away Nova Scotia.
T F Myers, secretary and general manager of the speedway, made the arrangements for the radio service at the suggestion of Carl G Fisher, president of the Indianapolis motor speedway, who also suggested the monster band. Bombs, signaling progress in preparations to start the battle between 32 drivers for the $100,000 prize money, will be fired at intervals from 9:45 a.m. until the final bomb at 10 o’clock. The radio will allow the fans in far away cities to hear the bombs and will also reproduce the start of the race, the cheering of the throngs as the cars get under way, while the popping of the exhausts of the racers will be easily heard hundreds of miles away from the track.
The Hatfield Radio studio will make special arrangements for the sending of the starting features and after the race is under way will then broadcast bulletins at half hour intervals telling of the progress of the race and important incidents. This service will be carried on throughout the day as even a record drive by the winner would not permit him to finish much before 4 o’clock. Following the finish of the race a complete review of the event and the 10 prize winners will be broadcasted.
This is the first time that an automobile race has been transmitted by radiophone, the first time that the noise of the start of a 500 mile race has ever been audible for hundreds of miles from the track, and the first time that any radiophone fan has ever heard a band of 1,000 pieces give a concert.