Jun 14, 2019 02:04 PM EST


(Dundee, NY)  At the end of the 2018 race season at the Outlaw Speedway it was announced that famed broadcaster, Paul Szmal would be leaving the track to pursue other interests.  The search was then on to find a comparable replacement to work with legendary track announcer, Mel Thomas in the announce booth.

With the amount of time and sacrifice that is expected when one signs on in any high capacity position like being a part of the broadcast team at any venue the list of available announce personalities is quite limited.

It requires arriving early and staying late.  Doing your homework in advance and roaming the pit area prior to race time in search of valuable information to pass along to the fans in attendance for that particular night’s race events.  It requires a lot of dedication and commitment and in many cases forgoing other personal obligations. And oh yes, it doesn’t hurt having a spouse that understands the commitment and sacrifices that will be made during the rigors of a long race season and in many cases begins in April and concludes in November.

As luck would have it a well experienced announcer by the name of Charlie Langlois was available and like Szmal at Outlaw, Langlois too had turned in his notice that he would not be returning to Freedom Raceway at the end of 2018 where he had been the voice for some 8 seasons.

“My wife and I were in the process of relocating from our current home in the Niagara Frontier and building a new home southwest of the Oswego area.  It was going to be way to long of a drive for me to make on Fridays to continue announcing at Freedom. Bob Reis, the owner of Freedom is a great guy to work for and we really got along quite well.  However, the drive was just going to be too much and he understood that. We parted as good friends.” That according to Langlois.

In addition to his tenure at the Freedom Raceway located in Delevan, NY near Arcade, Langlois began his career in 1987 at the famed Riverhead Speedway on Long island where he was co- announcer until 1991 when work obligations forced him into semi-retirement.  Also included on his resume are announcing duties at such race tracks as Lancaster, Oswego, Fonda, Utica Rome, Genesee, Spencer, Holland, Lake Erie, Chemung and Humberstone.

Charlie Langlois is also extremely proud to have worked side by side with what he calls some of the best broadcast personalities in the northeast.  Joe Marotta, Carol Houssock, Ken Hangauer, Bob Finan, Paul Szmal and Kenny Shupp Jr. And now he can add the name of Mel Thomas to his list.

“In the short time we have worked together at Outlaw I feel very comfortable with Mel.  He likes to tag team about every race weather it’s a heat, consi or feature. I think we complement quite well and as time goes on it should only get better.”

Currently Langlois makes a 2 ½ hour one way drive to announce each week at Outlaw, but within the next few weeks he and his wife will be moving into their new home cutting the drive just about in half.

“It has been pretty tough especially the drive back home, but Outlaw Speedway is one of the premier race tracks in the northeast and its great being part of the team that track owner, Tyler Siri has put together.”


According to Kenny Shupp Jr. who handles the tracks Public Relations, “I worked with Charlie a number of times over the years at Freedom and he is awesome.  Not a microphone hog by any means and doesn’t try and upstage his announce partners. Like Mel Thomas and Paul Szmal who I have worked with on numerous occasions, Charlie is top notch.  Mel and Charlie will make a fun combination.”

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