Open Road Radio celebrates 15 years on the air


Motorcycle talk show Open Road Radio: Evolution is marking 15 years of broadcasting from its Chicago-area headquarters.

“The show has had a great run,” says co-founder and host Gina Woods. “We’ve had the opportunity to get into some of the greatest designers’ heads, chatted with some of the industry’s top engineers and been to the best rallies in the country.”

The show broadcasts every weekend and via podcasts at Recent interviews have included rider John Paul Dejoria, Biker Billy, builders Paul Jr., Dealernews content director Mary Slepicka, Harley-Davidson executive Paul James, promoter Buzz Walneck and Spin Communications rep Dee Dee Taft. Product discussions have featured Mike Hinga of Battery Tender, Andy Goldfine of Aerostitch, Joan Krenning of Design Wraps and others.

Host Woods is planning to launch a new apparel product in the spring, a project she’s been working on while negotiating to have the show broadcast in other markets.

“It’s been a challenging time while waiting out these negotiations,” she says. “I’ve learned how to reinvent myself this last year. I’ve had some great opportunities presented to me recently which ignited the spark, which inspired me to reach out to an old colleague to discuss a new show for Open Road Radio.” David Peter “Pete” Maus will join the show as it proceeds into its 16th year. “He has much radio experience and as much motorcycling passion as I do,” Woods says. “He’s a BMW rider so he’s used to riding in all climates and weather conditions. We tried some tapings together and the chemistry was awesome. I feel really good about the new direction of the show and think the public and industry are going to love it.”

Posted by Holly Wagner

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