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Author: Dale Spangler

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The Dirt Buzz, hosted by motorcycle industry veteran Dale Spangler, is a powersports industry and motocross racing podcast that shares the many behind-the-scenes stories of the fascinating people and brands that make the powersports industry tick.
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This week's guest is Matt Musgrove, Owner and Race Director at Elevated Action Sports, the Promoter of the MotoClimb Super Series. Recently, it was announced that Matt and his team will also manage the AMA Extreme Off-Road Championship in 2022, along with other one-off events like Endurofest. Learn how Matt and his team are helping create a renaissance in the sport of Motorcycle Hillclimbing and how he and his team will help try and do the same for the sport of Hard Enduro in 2022.Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/ Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This episode's guest is Scott Lukaitis, Writer, Photographer, Content Creator, and Director of Sales and Marketing for Engine Ice at Kost USA. Scott has been a longtime supporter and contributor to the sport of motocross with his business Lukaitis Photo. He's contributed to various media outlets throughout his career, and he has a new project supporting privateer motocross, called The Privateer’s Story. Learn more about Scott and his contributions to the powersports industry in episode 050.Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/ Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week's guest on The Dirt Buzz podcast is Chef Steve Taylor, lifelong motocross enthusiast and Certified Executive Chef (CEC). Chef Steve explains what it's like being an executive chef and the many parallels between cooking and riding dirt bikes—such as the need for razor-sharp focus and attention-to-details—that make the two complementary. Hear how Chef Steve got his start as a dirt bike rider and a chef in episode 049.Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/ Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This episode's guest is Jackson Halsmer, Professional Athlete Manager for longtime action sports protective equipment brand EVS Sports. Jackson is also the Marketing Coordinator for EVS' sister company LIFT Aviation and is a former collegiate swimmer for the University of Iowa. Learn how Jackson got his start in powersports, and how he almost ended up in the swimming industry, in episode 048. Thanks for listening!Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/ Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions.  Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This episode's guest is Tyler Shepardson, owner, and founder of the On The Pipe (OTP) Podcast and is a former announcer for the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. Tyler came to the powersports industry later in life but has more than made up for the lost time by involving himself in the many aspects of offroad motorcycling—from racing to announcing to helping layout racetracks. Hear about some of Tyler's contributions to the sport and how he got his start in episode 047.Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/ Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week's guest on The Dirt Buzz podcast is Kevin Bailey, Powersports Marketing Manager for Race Winning Brands. In his current role, Kevin plans and executes marketing strategies for the many brands under the Race Winning Brands umbrella, including two-wheel brands Wiseco Performance Products, JE Pistons, Rekluse, and ProX Racing Parts, plus the addition of some of the company's automotive brands. In this episode, hear some of Kevin's story and how he made his way into the powersports industry.  As always, thanks for listening! Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/ Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This episode's guest is Erek Kudla, Off-Road Racing Manager for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Growing up on the West coast, Erek raced various offroad and desert events before starting his own company GET-XTR-EME to promote regional hard enduro and other events. He then spent a few years as Director of the National Hare and Hound Series before landing his current role with the AMA. Enjoy the episode! Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This episode's guest, Jessica Vorheis, is an artist, independent graphic designer, and founder of Factory V Dirt Bike Apparel. By combining her artistic talent with a love of dirt bike riding, Jessica has carved out a niche career helping powersports brands with graphic design and marketing collateral creation with her own signature style. Learn how Jessica's career path has led to her helping brands bring more riders to the sport of dirt bike riding.Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This episode's guest is someone who's worked for two legendary brands in the powersports industry—not once—but twice! Primo Marotto has worked for Dunlop Motorcycle Tires and Scott Sports and currently holds the position of Sales and General Manager of the Moto Division for Scott Sports USA. Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week's guest, Matt Davis, is one-half of iconic dirt bike graphics brand Throttle Jockey and custom decal maker Graphics Lab. Matt and his brother Robert have been creating dirt bike graphics and custom decals for over 25 years, including as the official graphics supplier of the Factory Honda Motocross Team since 1998. Listen in as Matt talks about what it was like for "two kids with a dream, from Kokomo, Indiana," in this episode. Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week's guest is Kenny Safford, a veteran moto industry designer and product manager who's created award-winning products for iconic brands such as AXO Sport, Alpinestars, Sinisalo, JT Racing, Gaerne, and many others. Today Kenny is Product Manager for Mechanix Wear, another iconic brand with moto-industry roots that's become a worldwide success in the work glove, tactical, and PPE markets. Enjoy the episode! Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This episode's guest is a racer and moto industry entrepreneur who wears many hats. Johnny Lewis is a professional flat track racer and ambassador for the Moto Anatomy X Royal Enfield Race Team; he's the promotor of the Flat Track Futures youth race and runs his own training camp in Florida, Moto Anatomy. Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
Erick "Big E" Bartoldus is a powersports and bicycle industry insider who's worked at multiple iconic brands throughout the years and is currently the Marketing Manager for Yoshimura R & D of America. In this episode, Erick shares how he found his place in the industry after years of racing BMX, what it's like working for an iconic brand like Yoshimura, and his outlook on the industry since the pandemic.Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week's guest, Rob Fox, admits his current role as Amateur Motocross Support Manager for Dunlop Motorcycle Tires is his dream job and it means more to him than just a career choice. Listen in as Rob talks about his job with Dunlop and shares what it's like overseeing an elite motocross rider support program. Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week my guest is Michael Antonovich, a Moto-Journalist, Editor, and Content Creator who got his start in the moto media world at now-defunct Transworld Motocross Magazine before moving on to a similar role at Donn Maeda's Swapmoto Live. Thanks for listening! Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
In this episode, I'm joined by Brian Price, a former powersports industry product developer who helped create products for industry heavy hitters Fox Racing, Alpinestars, and Shift MX, before relocating to Bend, Oregon, and founding his own online retail shop, Atomic-Moto.com. Another fascinating history lesson and behind-the-scenes look at the powersports industry. Thanks for listening! Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week’s guest is Scott Boyer, a motorcycle and MTB industry product developer who helped create not one—but FOUR—game-changing, iconic motocross products, including the Scott USA plastic motocross boot, HRP Flak Jak chest protector, Smith Roll-Offs vision system, and ProTaper handlebar. Listen in as Scott provides a fascinating history lesson and behind-the-scenes look at the motorcycle industry product development cycle. Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
In this special episode, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Loretta Lynn's Amateur National Motocross Championships,  I try something a little different and look back at my personal memories racing at "The Ranch" five times, from 1985 to 1988, then again almost ten years later in 1997. With so many fond memories from those days, I thought it was only fitting to share my stories of a race that has so much meaning for many on its 40th birthday.Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week’s guest is one of my favorite people in the powersports industry and someone I’ve crossed paths and worked with many times through the last 20+ years. Kris Keefer is the founder and owner of Keefer Inc. Testing, where he specializes in OEM motorcycle testing and development and apparel and product development for industry brands. In addition to running his own testing business, Kris is also an Editor‐at‐Large for Racer X Online. In this episode, Kris shares what he’s been up to lately, what it’s like running his own business, his new Keefer-branded FXR gear, and more. Thanks for listening!Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Buzz Media Content Marketing Services Content Creation, Writing, and Marketing Services – We Know Powersports!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
This week’s guest is someone I’ve known for a long time but up until a few years ago never had the opportunity to work with. Dan Riley is a Minnesota-based designer and founder of Gunn Design who specializes in product design, motorcycle and helmet customization, and advertisement design. He was recently hired by Polaris as a Color & Graphics Designer where he gets to put the icing on the cake for new Polaris models. Learn more about Dan and his path to a career in powersports in this episode.Enjoying The Dirt Buzz? Please consider becoming a Patron by following the "Support the show" link below. Your support will help with monthly hosting and recording software subscriptions. As always, thanks for listening! Get out and enjoy life on two wheels, listen to great music, be kind to each other, and Keep the Buzz Rolling. Follow Dirt Buzz https://www.dirtbuzz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtbuzz/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbuzz)
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