Ken Squier joined CBS Sports in 1972 and was the principal announcer for the Daytona 500 from 1979-1997. Squier serves as host of the CBS Television Network's coverage of auto racing, a position he moved to in 1998. He also provided play-by-play for CBS' coverage of short track speed skating at the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
Squier has been involved in auto racing since he was 14 when he did public address announcing in his native Vermont. At age 17, Squier started promoting races at state fairs and for six years competed himself. He built and operated two tracks in New England and also did baseball and boxing play-by-play on radio.
His "break" came in 1965 when he was hired as the public address announcer for the Daytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500. Then, in 1969, Squier became one of the principal founders and major voice of the Motor Racing Network on radio, where he continued until 1978. He was, for five years, executive producer of the racing program Motor Week Illustrated.
Squier has been named Vermont Sportscaster of the Year five times, won the Henry McLemore Award in 1975, as well as the Buddy Shuman Award for motorsports, and was an Emmy nominee four times. Squier is currently the owner and president of Radio Vermont with five radio stations in the Green Mountain State. He lives in Stowe, Vt., on Sage Sheep Farm, with his wife, Elizabeth.