Auto Smarts Radio presented by Germain Motor Company is the region's premiere radio show dedicated to those that are looking to buy, repair, or race cars, trucks, motorcycles or anything on wheels!
Co-founder Dan "Boots" Longenette boasts nearly 25 years in the automotive industry and anchors a pit crew with four diverse personalities with plenty of broadcasting savvy.
Whether it's fielding calls or emails from those with a question, to special interviews with Jay Leno, Richard Petty, or Jeg Coughlin, the Auto Smarts gang offers plenty of insight and lively banter during their fast-paced weekly 2 hour weekend spectacular and weekday shows. 21 stations, 27 times per week.
Regular features from the worlds of NHRA and NASCAR, to updates from lemon law attorneys, Jack Moser Busted for Drunk Driving.com and top area mechanics, offer information to the gearhead or the novice in a way that all can understand and enjoy! Weekly show giveaways from PEPSI MAX.
Daniel "Boots" Longenette
Dan "Boots" Longenette has been in the automotive sales industry for over 20 years. He was a racing analyst for four+ years on local sports T.V. and Radio networks.
He is currently a Auto Expert on FOX 28 and ABC 6 in the Columbus area.
His racing experience includes: many years of legal drag racing; and over three years of multiple division racing at Columbus Motor Speedway.
He was a Wholesale Manager for an independent Ohio used car dealership. He currently has over six years experience in wholesale automotive auctions. During his two-decade long career Longenette has enjoyed accomplishments both nationally and locally here in Ohio such as becoming Assistant General Manager for the world’s largest truck dealership. He then became General Sales Manager for various new car dealerships, both foreign and domestic in the Columbus area; as well as being General Sales Manager of one of Ohio’s largest Buy-Here-Pay-Here lots. He has garnered awards in customer satisfaction and was once named the Regional Walk Around Champion (a contest to explain features and benefits on a new car), he also handled all customer sales complaints at the largest dealership in the U.S. He has previously been the owner and operator of a multi-truck towing company.
His leadership skill-set also includes he once owned two body shops in the Columbus area.
In his free time he has enjoyed building and restoring multiple high-end classic cars. In 2002 he was awarded the Top 100 title in the country for a 57 Chevy, and in 2003 he helped build a 23 Model T national winner. He has hand-built and ridden on two motorcycle choppers, for which his 12-foot long chopper was the national winner in 2003. Boots has owned over ten motorcycles MOSTLY Harleys. Every chance he gets he loves to go boating with family and friends.
Longenette is currently a member of the Grove City Rotary Foundation, in which he has helped to organize and is the head judge for the yearly 300+ cars at the Grove City Rotary Cruise and Ride. He chairs many car show boards and is on the Car Show Board with the Arthritis Foundation.
Boots favorite car is a 57 Chevy. His favorite movies are Hollywood Knights and Christine. He loves all racing if a motor is involved.
Daniel "Boots" Longenette's extensive experience makes him a viable commodity to the high-end automotive consumer, while his down-to-earth sensibilities allow him to appeal to the blue-collar consumer as well.
In 2011 Dan Boots founded AUTO SMARTS MEDIA GROUP LLC. He built a state of the art Radio Studio high a top Germain Automotive in Dublin OH. Auto Smarts is on 21 stations in three states 27 times a week ................... Auto Smarts Radio Columbus, Auto Smarts Radio syndicated shows air in OH, WV and KY.
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Steve Germain is the President and CEO of Germain Motor Company. He owns and operates 18 dealerships in 3 states representing over 13 manufacturers. Germain began as a single Lincoln Mercury dealership in 1947 in Bexley, Ohio started by Steve’s grandfather Warren Germain. 60 years later, Germain is now the 22nd largest dealer group in the country selling over 30 thousand vehicles a year.
As CEO of Germain, Steve doesn’t just take pride in the numbers. It’s not all about sales or how the company ranks. What’s most important is the Germain reputation with both its customers and employees. Steve is not the average "CEO" type... he likes to get involved and enjoy being a hands-on leader in the company, which allows him to learn from both customers and employees every single day.
Steve has also been involved in NASCAR racing. The Germain brothers formed Germain Racing to show their support for Toyota’s entrance into NASCAR competition. They promised Toyota they would bring them its first NASCAR championship and they did just that.
From the automotive business to NASCAR racing, Steve’s goal is to use his experience to help educate Auto Smarts listeners on the automotive industry and to break any barriers that may exist between the consumer and the car dealership.
De'Niel Phipps has had an opportunity to follow his dreams with over 12 years of experience, two Ohio Valley News Emmy Nominations for Photography, and the chance to work with a wide range of clients such as Elmer's Glue, Red Roof Inn, and Sony Music. Producing music videos, creating original television programming, and working with a host of media oulets, has put him in the position to excel in multi-media. He is a person that believes in good journalism, creativity, and high production values. His strongest qualities are taking pride in teamwork and a passion to always do his best. The knowledge he's obtained over the years has given him the ability to teach shooting and editing on many different levels. He's helping high school students just trying to get their feet wet, a Video Instructor at the Ohio Center for Broadcast, and assisting a Hispanic Station that's trying to get to that next level.
Being co-founder & executive producer of Auto Smarts 4U T.V., he has helped continue this joint venture to go in the right direction. He is extremely excited about the goals of Auto Smarts 4U T.V. and knows that, through his talents, it will become the consumers number 1 choice for their automotive questions.
Covering 16 different sports in central Ohio over the past quarter of a century, many have said that Randy Rhinehart is the most versatile play-by-play man in Central Ohio. He¹s been the voice for over 2,000 events and 4,000 hours on the high school, college, and pro levels. He takes it to a new level as he shares his passion with all things on wheels.
Rhinehart been the voice for the state football, basketball, baseball, and soccer championships, including 5 straight years where he called all 8 high school basketball championship games live statewide.
Randy has called the action on TV for 10 different Ohio State sports including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, volleyball, softball, tennis, wrestling, gymnastics, and track and field.
has done events that have aired on the Yes Network, ESPN, FSN Ohio, ONN, Sport TV, CNNSI, Sports Channel, SportsTime Ohio, Columbus Sports Network, and Prime Sports. This fall he adds the Big Ten Network to his resumé.
the last 22 years, Rhinehart was a fixture at Cooper Stadium as the play-by-play voice for Columbus Clippers Baseball action on TV and radio.
He's interviewed everybody from AJ Foyt, Bobby Rahal, George Steinbrenner, and Jack Nicklaus, to the budding high school student-athlete.
Rhinehart has an incredible passion for racing. "As a kid, I used to have to mow the yardon Memorial Day. The smallest radio we had was the size of a small breadbox. Determined to never miss the Indy 500, I would completely duct tape it to my leg just to hear Sid Collinspaint the picture of the race."
His admiration has extended to NASCAR and all other forms of racing. He was a fixture atNational Trails and the Columbus Motor Speedway for more than a decade. That¹s where he met Boots.
"It's a tremendous thrill to work with Boots. This man is a walking encyclopedia of automotive knowledge. I respect his passion to pass along his knowledge to the average Joe or Jane in a way they can understand. Boots is the kind of a guy you want as a friend."
When asked what his favorite car was, Rhinehart doesn't hesitate. "I had a 1974 yellow Gremlin, that we called the Lemon. I gave it up with 174,000 miles on it and had to hold a flashlight on my lap just to read the speedometer. But it was my first car. I tore it apart to see how it worked and tried to put it together again. I always had an extra part or two."