Sunday, January 04, 2015

Line Up...get your line up!

If you live 650 miles from Big Orange Country it's a treat to be able to stay sports connected 24/7, gotta love modern technology! Sometimes I do not think it should be called a "smart phone", however being able to utilize the WNML radio station app keeps me/you in the Vols loop.

WNML is live and local from at least 6a to 7p daily...

6-10 is Doc, Jeff, and Heather; 10-noon features the News Sentinel Sports Page and Vince Ferrara; Sports 180 with Josh Ward and Will West is up next; and afternoon drive is the long running duo of John Wilkerson (fellow Bearden grad) and Jimmy Hyams on Sports Talk.

The station recently re branded itself from mainly The Sports Animal to be more clearly identified as WNML Sports Radio.

Sports on the radio is nothing new for this broadcast group...back in the mid 70's Paul Lyle was full time reporting on sports at WIVK (sister station), plus a young Bob Kesling was a cub reporter, VFL Michael Gayles was behind the mic, and Stan Cotton joined in the late 70's.

As a weekend DJ at WIVK in the 70s I ran the network board for the Vol network, including all network commercials. I fondly recall Gus Manning always coming up to the station on Sunday nights to record his weekly segments, and Joe Thompson and Tim Priest arriving at the station either before or after Vols games to star on Football Finals, hosted by Mike Hammond.

These times are now part of folklore and Knoxville Radio History 101! Awh, the good old days!