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Vol Network

Vol IMG Network
City of license Knoxville, Tennessee
Broadcast area statewide Tennessee
Bowling Green (KY)
southwestern Virginia
Branding Vol Network
Frequency Various AM and FM radio stations
First air date 1949
Format Sports
Class Regional Satellite-delivered radio network
Affiliations see article
Owner IMG College
University of Tennessee
Website VolNetwork @

The Vol Network, or the Vol IMG Network, is the radio and television network of the University of Tennessee Volunteers women’s and men’s sports teams, sometimes simply referred to as the “Vols” and “Lady Vols.” Since 1989, it is operated by the IMG College networks.[1]

It consists of two regional sports networks, about 67 radio stations (both AM and FM), as well as eight television stations across Tennessee, some of which also serves varied portions of neighboring states, depending on the station and market.

Some of the Tennessee Vols’ pre-season exhibition and early season basketball games are also streamed via


The first Tennessee Volunteers football game radio broadcast was produced by the Vol Radio Network in 1949. [2] The name of the radio network was given by the legendary Robert R. Neyland, with Lindsey Nelson serving as the first-ever play-by-play announcer.

Host Communications managed media rights to University of Tennessee athletics, and operated the Vol Network from 1989 until November 2007, when Host Communications merged with IMG College, a division of IMG.[3] IMG College has multimedia rights to UT sports through at least 2017.[4]

On-air personalities

  • Bob Kesling, Director of programming and Play-by-play announcer [5] 1977 Univ. Of Tennessee Graduate; Originally with WBIR-TV and Jefferson-Pilot Sports for the SEC Syndicated TV package.
  • Tim Priest, Color analyst (football)
  • Bert Bertelkamp, Color Analyst (basketball)
  • John Wilkerson, Studio game day host
  • Brent Hubbs, spotter and reporter

Notable personalities

  • John Ward, the “Voice of the Vols” (1968-1999 football & 1965-1999 basketball), famous for the phrase, “It’s Football Time in Tennessee,” and his touchdown call,”Give him six!” [5]
  • Bill Anderson, former football color analyst and broadcasting partner of Ward

Television affiliates

Market Station Notes
Knoxville WVLT Volunteer TV 8 (CBS) [6] Flagship TV affiliate of the network
WVLT-DT2 MyVLT provides replays of Vol Network programming
Nashville WZTV Fox 17 Also serves Bowling Green, KY by default
Nashville WUXP MyTV 30 [6] provides replays of Vol network programming; also serves Bowling Green
Memphis WMC-TV 5 (NBC)
WLMT CW 30 replays of Vol network shows
Jackson, TN WJKT FOX 16
Chattanooga WTVC News 9 (ABC)
Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol, TN/VA WKPT-TV ABC 19
WAPK-CD / WKPT-DT2 19.2 MyTV Tri-Cities

The Vol Network’s Coach’s shows are also shown on these regional sports networks: SportsSouth (operated by Fox Sports networks) and Comcast Sports Net Southeast.[6][7]

List of Radio affiliates

Tennessee Volunteers games played at night used to be heard across 28 states in the eastern half of the United States and three provinces in eastern Canada thanks to a previous affiliation deal with Nashville’s 50,000 watt Clear-channel AM station WLAC. This ended in 2010 when that station lost the Vol Network affiliation to WGFX-FM.

All cities listed are in Tennessee unless otherwise indicated. All affiliates broadcast men’s and women’s basketball as well as UT football unless otherwise stated in the notes column.[8][9]

City Station Notes
Knoxville WNML-AM 990 Flasghip station of the radio network
WNML FM 99.1 FM Repeater of WNML-AM 990
WIVK-FM 107.7 Men’s basketball and football only
Nashville WGFX-FM "104.5 The Zone" Football and Men’s and Women's Basketball, Also the UT sports outlet for Bowling Green (KY) market by default, and secondary UT outlet for the Clarksville, TN/Hopkinsville (KY) area.
Memphis WMFS-FM 92.9
Clarksville TN/Hopkinsville KY WJZM-AM 1400 Football and men’s basketball only
Bristol/Kingsport/Johnson City WOPI-AM 149
Chattanooga WGOW-AM 1150 Women’s basketball only
Chattanooga (Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee) WGOW-FM 102.3
Chattanooga WSKZ-FM 106.5 Football only
WGOW-AM 1150 Women's Basketball only
Jonesborough/Johnson City WKTP-AM 1590
Bolivar WMOD-FM 96.7 Football only
Brownsville WTBG-FM 95.3 Football only
Camden WRJB-FM 98.3
Carthage WUCZ-FM 104.1 football only
Ashland City WQSV-AM 790 Women’s Basketball only
Columbia WKOM-FM 101.7
Centerville WNKX-FM 96.7 football only
Calhoun/Cleveland TN WCLE-FM 104.1
Cookeville WGSQ-FM 94.7
WBXE-FM 93.7
Cookeville/Livingston WLQK-FM 95.9 Women’s basketball only
Covington, TN WKBL-FM 93.5
Crossville WOWF-FM 102.5
Dickson WDKN-AM 1260 Football only
Dredsden (Weakley County) WCDZ-FM 95.1
Dyersburg WTRO AM 1450 football only
Elizabethton WKPP AM 1520 football only
Erwin WEMB AM 1420 football only
Fayetteville WYTM-FM 105.5 Football and Men’s Basketball
Franklin (TN) WAKM AM 950 Football & men’s basketball
Greeneville WGRV-AM 1340 football only
Greeneville WIKQ FM 103.1
Jackson, TN WMXX-FM 103.1 Football only
Jackson, TN WDXI-AM 1310 Football & Men’s basketball
Jefferson City TN WNRX-FM 99.3 Repeater of WNML-AM 99 & FM 99.1 Knoxville
Kingsport (Tri-cities) WKPT-AM 1400
Kingsport, TN WKOS-FM 104.9
Lafayette WLCT-FM 102.1 Football only
Lawrenceburg WDXE-FM 95.9
Lenoir City WLIL-AM 730 Football & Men’s basketball
Lenoir City WLIL FM 93.5 Football only
Lewisburg TN WJJM-AM 1490
Lewisburg TN WJJM-FM 94.3
Lexington, TN WBFG-FM 95.9
Livingston WLIV-AM 920
Livingston WLIV-FM 104.7
Madisonville TN WRKZ AM 1250 Men’s basketball only
Manchester WFTZ-FM 101.,5
Martin WCMT-AM 1410 football only
McMinnville WAKI AM 1230 Men’s basketball only
McMinnville WKZA-FM 107.3 Football only
Morristown WCRK AM 1150
Newport WLIK-AM 1270
Oneida WBNT-FM 105.5
Paris, TN WTPR-AM 710
Paris, TN WTPR-FM 101.5
Parsons WKJQ-FM 97.3 Football only
Pulaski WKSR-AM 1420 football only
Pulaski WKSR-FM 98.3
Savannah WKWX-FM 93.5
Smithville WJLE-AM 1480
Smithville WJLE-FM 101.7
Tri-Cities (Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol, TN/VA) WQUT-FM 101.5 Football only
Union City, TN WENK-AM 1240
Wartburg WECO-FM 101.3
Waverly WQMV-AM 1060 football only
Winchester TN WCDT AM 1340
Murphy, NC WCVP-AM 600 Football only
Elsewhere in the USA XM Satellite Radio [10]


See also


  1. ^ IMG College - University of Tennessee, Knoxville Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Vol Radio Network Archived from the original October 18, 2000. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Tennessee Football 2008 Media Guide - p. 209
  4. ^ Tennessee Awards Multi-Media Rights To IMG College Through 2017
  5. ^ a b Vol Network Staff
  6. ^ a b c Vol Network Coaches Shows
  7. ^ SportSouth Acquires Rights Package to UT Events
  8. ^ Vol Network Football Affiliates
  9. ^ Vol Network Basketball Affiliates
  10. ^ Tennessee Football 2012 Media Guide - p. 401

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