Titans Radio Network

The Titans Radio Network is the radio and television network of the National Football League's franchise in Nashville, Tennessee, the Tennessee Titans. The network consists of almost 70 AM and FM radio stations in Tennessee, along with nearby areas of Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, eastern Arkansas, and far southern Illinois.[1]

Tennessee Titans Radio Network
TypeRadio network
Country
United States
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee
Broadcast area
Tennessee
western and southern Kentucky
northern and central Alabama
southeastern Arkansas
far southern Illinois
southwest Indiana (limited)
southeast Missouri (limited)
northwest Georgia
northern and central Mississippi
southwestern Virginia (limited)
OwnerTennessee Titans
ParentKSA Industries
Established1960 (as Houston Oilers Radio Network)
AffiliationNFL
Affiliates63 (including 1 flagship, as of 2015)
Official website
TitansRadio.com
Tennessee Titans radio affiliates
Map of radio affiliates

History

The radio network began with the 1960 American Football League season as the Houston Oiler Radio Network, when the now-Tennessee Titans were based in Houston, Texas, and were known as the Oilers. Houston's KXYZ was the first flagship of the network for 1960 through 1963. KILT was the network's second flagship station from 1963 to 1975.[2] In the beginning, Majestic Advertising of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the holder of production rights to the radio broadcasts and pre-season TV broadcasts. In the 1970s and beyond, the network was operated by the Texas State Networks, who also produces their own radio news programs, along with statewide agricultural news updates.[3]

KODA took over as the flagship station from 1985 through 1990. KTRH, which was the network flagship from 1976 to 1984, returned to be the flagship for the network for the franchise's final five seasons in Houston from 1991 until the end of the 1996 season. Around 35 to 40 (and at one point 86) stations broadcast all pre-season and regular season games each season, along with any playoff appearance the Oilers had during its time in Houston. At one point during this time period after the mid 1980s, KQQK served as the flagship for the team's Spanish-language broadcasts in Houston.

During the team's final season in Houston, which was a disastrous turnout for the team in 1996, and in preparation for the team's move to their then-new headquarters in Nashville, the Oiler Radio Network was reduced from many affiliates across most of Texas and western Louisiana to only the flagship station in Houston, and a few affiliates in Tennessee, including its future flagship, Adult contemporary-formatted WGFX/Gallatin, which is really based in Nashville. In October 1996, KTRH cut off games in favor of preseason basketball involving the Houston Rockets of the NBA.[4]

It was renamed the Tennessee Oilers Radio Network in 1997 during the team's first season in Tennessee. The headquarters were now located in Nashville, but their home games were played in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis in 1997 and the Vanderbilt University's Stadium in 1998 and at least until their new stadium, the Adelphia Coliseum (now Nissan Stadium) was completed in August 1999. WGFX became the flagship station for the network, and served as flagship from 1997 until the completion of the 2001 season, although WGFX served as an "affiliate" for the 2004 season. Between the team's initial relocation and the start of the 1999 preseason, the radio network was spread to many radio stations across Tennessee, as well as southern and western Kentucky, northern and central Alabama, and portions of three other states. Titans Radio signed up over 50 affiliates in non-metro areas and a few major cities.

In 1999, the radio network's name was changed to the Titans Radio Network to reflect the team's name change. It was first used in the Titans first pre-season game in August 1999. Country-music formatted station WKDF, now one of WGFX's in-market sister stations, became the new flagship station in 2002. WGFX, which became a sports talk radio station in 2003, returned as the flagship for the Titans Radio Network starting with the 2010 season.

The team had long refused distribution of these radio broadcasts to Sirius XM Radio, because the Titans' contract with Citadel Broadcasting (then-parent of both WKDF and WGFX) predated the arrival of satellite radio.[5][6] However, in 2011, the Titans extend their agreement with existing radio partners while a provision allowing home games to be broadcast on Sirius XM. The Titans became the last NFL franchise to reach such a deal.[7]

On-air radio personalities

Here is a list of the current personnel of the Titans Radio Network:

  • Mike Keith — play by-play announcer, "The Voice of the Titans", well known for his trademark touchdown call, "Touchdown Titans!" [8]
  • Dave McGinnis — Color Analyst [8]
  • Johnathan Hutton — Sideline reporter[8][9]
  • Rhett Bryan – Gameday host
  • Kevin Dyson – Pre-game/Post-game analyst
  • Blaine Bishop - Pre-game/Post-game analyst
  • Mark Howard – Pre-game/Post-game Host[10]

Programming outside live game coverage

  • The Mike Vrabel Show -- Tuesdays at 6:00 PM CT
  • Titans Tonight With Keith Bullock -- Thursdays at 6:00 PM CT
  • Titans Countdown – pre-game show, one hour prior to kickoff

Radio affiliates

The following is a list of all Titans Radio affiliates that run coverage of the entire Tennessee Titans season schedule

Tennessee

City
(Station location in parentheses if not city of license)
Callsign [11] Frequency/Band Notes
Gallatin (Nashville) WGFX FM 104.5 Flagship station of the network. Also the secondary Titans Radio station for the Clarksville, Tennessee, Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Bowling Green, Kentucky areas.
Bartlett (Memphis) WMFS-FM FM 92.9 Also serves neighboring areas of northwest Mississippi and east-central Arkansas
Baxter (Cookeville) WBXE FM 93.7 Serves most of the Upper Cumberland Plateau
Bristol WXSM AM 640
Calhoun (Cleveland/Athens) WCLE-FM FM 104.1
Camden WFWL AM 1220
W259BN FM 99.7 FM Translator/repeater of WFWL
Centerville WNKX-FM FM 96.7
Chattanooga WGOW-FM FM 102.3
Clarksville WKFN AM 540 ESPN Radio affiliate
Columbia WMCP AM 1280
Dickson WDKN AM 1260
W268BN FM 101.5 FM repeater/translator of WDKN
Dyersburg WASL-FM FM 100.1 Also serves Caruthersville, Missouri and the Reelfoot Lake areas
Fayetteville WYTM-FM FM 105.5
Franklin WAKM AM 950
Humboldt (Jackson) WZDQ FM 102.3
Lawrenceburg WDXE AM 1370
Lebanon WANT FM 98.9 Also serves Nashville and Gallatin; FM simulcast of WCOR/Lebanon
WCOR AM 1490
Lewisburg WJJM-FM FM 94.3
Manchester WMSR AM 1320
McMinnville WOWC FM 105.3
Memphis WMC AM 790
WMFS AM 680
Morristown WCRK AM 1150
Oliver Springs (Knoxville) WOKI FM 98.7
Paris, Tennessee WRQR AM 1000
WMUF (FM) FM 104.7 Also serves the Murray, Kentucky area
Pulaski WLXA FM 98.3
Shelbyville WZNG AM 1400
South Fulton (Martin) WCMT-FM FM 101.3 Serves northwest Tennessee and southwest Kentucky, including Mayfield, Columbus and Fulton
Union City WQAK FM 105.7
Waverly WQMV AM 1060
Winchester WCDT AM 1340

Kentucky

City
(Station location in parentheses if not city of license)
Callsign [12] Frequency/Band Notes
Bowling Green W274BQ FM 102.7 FM repeater/translator of WWKU-AM/Plum Springs
Cadiz WKDZ-FM FM 106.5 Also serves the Hopkinsville area, along with Fort Campbell and Clarksville, Tennessee
Calvert City WCCK FM 95.7
Campbellsville WTCO AM 1450 CBS Sports Radio affiliate
Elizabethtown WIEL AM 1400
W291CU FM 106.1 FM translator of WIEL
Glasgow WPTQ FM 105.3 Also serves the Mammoth Cave National Park area
Henderson WSON AM 860 Also serves Evansville, Indiana
Hopkinsville W261BV FM 100.1 FM translator of WKFN/Clarksville, Tennessee
Owensboro WVJS AM 1420
W263BG FM 100.5 FM translator of WVJS/Owensboro
Paducah WPAD AM 1560 Became primary affiliate in 2016
W258AN FM 99.5 FM repeater/translator of WPAD-AM
Plum Springs (Bowling Green) WWKU AM 1450 ESPN Radio affiliate
Princeton WWKY-FM FM 104.9 Repeater/satellite of WREF/Sebree
WPKY AM 1580 Repeater/satellite of WREF/Sebree
Sebree (Madisonville) WREF FM 97.7 Also serves the Central City and Greenville area via its own signal.
Whitesville (Owensboro) WXCM FM 97.1

Alabama

City
(Station location in parentheses if not city of license)
Callsign [13] Frequency/Band Notes
Arab (Guntersville) WAFN FM 92.7
Athens WVNN AM 770
Birmingham WJOX FM 94.5 Serves much of central Alabama, including Tuscaloosa and Anniston
Florence WQLT FM 107.3
Madison (Huntsville) WUMP AM 730
FM 103.9
Scottsboro WWIC AM 1050
Trinity (Huntsville) WVNN-FM FM 92.5 Repeats WVNN-AM/Madison; also serves the Fayetteville, Tennessee area

Other states

City
(Station location in parentheses if not city of license)
Callsign Frequency/Band Notes
Honolulu, Hawaii KIKI AM 990 Affiliate added in 2016 due to the localized popularity of Hawaii native Marcus Mariota
Golconda, Illinois
(Paducah, Kentucky)
WKYX-FM [14] FM 94.3 Simulcasts WKYX-AM/Paducah, Kentucky
Poplar Bluff, Missouri KLID AM 1320 Affiliated in August 2017

Former affiliates [15]

Tennessee

City of license
(location of station if not city of license)
Callsign Frequency Notes
Ashland City WQSV AM 790 Disaffiliated in 2011
Carthage WUCZ FM 104.1
Centerville WNKX AM 1570
Celina WVFB FM 101.5
Clarksville WVWB AM 1400
Hartsville WTNK AM 1050
Knoxville WNOX FM 100.3
La Follette (Jacksboro) WQLA FM 104.9
Lawrenceburg WTNX FM 106.7 Sold to Educational Media Foundation; now K-LOVE WBKV
Lewisburg WAXO AM 1220
Martin WCMT AM 1410
McKenzie WHDM AM 1440
McMinnville WTRZ FM 107.7
Memphis WXMX FM 98.1
Nashville WKDF FM 103.3 Network flagship, 2001–2010
Parsons (Decaturville) WKJQ-FM FM 97.3 Disaffiliated in 2013
Pulaski WKSR-FM FM 98.3
Spencer
(Crossville/Cookeville)
WPBX FM 99.3

Kentucky

City of license
(location of station if not city of license)
Callsign Frequency Notes
Elkton WEKT AM 1070 Affiliate 200?-2013
Leitchfield WKHG FM 104.9
WMTL AM 870
Mayfield WNGO AM 1320 Simulcasts WKYX-AM/Paducah
Paducah WKYX AM 570
Vine Grove (Elizabethtown) WVKB FM 101.5 Titans Radio returned to WIEL/Elizabethtown in 2016

Other states

City of license
(location of station if not city of license)
Callsign Frequency Notes
Flowood, Mississippi (Oxford) WPBQ AM 1240 Dropped affiliation after 2014 [16]
Golconda, Illinois
Paducah, Kentucky
WKYX-FM FM 94.3 Simulcasts WKYX-AM/Paducah
Huntsville, Alabama WRTT FM 95.1
Stuttgart, Arkansas KWAK-FM FM 105.5 Dropped affiliation in 2014 [17]
Sylacauga WFEB AM 1340

Sponsors

See also

References

  1. ^ Titans Radio Network
  2. ^ "$81.5 million is the painless broadcast price for football ‘76". Broadcasting, August 9, 1976, pages 24-34. [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Oilers hope to prove lame ducks can soar. The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Sirius XM Radio promotional material. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  6. ^ "Titans Radio Contact Form & FAQ" Archived 2008-10-28 at the Wayback Machine Titans Radio Network. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  7. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/24642/at-long-last-titans-radio-goes-satellite
  8. ^ a b c Tennessee Titans | Titans Radio
  9. ^ Titans Radio - Our Team
  10. ^ Titans Radio - Broadcast Team
  11. ^ Titans Radio Affiliates in Tennessee
  12. ^ Titans Radio Affiliates in Kentucky
  13. ^ Titans Radio Affiliates in Alabama
  14. ^ Titans Radio Affiliates In Illinois
  15. ^ 2008 Tennessee Titans Media Guide, page 548.
  16. ^ Titans Radio Affiliates in Mississippi
  17. ^ Titans Radio Affiliates in Arkansas

External links

Frank Wycheck

Frank John Wycheck (born October 14, 1971) is a former American football tight end and current sports talk radio host. He played college football at the University of Maryland. As a professional, Wycheck played 11 seasons for the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Titans, where he threw the lateral pass in the Music City Miracle. He has also spent time as a professional wrestler. In 2005, Wycheck became color commentator on the Tennessee Titans radio network, and in 2004, Wycheck began co-hosting a morning sports radio show on Nashville radio station WGFX.

KWAK-FM

KWAK-FM (105.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic country music format. Licensed to Stuttgart, Arkansas, United States, the station is currently owned by Arkansas County Broadcasters, Inc.

List of Tennessee Titans broadcasters

This is a list of all current broadcasters of content related to the Tennessee Titans, a National Football League franchise based in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won the first two AFL Championships, and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.

The team relocated from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, and played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season. The team then moved to Nashville in 1998 and played in Vanderbilt Stadium. For those two years, they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", but changed their name to "Tennessee Titans" for the 1999 season. The team currently plays at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, which opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum. The Titans' training facility is at Saint Thomas Sports Park, a 31-acre (13 ha) site at the MetroCenter complex in Nashville.The team has appeared once in the Super Bowl (XXXIV), the same year they changed their name to "Titans", and in which they lost to the St. Louis Rams.

Titans All Access

Titans All Access is a magazine-style television program that focuses on the Tennessee Titans, the National Football League franchise based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by Titans Radio Network on-air personality Mike Keith, along with Amie Wells, the show is produced by Fox Television affiliate station WZTV in association with the franchise. Episodes are aired during NFL Football season on either Friday, Saturdays, or Sundays, depending on the station.

It will premiere its 16th season at the beginning of the 2017 NFL season.

WAKM

WAKM is an AM radio station in Franklin, Tennessee, broadcasting on a frequency of 950 kHz.

WANT

WANT is an FM radio station licensed to Lebanon, Tennessee, broadcasting at 98.9 MHz. Most of WANT's broadcast day is simulcast over 1490 AM WCOR, with some exceptions.

WAXO

WAXO (1220 AM/95.9 FM) was a radio station formerly broadcasting a country music and classic rock format. Licensed to Lewisburg, Tennessee, United States, the station, prior to its bankruptcy, was owned and operated by Marshall County Radio Corporation and featured programming from Westwood One. It also operated a low-power television station on digital channel 29 (formerly seen on analog channel 34).

WAXO went on the air September 1, 1980. The WAXO call letters were previously used by the present-day WWDV in Zion, Illinois, when it was located in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

WAXO radio and television carried a wide selection of local sports including Marshall County sports, Forrest High School sports, and Cornersville High School sports. The station is also an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans radio network.In March, 2016 WAXO (AM), FM translator W240CC and WAXO (TV) went off the air due to owners, Marshall County Radio Corporation, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as there were no funds to continue operations of the stations. Special temporary authority had been granted by the Federal Communications Commission to keep WAXO (AM) silent for up to one year. After having been off the air for more than one year, WAXO (AM)'s license expired on March 25, 2017. The license of the 95.9 MHz translator W240CC was cancelled on June 7, 2017 for the same reason. It was unknown if the television stations would either be put up for sale, or if broadcast operations would be totally liquidated, However, on June 26, 2017, after being off the air & inactive for a long period of time, the license was cancelled by the FCC & the legal callsign of W29DM-D was deleted from the FCC's database.

WCDT

WCDT (1340 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Licensed to Winchester, Tennessee, United States, the station is currently owned by Alton Tipps and features programming from ABC Radio and Jones Radio Network.The station is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans radio network. The current staff includes former owner Tommy Yarbrough, billing/traffic Jeanetta Shields, air talent Karen Shetters, advertising sales Sherry Price, news Jan Tavalin, air talent Al Tipps, sports announcer Greg Roberson, football announcer Al Clark, baseball announcer Stanley Bean, and board operators Ensley McKay, Jeremy Pickett, Destany Shields, and Aaron Jones.

WCLE-FM

WCLE-FM (104.1 FM, "Mix 104.1") is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary music format. Licensed to Calhoun, Tennessee, the station is currently owned by Hartline, LLC and features programming from Fox News Radio, Vol Network, Titans Radio Network, and Motor Racing Network.Although the station is licensed to Calhoun, the transmitter is located on Candies Creek Ridge in the northern part of neighboring Bradley County, and the studios are located in Cleveland. Its sister station is WCLE-AM, with which it shares a studio.WCLE-FM was originally established in 1961, signing on on August 1 of that year. The original station was the predecessor to modern WUSY. At first, the station was powered at 5,100 watts and only served the Cleveland area. WCLE-FM was also a daytimer and simulcast the AM's programming by day and continued broadcasting at night. The station switched to WUSY in 1981. WCLE-FM returned in September 1993, and describes itself as playing a mix of music from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s to the present.

WCOR

WCOR is an AM radio station broadcasting in the eastern portion of the Nashville, Tennessee market with a power of 1,000 watts.

In its early years, WCOR functioned as a community-oriented station aimed primarily at residents of Wilson County, Tennessee. (It is licensed to the county seat of Wilson County, Lebanon). After this format became untenable in the 1980s (as it did for many small-town radio stations, particularly those located adjacent to major and mid-major markets), the station, after going dark for a period, resumed operation, marketing itself to particularly the eastern portion of the wider Nashville market. The majority of its programming now consists of a simulcast of its FM sister station, WANT, but some separate sports programming is also carried associated with Lebanon's Cumberland University.

In fall 2005, the station moved from the 900 kHz frequency, where it had spent nearly 60 years, to a newly licensed frequency at 1490 kHz.

The station is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans radio network.

WDKN

WDKN (1260 AM) is a radio station operating in Dickson, Tennessee, on a frequency of 1260 kHz. It was formerly owned by Edmisson Communications, a local Dickson company. It is currently owned and operated by R & F Communications, also a local Dickson company.

WDKN broadcasts primarily country music and community-oriented programming for the Dickson area such as death notices, a community calendar of events, local high school football and basketball games, and the small-town radio staple Swap and Shop, an on-air garage sale whose announcements are free to private, non-commercial vendors.

WDKN broadcasts a 5,000 watt signal during daylight hours but is restricted by the Federal Communications Commission to 18 watts after dark so as not to interfere with out-of-market stations on the same frequency.

The station is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans radio network and the RFC Sports Network.The station left the air as of March 19, 2009. On July 27, 2009, the station came back on the air with fanfare and new owners, but a very similar format and programming.

WFEB

WFEB (1340 AM, "B101") is a radio station licensed to serve Sylacauga, Alabama, United States. The station is owned by Powers Broadcasting Company, Inc. and broadcasts to the Anniston, Alabama, area. It broadcasts an adult contemporary format.The station is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans radio network. In addition to its previous mix of local and syndicated news and talk programs, the station has broadcast a "Swap and Shop" program since the late 1960s.

WGFX

WGFX is a radio station broadcasting on the FM band at 104.5 MHz licensed to the city of Gallatin, Tennessee, but serving the Nashville market as a whole. It is currently branded as 104.5 The Zone, broadcasting a sports talk format. It is owned by Cumulus Media and operates out of studios in Nashville's Music Row district. Its transmitter is located just north of downtown Nashville.

WGOW-FM

WGOW-FM (102.3 FM) is a radio station known as "Talk Radio 102.3" in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The station's talk radio format features a mix of local and syndicated hosts. This station is currently under ownership of Cumulus Media.

WGOW (AM)

WGOW (1150 AM), known as "NewsRadio 1150", is the Chattanooga home for mostly conservative syndicated talk radio programs from ABC Radio. It broadcasts on AM frequency 1150 kHz and is under ownership of Cumulus Media. The station first went on the air in 1936 as WAPO at 1420 on the AM dial. By the early 1940s the frequency was changed to 1150. It was purchased by Ted Turner in 1968 and changed its call letters to WGOW and adopted a Top 40 format on January 1, 1969. By the early 1980s, the station had evolved into more of an adult contemporary style format. In the 1988, they shifted to their current news/talk format.

Current programming includes:

The Morning Press / Jeff, JR, and Kevin

Duke and the Doctor

Geraldo Rivera (replaced Neal Boortz shortly after Boortz announced his pending retirement in 2012)

Rush Limbaugh

Michael Savage

Mark Levin (replaced Jerry Doyle, June 2007)

Laura Ingraham

Mike Huckabee

Jim Bohannon

Red Eye RadioIn 2005, the station made waves by moving Rush Limbaugh over to sister-station WGOW-FM, resulting in a slight increase in ratings for the FM station, but a precipitous ratings drop for the AM. Limbaugh subsequently returned to the AM lineup in 2006.

The station is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans radio network.

WKDZ-FM

WKDZ-FM (106.5 FM) is a radio station licensed in Cadiz, Kentucky. WKDZ-FM is owned by Ham Broadcasting. Beth Mann serves as Ham Broadcasting owner/president.

In 2004, Ham Broadcasting moved from their former Will Jackson Road location to a new 4,100-square-foot (380 m2) facility at Broadbent Square in east Cadiz.

WVWK

WVWK (790 AM) is a radio station broadcasting in Ashland City, Tennessee, United States. Day power is 2,000 watts and night power is 35 watts.

WWKU

WWKU (1450 AM) is a radio station licensed to Plum Springs, Kentucky, United States. The station is owned by Newberry Broadcasting, Inc. and runs ESPN Radio sports programming.

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