Titans Radio Network

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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
Map of radio affiliates

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]

History[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

Tennessee[edit]

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
WHNY 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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][edit]

Tennessee[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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

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