Monday, June 26, 2006

730 ESPN New Home For Vols in Memphis

We were proud to announce that 730 ESPN is now the home for the Vols in Memphis. This is a huge step for us as a station. First the Cardinals, then the signal boost, then the return of Mike and Mike and the addition of Jim Rome, and now having the rights to the Vols in Memphis is massive. Our programming has taken a huge leap in the last few weeks, and I am ecstatic about the future of 730 ESPN. Things are getting better all the time. The combo of the Vols and the Cardinals is a serious combo in this town. Holla Holla.

Here is the Press Release about the Vols...


Memphis, TN – 730-AM ESPN has completed an affiliation agreement with the Tennessee Volunteers to become its new radio broadcast partner here in Memphis. 730 ESPN will carry Vols football, including 90-minute pre-and-post game shows, as well as Tennessee Men’s basketball and select women’s basketball games.

"We are extremely excited about 730 ESPN being the new home of the Tennessee Volunteers in the Bluff City,” said Glenn Thackston, Director of Operations/Assistant GM for Host Communications/Vol Network. “In our comprehensive search for the right radio partner in Memphis, we became more and more impressed with 730 ESPN as the station's programming and coverage expanded significantly over the last several months. The Vol Network looks forward to growing with this exciting new sports station and 730 ESPN serving as the listening destination for U-T athletics in the Memphis market."

The Vol Network is one of the largest and most respected collegiate radio and television networks in the country. With 50-plus year history dating back to its founding by hall of fame announcer Lindsey Nelson and hall of fame Coach General Robert Neyland, the Vol Radio Network is made up of close to 70 radio affiliates located across the Southeast.

"When I arrived in Memphis in December, I spent two months researching which properties Memphians were most passionate about and vice versa. With all four hours of Mike and Mike in the Morning, Colin Cowherd, Jim Rome, Dan Patrick, Cardinals’ Baseball and now U-T football and basketball, we feel like we have successfully partnered with networks which match our passion for quality sports programming. This is a very exciting time for 730 ESPN,” said station program director Jon Madani.

730-AM ESPN has also agreed to air coach’s shows and select Vols’ features throughout the seasons. Tennessee opens the football season September 2nd on 730-AM ESPN.