“The Sports Animal” & FOX 43 Present “Tennessee Sports Night”

KNOXVILLE, TN – Raycom Media’s WTNZ-TV FOX 43 and Cumulus Media’s WNML-FM The Sports Animal are announcing the launch of “Tennessee Sports Night”, a new local 7 p.m. sports talk show that will be simulcast live on both radio and television stations. The half-hour program will air Monday-Friday and offer East Tennesseans analysis of the day’s biggest sports stories, guest appearances from Tennessee sports’ insiders, and up-to-the-minute previews of that night’s most important games. The weeknight show will debut Monday, August 6 at 7pm.

“We’re excited to bring this incredibly local, relevant programming to East Tennessee on a nightly basis.” said Bryce Caldwell, Raycom Media Knoxville’s Vice President and General Manager. “Tennessee Sports Night will be the perfect complement to an already extensive list of high profile sports airing on FOX 43 and the eventual lead-in program to NFL Thursday Night Football and MLB’s World Series. And with their obvious commitment to East Tennessee sports, WNML-FM is an ideal partner for this project.”

Cumulus Media Knoxville Vice President and Market Manager, Ken Salyer said, “The opportunity to extend the WNML-FM Sports Animal brand in a partnership with the station for Thursday Night NFL games, The World Series, and the US Open was something far too attractive to pass up. FOX 43’s dedication to increase coverage of sports stories important to East Tennesseans partners with our own vision is a perfect fit. We’re excited to get it started!”

“Tennessee Sports Night” will be co-produced by both stations from the WNML studio and hosted by a rotating mix of different WNML-FM hosts including Heather Harrington, Tyler Ivens, Erik Ainge, Brian Rice, Josh Ward, Will West, Jimmy Hyams, John Wilkerson, Vince Ferrara, Eric Cain, Joel Silverberg and Brian Akins.
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About WNML-FM 99.1 The Sports Animal
WNML-FM, 99.1 The Sports Animal is the largest staffed sports broadcast entity in the region featuring over one hundred cumulative years of experience coverage. Serving as Flagship station for Tennessee Sports including Football, Men’s and Lady Vol Basketball, Baseball and Lady Vol Softball, 99.1 The Sports Animal is, “The station where the Vols play!”

About Cumulus Media
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 441 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), approximately 8,000 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus Radio Station Group and Westwood One platforms make CUMULUS MEDIA one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. The Cumulus Radio Station Group and Westwood One are the exclusive radio broadcast partners to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, and more. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events.

About WTNZ-TV FOX 43
WTNZ-TV FOX 43 is the FOX affiliate in the Knoxville, TN television market, owned and operated by Raycom Media Knoxville. In addition to local FOX 43 News and entertainment, FOX 43 Sports brings NFL, MLB, NASCAR, FIFA World Cup, College Football, and USGA Golf programming to East Tennessee television all year long. In addition to WTNZ-TV FOX 43, Raycom Media Knoxville’s portfolio also includes www.KnoxvilleWeekend.com, www.TheSouthernWeekend.com, Bounce-TV Knoxville TV 43.2, Grit-TV Knoxville, 43.3, and PureCars Knoxville.

About Raycom Media
Raycom Media, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest privately-owned local media companies and owns and/or provides services for 65 television stations and 2 radio stations in 44 markets located in 20 states. Raycom Media owns or provides services for stations covering 16% of U.S. television households and employs over 8,300 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom Media is the parent company of CNHI (community newspapers and information products; over 100 titles located in 23 states), PureCars (digital ad platform for the automotive industry), Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company), Tupelo Raycom (sports and entertainment production company), RTM Productions (automotive programming production and marketing solutions company) and Broadview Media (a post- production/digital signage company). Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. www.RaycomMedia.com

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