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LIVE 95 WSM FM BECOMES FLAGSHIP STATION FOR VANDERBILT SPORTS BROADCASTS BEGIN WITH FALL 2002 FOOTBALL SEASON 8/16/02

Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2002) - Nashville's Live 95 WSM-FM will assume the title of flagship station for Vanderbilt's football and men's basketball networks beginning this year, WSM General Manager John Padgett announced today. Former flagship station 650 WSM-AM, sister station to Live 95, has aired Vanderbilt games the past eight years.

Live 95 will also pick up the Commodore Report, featuring Vanderbilt play-by-play host Joe Fisher, beginning Monday, Aug. 26, at 5:55 p.m. The Commodore Call-In Show, featuring Bobby Johnson and Kevin Stallings, will continue to air on 650 WSM each Monday night at 7 p.m. (CST).

Live 95 is no stranger to Vanderbilt Sports. The FM station has traditionally carried any games that coincided with 650 WSM's broadcast of its most famous show, the WSM Grand Ole Opry.

"This move eliminates on-air scheduling conflicts and brings a consistency to the game broadcasts," Padgett said. "Vanderbilt fans will always know where they can find their favorite team."

"We're extremely excited to be bringing Vanderbilt and SEC football to our airwaves," Live 95 Program Director Kevin O'Neal said. "It brings yet another aspect of live radio to Live 95." "Our new arrangement with Live 95 makes good sense with today's technology," said Todd Turner, Vanderbilt's director of athletics.

"Our local fans know that all of our football and men's basketball games will be found at one location while long-distance fans can tune in to our Internet Web site to hear all the action. We are pleased to continue our long partnership with the WSM stations."

The move from 650 to Live 95 is the latest development in a decades-long relationship between Vanderbilt and the WSM call letters. 650 WSM aired Vanderbilt games from the 1940s to the early 1980s, resuming flagship station status in 1994 after a 14-year hiatus.

Live 95 WSM FM is a property of Gaylord Entertainment, a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. Gaylord Entertainment also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels branded properties including the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and the Radisson Opryland Hotel in Nashville, and the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. The company's entertainment brands include the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, the General Jackson Showboat, the Springhouse Golf Club, the Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM and WWTN radio. Gaylord Entertainment's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GET. For more information about the company, visit www.gaylordentertainment.com.


 







 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
                   
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