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