Titans Radio Network
TypeRadio network
Country
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee
Broadcast area
OwnerTennessee Titans
ParentKSA Industries
Established1960
Affiliation(s)NFL
Affiliates42 (including 1 flagship)
Official website
www.titansradio.com

The Titans Radio Network is an American radio network composed of 42 radio stations which carry English-language coverage of the Tennessee Titans, a professional football team in the National Football League (NFL).

Nashville market station WGFX (104.5 FM) serves as the network's flagship station. The network also includes 41 affiliates in the U.S. states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama, along with nearby areas of Mississippi, eastern Arkansas, and far southern Illinois: twenty-two AM stations, sixteen of which supplement their signals with a low-power FM translator; and nineteen full-power FM stations, one of which supplements its signal with a low-power FM translator.

In addition to traditional over-the-air AM and FM broadcasts, network programming airs on satellite radio via Sirius XM and is available online via Sirius XM, TuneIn and NFL+.[1]

History

As the Houston Oilers Radio Network (1960-1996)

The radio network began with the 1960 American Football League season as the Houston Oilers 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, which also produces their own radio news programs, along with agricultural news updates to their affiliated stations statewide.[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, including their AFC Championship Game appearances in 1978 and 1979. 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 one year earlier than expected, 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, then-Adult contemporary-formatted WGFX of Nashville (officially licensed to Gallatin). In October 1996, KTRH cut off games in favor of preseason basketball involving the Houston Rockets of the NBA.[4]

As the Tennessee Oilers Radio Network and Titans Radio (1997-present)

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 Spring 1999, the radio network's name was changed to the Titans Radio Network to reflect the team's name change. The Titans Radio name 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, 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

Here is a list of the current personnel of the Titans Radio Network:

Programming outside live game coverage

Station list

Network stations as of the 2022 Tennessee Titans season[11]
Callsign Frequency Band City State Network status
WGFX 104.5 FM Nashville Tennessee Flagship
WVNN 770 AM Athens Alabama Affiliate
WCBL 1290 AM Benton Kentucky WCBL-FM simulcast
WJOX-FM 94.5 FM Birmingham Alabama Affiliate
WJTW 1480 AM Bridgeport Alabama Affiliate
WXSM 640 AM Bristol Tennessee Affiliate
WKDZ-FM 106.5 FM Cadiz Kentucky Affiliate
WCLE-FM 104.1 FM CalhounClevelandAthens Tennessee Affiliate
WRJB 95.9 FM Camden Tennessee Affiliate
W259BN 99.7 FM Camden Tennessee WRJB relay
WGOW 1150 AM Chattanooga Tennessee Affiliate
W239CO 95.7 FM Chattanooga Tennessee WJTW relay
WGOW-FM 102.3 FM Chattanooga Tennessee Affiliate
WKFN 540 AM Clarksville Tennessee Affiliate
WAIN 1270 AM Columbia Kentucky Affiliate
W270DI 101.9 FM Columbia Kentucky WAIN relay
WMCP 1280 AM Columbia Tennessee Affiliate
W255DK 98.9 FM Columbia Tennessee WMCP relay
WKXD-FM 106.9 FM Cookeville Tennessee Affiliate
WYTM-FM 105.5 FM Fayetteville Tennessee Affiliate
WQLT-FM 107.3 FM Florence Alabama Affiliate
WHEP 1310 AM Foley Alabama Affiliate
W223AX 92.5 FM Foley Alabama WHEP relay
WAKM 950 AM Franklin Tennessee Affiliate
WCBL-FM 99.1 FM Grand Rivers Kentucky Affiliate
WPTQ 105.3 FM Glasgow Kentucky Affiliate
WIKQ 103.1 FM Greeneville Tennessee Affiliate
WSON 860 AM Henderson Kentucky Affiliate
W300ED 107.9 FM Henderson Kentucky WSON relay
W261BV 100.1 FM Hopkinsville Kentucky WKFN relay
WZDQ 102.3 FM HumboldtJackson Tennessee Affiliate
WOKI 98.7 FM Knoxville Tennessee Affiliate
WCOR 1490 AM Lebanon Tennessee Affiliate
WANT 98.9 FM Lebanon Tennessee WCOR simulcast
WJJM-FM 94.3 FM Lewisburg Tennessee Affiliate
WUMP 730 AM MadisonHuntsville Alabama Affiliate
W280BA 103.9 FM MadisonHuntsville Alabama WUMP relay
WMSR 1320 AM Manchester Tennessee Affiliate
W300BL 107.9 FM Manchester Tennessee WMSR relay
WAKI 1230 AM McMinnville Tennessee Affiliate
W221ED 92.1 FM McMinnville Tennessee WAKI relay
WKIM 98.9 FM Memphis Tennessee Affiliate
WCRK 1150 AM Morristown Tennessee Affiliate
W289BQ 105.7 FM Morristown Tennessee WCRK relay
WVJS 1420 AM Owensboro Kentucky Affiliate
W225CL 92.9 FM Owensboro Kentucky WVJS relay
WPAD 1560 AM Paducah Kentucky Affiliate
W258AN 99.5 FM Paducah Kentucky WPAD relay
WWKY-FM 104.9 FM Princeton Kentucky Affiliate
WKSR 1150 AM Pulaski Tennessee Affiliate
W265AQ 100.9 FM Pulaski Tennessee WKSR relay
W299CW 107.7 FM Pulaski Tennessee WKSR relay
WWIC 1050 AM Scottsboro Alabama Affiliate
W243CU 96.5 FM Sebree Kentucky WSON relay
WVNN-FM 92.5 FM TrinityHuntsville Alabama WVNN simulcast
W294CV 106.7 FM Tullahoma Tennessee WMSR relay
WQAK 105.7 FM Union City Tennessee Affiliate
WQMV 1060 AM Waverly Tennessee Affiliate
W228DG 93.5 FM Waverly Tennessee WQMV relay
WCDT 1340 AM Winchester Tennessee Affiliate

See also

References

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