Broadcast areaKnoxville metropolitan area
Frequency99.1 MHz
Branding99.1 The Sports Animal
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
Tennessee Smokies Radio Network
Knoxville Ice Bears
University of Tennessee Vol Network
First air date
January 5, 1989; 33 years ago (1989-01-05)
Former call signs
  • WLOD-FM (1988–1991)
  • WNOX (1991–1997)
  • WNOX-FM (1997–2005)[1]
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID7998
ERP6,000 watts
HAAT93 meters (305 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
35°47′10.00″N 84°17′24.00″W / 35.7861111°N 84.2900000°W / 35.7861111; -84.2900000
WebcastListen live

WNML-FM (99.1 MHz; "99.1 The Sports Animal") is a commercial radio station licensed to Friendsville, Tennessee, and serving the Knoxville metropolitan area. It simulcasts a sports radio format with sister station WNML 990 AM and is owned by Cumulus Media. The studios and offices are on Old Kingston Pike in the Sequoyah Hills section of West Knoxville.

WNML-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 6,000 watts. The transmitter is on Nicole Court, off U.S. Route 411, in Maryville.[2]


Most programming comes from CBS Sports Radio. WNML-AM-FM are the flagship radio stations for both the Tennessee Smokies Southern League Baseball radio network and the University of Tennessee Vol Network. The stations also carry Knoxville Ice Bears games in the Southern Professional Hockey League.


The station signed on the air on January 5, 1989; 33 years ago (1989-01-05).[3] Its original call sign was WLOD-FM, and its city of license was Loudon, Tennessee. It was owned by Dick Broadcasting, with Allen Dick serving as the chief executive officer. In 1991, WNOX-AM-FM and WIVK-FM were acquired by Citadel Broadcasting, which later merged with current owner Cumulus Media. WLOD-FM changed its call letters to WNOX-FM.

Over the years, formats included smooth jazz ("Double 99", simulcast with WNDD) and urban adult contemporary (X-99). Later, WNOX-FM started simulcasting talk radio station WNOX 990 AM.[4][5]

Logo from 2015-2020
Logo from 2015-2020


  1. ^ "Call Sign History (WNML-FM)". Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WNML-FM
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2000 page D-417, Broadcasting & Cable
  4. ^ "Radio Was/Knoxville". Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  5. ^ web.knoxnews.com http://web.knoxnews.com/entertainment/tvradio/radiostations.shtml. Retrieved 2009-03-05. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)