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Come tickle your tastebuds and support college radio at the 6th Annual WUTK Beer Dinner at Sunspot Restaurant! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 13th from 6p-9p at Sunspot Restaurant at 2200 Cumberland Ave, and make your reservation TODAY (Sunspot phone #865-637-4663). Sunspot Restaurant will prepare a five-course meal, and pair each course with a delicious craft beer from CalfKiller Brewing Company from Sparta, TN. ALL PROCEEDS from ticket sales will benefit WUTK 90.3 FM. We'll have valuable raffle prizes all night, including VIP Ice Bears tickets, UT Men's Basketball tickets, UT Lady Vols basketball tickets, concert tickets, and more! Stay tuned to WUTK for more detailed information as it's released! CHEERS TO THAT!

2018-10-16T13:25:08+00:00

Come tip a glass and support WUTK at Bearden Beer Market! On Wednesday, October 24th from 6-9p, BBM will donate a portion of proceeds from featured pints to Volunteer Radio. We'll CHEERS to that! Check out the Info on the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

2018-10-16T13:25:25+00:00

Big Ears 2019!

Big Ears Festival 2019 Lineup Announced! The mission of the Big Ears Festival is to create, nurture, and support artistic expression and cultural education that transcends traditional boundaries, strengthens and builds relationships, and connects across communities through genre-defying music, film, arts programming, and interactive experiences presented in Knoxville, TN. Founded in 2009, Big Ears is a singular festival experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines. Big Ears is a weekend of world-class musical performances that celebrates Knoxville’s historic theaters, nightclubs, churches, museums, and outdoor spaces with concerts, discussions, interactive workshops, installations, film screenings, surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions. It celebrates the never-ending adventure of artistic creation and exploration. Annually, the festival supports 100+ performances of music, film, and art over four days.  Community engagement typically includes 50+ panels, workshops, and performances that are free and open to the public. In 2016, Big Ears was hailed by The New York Times as “the widest-angle music festival in the country, bridging the spaces between the classical tradition, improvised music, electronics and guitars,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “the most open-minded music gathering in the country.”  

Big Ears 2019!2018-09-25T15:29:10+00:00

Thanks for your love on College Radio Day – there’s still premiums up for bid!

HUGE THANKS to all our listeners and donors on College Radio Day! We still have a few premiums left for donations, so let us know if there's something you want! All proceeds go directly to WUTK, and help keep us on the air. Join WUTK and college radio stations across the nation for COLLEGE RADIO DAY! The aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, international awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. It is hoped that those people who do tune in like what they hear and become regular listeners. The organizers of College Radio Day believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place where those involved in its programming believe passionately in its mission. College radio is the only free live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists on a regular basis. Indeed, many famous and successful bands today, owe their initial break to being played on college radio. Put simply, college radio is an important part of the media landscape because of its unique and fearless programming. Call 865-974-5242 to claim a premium below! ITEM  / DATE OF EVENT / REQUESTED DONATION AMOUNT (2) tickets to UT Football vs. Kentucky 1st level, north endzone - Sat. Nov. 10, 2018 -$100 (4) tickets to UT Football vs. Missouri - 1st level, north endzone - Sat. Nov. 17, 2018  - $200 (4) VIP tickets to opening night of Ice Bears vs. Evansville Thunderbolts - Thurs. Oct. [...]

Thanks for your love on College Radio Day – there’s still premiums up for bid!2018-10-08T10:52:13+00:00

Inside the Schedule: Tennessee Volunteers

Written by: Jake Wallman (@WallmanE75) It’s that time of year again, i've already seen pictures of Halloween candy hitting the shelves in stores. Plus Starbucks debuted their annual “Pumpkin Spice” flavor this week, even though summer's just now dwindling down. Game week is finally here for the Tennessee Volunteers and the long what for Big Orange football is finally over. The boys in orange kickoff their 2018 campaign under first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt this Saturday, Sept. 1st in Charlotte, N.C. in the Belk Kickoff Classic against the 17th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers. The Vols are coming off a rough 2017 campaign that ended with a 4-8 record, the worst in school history and also saw the firing of Butch Jones after a lopsided loss to Missouri on November 11th. Fans in Knoxville seem to have plenty of positive vibes despite the team coming off of an uncharacteristically down year. Here are my game-by-game picks for the 2018 Tennessee Vols. Week One (Sept. 1) Tennessee vs. No.12 West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C. Mountaineers Head Coach Dana Holgorsen enters his eighth year in Morgantown and each year he’s been searching for the “lightning in a bottle” type of magic he found in year one with a 2011 Orange Bowl victory. This game is set as the CBS Game of the Week as the college football season gets underway and is set for a 3:30 p.m. eastern kickoff. Most of the nation will tune in for this one with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson in the booth. West Virginia is returning an offense that might as well be ranked in the top 10 with Will Grier at quarterback. A lot of people see him as a Heisman dark horse if [...]

Inside the Schedule: Tennessee Volunteers2018-08-31T17:21:45+00:00

Grizzlies waive Kobi Simmons

Written by: Jacob Boughter (@jacob_boughter) On August 28th, the Memphis Grizzlies waived fan favorite Kobi Simmons, who played for the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season. Simmons was a McDonald’s All-American in 2016 and played one season of college basketball at Arizona before going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. The Grizzlies signed the 6-5 combo guard to the NBA’s first ever two-way contract on July 1st, 2017. Simmons played in 32 games for Memphis last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 assists per game on 42.3% shooting. He spent the rest of the season in north Mississippi with the Memphis Hustle. A contributing factor to Simmons being waived could have been the recent signing of Shelvin Mack for the Grizzlies. Mack has played in the NBA for seven seasons and was a member of the Orlando Magic last year. Simmons being waived is also possibly due to the return of Mike Conley for the 2018-19 season, after he missed all but 12 games last season. This makes Simmons the fifth point guard on the team behind Conley, Mack, Garrett Temple, and Andrew Harrison, putting him in a position where his value dropped do to the number of point guard in Memphis. It has been rumored that the Grizzlies waived Simmons to free up a roster spot for hometown hero Markel Crawford. Crawford played for both the University of Memphis and Ole Miss during his college career and was recently signed to a camp deal with the Grizzlies. The high-scoring guard most recently played for the Grizzlies during the 2018 Summer League season, where he averaged 9.6 points in 18 minutes per game. The Grizzlies now have one of their allotted two two-way contracts open, with Japanese [...]

Grizzlies waive Kobi Simmons2018-08-31T14:20:52+00:00

Drive By Truckers with Adam's House Cat at Bijou Theatre 9/27/18

Thursday, September 27th! Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD AT 10AM! Ticket Link HERE Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with AMERICAN BAND, they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. A powerful and legitimately provocative work, hard edged and finely honed, the album is the sound of a truly American Band a Southern American band speaking on matters that matter. DBT made the choice to direct the Way We Live Now head on, employing realism rather than subtext or symbolism to purge its makers’ own anger, discontent, and frustration with societal disintegration and the urban/rural divide that has partitioned the country for close to a half-century. Master songwriters both, Hood and Cooley wisely avoid overt polemics to explore such pressing issues as race, income inequality, the NRA, deregulation, police brutality, Islamophobia, and the plague of suicides and opioid abuse. As a result, songs like “What It Means” and the tub-thumping “Kinky Hypocrites” are intensely human music from a rock ’n’ roll band yearning for community and collective action. Fueled by a just spirit of moral indignation and righteous rage, AMERICAN BAND is protest music fit for the stadiums, designed to raise issues and ire as the nation careens towards its most momentous election in a generation. AMERICAN BAND’s considerable force can in part be credited to the sheer musical strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s two-decade history. AMERICAN BAND follows ENGLISH OCEANS and 2015’s IT’S GREAT TO BE ALIVE!, [...]

Drive By Truckers with Adam's House Cat at Bijou Theatre 9/27/182018-08-01T15:48:37+00:00

Honoring a VFL: John Ward

At first, I chose not to write this article as I didn’t know if I could honor a legend in the right way. The more I thought about it, the more I thought about how John Ward would’ve wanted me too on the adage that you need to take every opportunity you can get and run with it. Being born in 1996 and with John retiring officially after the 1999 basketball season, most would say I don’t know who John is. Well with the power of YouTube where a lot of John’s broadcasts are and thanks to Vol For Life Films, I’ve heard him more than you might think.     John Ward was everything to Tennessee fans, especially in East Tennessee. When a fan didn’t have the opportunity to go to a game, it was straight to the closest radio and his voice would be the one to greet them, “Hello everyone, this is John Ward of the VolNetwork.” He would describe everything down to the last detail. He and the late Bill Anderson, the late color guy that sat next to John in the Neyland Stadium press box for three decades, would be overly homer for Tennessee without going overboard. You knew who they wanted to win and they never made the game about themselves. Those two were the best broadcasting duo that may ever grace this Earth. His storied calls are quotes that will be remembered forever, and they will be something I will show my kids someday:     “Did he make it? The crowd tells you. GOOD-AH JOB!” – Georgia vs Tennessee, 1995  “Give. Him. Six!!!” – after every touchdown Tennessee scored for over three decades  “Bottom! Bang!” – words tossed around in basketball broadcasts for Tennessee basketball  Or two of [...]

Honoring a VFL: John Ward2018-06-28T14:20:14+00:00

The latest WUTK 90.3 The Rock Volunteer Radio WEEKLY PLAYLIST.

Reported to the NACC Radio Charts  https://naccchart.com/ The North American College & Community Chart tabulates weekly airplay from College and Non-Commercial radio stations in The US & Canada. http://www.naccchart.com  WUTK Music Charts: Week of 06/12/18 WUTK Music Charts: Week of 06/12/18 Top 30 New Records/Regular Rotation 1 FATHER JOHN MISTY God's Favorite Customer Sub Pop 2 ST VINCENT "Fast Slow Disco" [Single] Loma Vista/Concord 3 COURTNEY BARNETT Tell Me How You Really Feel Mom + Pop 4 NINE INCH NAILS "God Break Down The Door" [Single] Capitol 5 ZIGGY MARLEY Rebellion Rises Tuff Gong Worldwide 6 BOMBINO Deran Partisan 7 SLIGHTLY STOOPID "If You Want It" (featuring Alborosie) [Single] Stoopid 8 BROWNOUT Fear Of A Brown Planet Fat Beats 9 JOHN PAUL KEITH Heart Shaped Shadow (feat. Will Sexton) Last Chance 10 JUNGLE "Happy Man/House In LA" [Single] XL 11 LET'S EAT GRANDMA I'm All Ears [Advance Tracks] Transgressive/PIAS 12 GORILLAZ The Now Now [Advance Tracks] Parlophone 13 BEACH HOUSE Seven (7) Sub Pop 14 ANDERSON PAAK "Bubblin" [Single] Aftermath 15 SARAH SHOOK AND THE DISARMERS Years Bloodshot 16 WHITE DENIM "Magazin" [Single] City Slang 17 AMERICAN AQUARIUM Things Change New West 18 CHILDISH GAMBINO "This is America" [Single] RCA 19 STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Sparkle Hard Matador 20 WEBB WILDER Powerful Stuff! Landslide 21 BLACK PUMAS "Black Moon Rising" [Single] Self-Released 22 WEEZER "Africa" [Single] Atlantic 23 NEKO CASE Hell-On Anti- 24 PHANTOGRAM "Someday / Saturday" [Single] American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 25 MYSTIC BOWIE Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads Red River 26 LAKE STREET DIVE Free Yourself Up Nonesuch 27 PARQUET COURTS Wide Awake! Rough Trade 28 LEON BRIDGES Good Thing Columbia 29 HATCHIE Suger & Spice [EP] Double Double Whammy 30 LUCERO "For [...]

The latest WUTK 90.3 The Rock Volunteer Radio WEEKLY PLAYLIST.2018-06-12T02:00:04+00:00

Ben Rector hits the Mill and Mine for 2 nights. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

Ben Rector's new video "Old Friends" Ticket Link for the 10/25/18 Thursday show. Ben Rector on wiki https://www.benrectormusic.com/ Ben Rector's new album is called Magic! http://themillandmine.com/  

Ben Rector hits the Mill and Mine for 2 nights. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.2018-06-11T10:10:38+00:00