Hi Radio Lovers! The University of Tennessee, including the WUTK office, will be closed Monday, December 24 through Friday, December 28. We will be open for limited hours on Monday, December 31, and closed for New Year's Day on January 1, 2019. Our office will be open for regular hours (Monday - Friday, 9a-5:30p) resuming on Tuesday, January 2nd. We will still be rocking the great tunes, so don't touch that dial! Happy Holidays from our crew to yours, WUTK Staff and Students
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Head on over to MAGNOLIA RECORDS and drop your name in the registration box for your chance to win a pair of 4-day passes to BIG EARS 2019! You have until December 20th to stop in at Magnolia Records to enter our contest. The winner's name will be drawn live on the air Friday, December 21st... so tune in! Check out more info on 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.”
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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/
For those who don’t know, the Big 12/SEC Challenge is an annual college basketball event taking place between the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12. The conferences along with the athletic directors from the schools will create ten matchups between a Big 12 team and an SEC team. One of the greatest things about the event is that it isn't played at neutral sites. You do not have to travel to New York or the Bahamas, two popular locations where some early season tournaments are held. The Volunteers have been a team that’s regularly participated in the challenge, only missing out of the 2013-14 season which was the year it was created. Taking a quick look at the Vols and how they’ve fared in the event, they’ve done well. In Tennessee’s first year, Donnie Tyndall’s squad beat Bruce Weber and Kansas State in Knoxville, 65-64. The Vols went to TCU in 2015, Rick Barnes’s first year at the helm, and lost 75-63. Tennessee has won its last two outings vs the Big 12, 70-58 in 2017 at home and 68-45 this past season at Iowa State. This has led to a record of 3-1, but the SEC as a whole has seen better days. Going into the sixth year of the challenge, the Big 12 has won the challenge four times with the SEC winning last year 6-4. Although the times have not yet been set they probably will be as the season gets closer. Here are the 10 games with their locations: Alabama @ Baylor, Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas Arkansas @ Texas Tech, United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas Florida @ TCU, Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas Texas @ Georgia, Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia Kansas [...]