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For information about advertising with 99.1 THE Sports Animal please reach out to our Sales Manager Jack Lee at 865-660-9545 or by email at Jack.Lee@cumulus.com.

You can also contact one of our great Account Executives below for inquiries about advertisement with 99.1 THE Sports Animal – The Flagship Station of the Tennessee Vols!


Account Executive – Kent Wilkins

Kent is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Marketing and with over ten years of experience at WIVK helping automotive, financial and other retail clients increase their customer base.

Kent is very passionate about University of Tennessee Sports and customizes sports packages to meet the clients’ needs.  Kent is a Knoxville native of over 40 years and grew up listening to WIVK.

Call him at 865-660-9510 or e-mail kent.wilkins@cumulus.com


Account Executive – Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas has spent a lot of his life at one of our radio stations, WIVK. Bob previously spent 20 years at WIVK in sales while also hosting the highest-rated midday radio show in America for over 16 years.

Now he is glad to be representing the #1 Country station, the #1 SportsTalk Station and the #1 NewsTalk station! Bob spent 15 years in Los Angeles writing, producing and starring in commercials, TV shows and film. One of the highlights, he was Slammin’ Sammy Stands in the hit film FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. As a TV writer he wrote some of the most popular episodes of the huge hit, LIZZIE McGUIRE.

He owned the Knoxville Cherokees hockey team, one of the original teams of the East coast Hockey League. He served as the chairman of the Knoxville Christmas Parade for 16 years. For 5 years he was on the Board of the Cerebral Palsy Center for Handicapped Adults serving as their President for two years.

He is a previous winner of the City of Knoxville volunteer of the Year Award. Bob was elected to the Knox County Commission in 2014 representing the entire county. He is also on the Dogwood Arts Festival Board, the South’s premiere festival and is the Honorary Co-Chairman of the 2014-2015 Festival.

Bob has expertise in making things happen for clients because he sees the “big picture” having been on both sides of the advertising dynamic. You can contact me by calling 865-309-4364 or e-mail bob.thomas@cumulus.com


Account Executive – Valerie Wann

I have 16 years of media sales experience ( TV, radio, and print) specializing in the talk radio formats of Newstalk 98.7, WOKI and 99.1 The Sports Animal, WNML as well as our #1 Country Music station, 107.7 WIVK! Combined with my successful career as a Knoxville retail business owner, I’m able to offer you a unique perspective to marketing your business.

Knoxville has been my home for many ( many!) years and I share my love of UT sports and the Knoxville area with my daughter Olivia and son, Riley.

For more information about advertising on Newstalk 98.7,  Sports Radio WNML or Country Radio WIVK, call me anytime @ 865-256-9909 or email at Valerie.wann@cumulus.com.


Account Executive – Debbie Moss

I have lived in Knoxville since 1990.  I grew up in South Florida, and I went to college at the University of Wisconsin.  Prior to coming to work for Cumulus I worked for Scripps selling print advertising for many years.

I have been in sales since I started my career, and even though the product has changed, my dedication to my customers’ has remained the same.  I feel as though when you do right by others then life will do right by you!

You can reach me directly on my cell phone (865) 661-7071 or e-mail debbie.moss@cumulus.com


Account Executive – Megan McCauley

Hi! I can’t wait to meet you and help you grow your business!

I started my career in advertising sales fresh out of college after earning a Mass Communications degree in Electronic Media Management.  I spent the next 9 years honing my skills in both radio and TV at WBIR-TV, WVLT-TV, and Star 102.1.  I truly enjoyed working with my clients to help them find their best customers and exceed their sales goals.

I also enjoy partnering with business owners to help them identify and rectify their business needs through proper marketing and advertising.  I’ve spent the last 5 years as a business consultant for accounting/payroll and commercial insurance.  This has given me the opportunity to learn multiple facets of business and equip me with the tools and knowledge to be an asset to you and your business.

I recently decided to return to what I’m passionate about, and that is radio advertising!  I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to help you succeed through advertising on News Talk or Sports Radio.  These amazing stations provide niche audiences that you can’t find anywhere else!

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!”  Well, I LOVE what I do… and I’m REALLY good at it! 🙂 Please let me help you achieve your business goals.  Call me on my cell phone at (865)805-4139 or at the office at (865)212-4617 or e-mail me at megan.mccauley@cumulus.com


Kelly Troff – Account Executive

Hi! I am a Knoxville native. I have over 22 years of sales, marketing and management experience and I am committed to doing what is right for my customers. I like to think outside of the box in this ever changing world of advertising, social and digital media to ensure that your company gets the optimal growth possible. You will find that I have a very positive attitude, I am very responsive and get things done right the first time.

Contact me at 865-212-4695 or email at Kelly.troff@cumulus.com  to schedule a time to sit down face to face so I can learn about you and your business.


Account Executive -Mark Fricke

Mark started in radio as an on-air personality in 1979, but has spent the last 26 years as a leading developer of broadcast and digital marketing plans.

Mark returns to the South after many years “up North”. In his spare time Mark is an avid sports enthusiast and memorabilia collector as well as a musician.

Contact me so I can help your business, 865-770-8767, or mark.fricke@cumulus.com!


Account Executive – Dodie Manalac

Dodie Mañalac came to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1988 – fell in love with the city, and he decided to stay.

In 1996, Dodie got married, bought his first house and began his career in radio. In 2021, he celebrates his 25th anniversary in Media Sales, and what keeps him in the industry is his enjoyment of learning something new each day and serving as a key role in creatively growing his clients’ business by effectively using the radio and digital platforms.

Dodie’s passion is his family always feeling very lucky to have such a wonderful wife and two amazing daughters. He is a sports fanatic and his favorite activities are playing tennis and his love to laugh.

If interested in advertising, please contact Dodie Mañalac at 865.256.4082 or email him at Dodie.Manalac@cumulus.com.


Account Executive – Kara Kendig

I am delighted to be a part of the Cumulus family and I am excited to have a platform like WOKI and WNML to help you grow your business. I have over 15 years of sales experience in medical device, TV and radio advertising sales. I am a high energy sales rep that would like the opportunity to learn about your business and help you be known before you are needed.

I am a proud mother of a daughter, Finley and son, Cooper. I am a lover of sports – especially UT Football!

I would love an opportunity to work with you! Please call me at 865-212-4507 at email Kara.Kendig@Cumulus.com.


Account Executive – Red McMahan

I have worked in media for 24 years. I was raised in Knoxville, graduated from Fulton High School, where my love for radio began at WKCS 91.1, and attended the University of TN, Knoxville.

My career in advertising includes on air experience, production, promotions, and an emphasis on digital marketing including SEM, SEO, social media, and programmatic advertising.

As your marketing representative, I will meet with you face to face, be available to you by mobile when you have questions, and work with you weekly to ensure your business is increasing and that you understand how your marketing is running.

Contact me at Red.McMahan@cumulus.com


Account Executive – Josh Cantwell

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Josh is All Vol, All The Time, since Birth!

Originally from Morristown, Josh began his On-Air Radio career in the Fall of 2003 at WCRK-AM (Morristown) while attending Carson-Newman University.

This internship led to a role with Titans Radio in Nashville for the 2004 season working in many capacities, but highlighted with working the sidelines of Tennessee Titans home games.

At the season’s conclusion, Josh returned to East Tennessee to begin his career from the business side of Radio and has helped hundreds of local businesses grow throughout our area in the areas of not only Radio, but Television and Digital as well. He spent one year outside of Media serving as a Director of Recruitment before returning with our Cumulus team, because he missed working with local partners and seeing their businesses flourish through the Power of Advertising.

Josh’s passion is being a Family Man who doesn’t take life too seriously and is helped in that journey via his beautiful wife, Jessica, two amazing children, Camden & Camilla, and their pup, Sox.

Josh’s favorite pastimes are any & every sport as well as traveling! If you can give him a day of golf at a warm sunny beach, those are the days he lives for!

Josh’s motto is to “Work Hard, Play Harder, & Have the Most Fun Possible Doing Both!”

If you partner with Josh, his promise is that he’ll make sure that you’ll be taken care of, that you’ll have a great time working together with lots of laughs, and that he’ll do everything in his power to help you succeed more than ever before!

To help grow your business higher than you imagined and advertise on-air or online, contact Josh directly at 423-312-6695 or email him at Josh.Cantwell@Cumulus.com.

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