Stay up-to-date with the latest in Tennessee athletics Monday thru Friday on your afternoon commute as SportsTalk brings you the best coverage of the University of Tennessee. With over 60 years of combined coverage in Knoxville, the co-hosts have a plethora of connections and pride themselves in bringing their audience credible information.
SportsTalk welcomes guests every week from around the country that range from NFL reporter John McClain, ESPN broadcaster Jerry Punch and Brent Hubbs of Volquest, who hands off the latest in Tennessee recruiting. Wilkerson and Hyams also bring on play-by-play broadcaster of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Keith, former Tennessee Basketball assistant coach, Mark Pancratz, and Vols Baseball coach, Tony Vitello, seasonally.
Each show begins with the news & notes section where Hymas breaks down what is currently going on in the world of sports. Stay glued in until 6 p.m. where the two unravel The ‘Sports Fix @ 6’ that comes with a prize each and every day. SportsTalk is WNML’s longest-tenured show as the two co-hosts have been partners since 1998 – back when the show was aired in the afternoons on 990 WNOX.
SportsTalk welcomes calls at 656-9900 as the large and loyal listening base ask the two co-hosts questions regarding Tennessee football and everything else. For a complete layout of SportsTalk prior to the show, and updates on guests and times during the show, follow @SportsRadioWNML on Twitter.
About the Hosts
John Wilkerson is a 1988 graduate of the University of Tennessee and has been working in Knoxville radio ever since. The longtime Voice of the Tennessee Baseball team has been seen at Lindsey Nelson Stadium since the 1990 season and has acted as the Tennessee football and men’s basketball studio host for IMG’s Vol Network dating back to 1994. You can hear Wilkerson all over the WNML airwaves – year around – as the seasoned radio veteran has broadcasted high school football in the Knoxville area since the mid-90s. The VFL also hosts 99.1 The Sports Animal’s NFL Report that is carried every Sunday from 10am to 12:30pm during football season. Follow John on Twitter HERE.
Jimmy Hyams has been breaking the top sports stories in Knoxville since 1985 after spending 16 years in Louisiana where he began his career. The four-time Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year and two-time Tennessee Broadcaster of the Year is a registered Heisman voter and wrote for the Knoxville News-Sentinel from 1985-1998 before transitioning into talk radio. The acting Sports Director for Cumulus Knoxville, Hyams also covers SEC football for Lindy’s Magazine. The former collegiate baseball player has been with WNML for 20 years. Follow Jimmy on Twitter HERE.
Vince Ferrara is another name you will hear on SportsTalk as the versatile voice joins John & Jimmy routinely on the show each week either filling in for the guys or as the Tuesday 4pm hour guest. He’s also the host of In The Cage MMA Radio with Tim Loy on 99.1 The Sports Animal. Ferrara has been covering Tennessee athletics for Learfield/IMG’s Vol Network since 2013. – acting as a game analyst and play-by-play announcer for Tennessee baseball alongside lead voice John Wilkerson, pregame football and men’s basketball player interview and various other roles. He’s the play-by-play voice of KOC High School Football Game of the Week on AM 990 partnering with analyst Don Mahoney. Away from the station, Ferrara does MMA lead commentary for Valor Fighting Challenge pay-per-views, as well as SEC Network+ play-by-play broadcasts. Vince also is a regular panelist on WATE-TV 6’s highly rated Sunday morning TV show The Sports Source. Find his broadcasting samples and demos at VinceSports.net. Read his blogs on UT and much more. Follow Vince on Twitter HERE.
Sam Forman produces 99.1 The Sports Animal’s afternoon show, SportsTalk. Sam was the Sports Director at WUTK’s sports department at the University of Tennessee. He also joins the list of intern success stories at our station. He, like numerous before him, took advantage of his opportunity with hard work and an understanding of the local sports scene to turn that internship into a regular staff position. Sam is a Philadelphia Phillies fan and the friendly voice you’ll hear when you call in to talk to the guys on the show. Sam has a blog on our website called the Forman Files. Follow Sam on Twitter HERE.
Ben Hardy helps produce SportsTalk, as well as fills in as a producer for a combination of both news and sports programs on both WNML and its sister station WOKI. Ben is a 2005 graduate of MTSU. Ben has spent time directing newscasts for WVLT and WATE television here in Knoxville. He also spent eight years at Scripps Networks as a broadcast operations technician for HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, and Great American Country. More recently Ben worked as the director and producer for the nightly program Tennessee Sports Night on Fox 43 and WNML. Ben has also directed several independent documentary films covering a variety of topics, such as Betamax and the Antikythera Mechanism. Having earned the Eagle Scout award in his youth, Ben still enjoys volunteering with local scout programs in the Great Smoky Mountain Council, including Venturing and Sea Scouts, and was a 2019 Silver Beaver recipient. Follow Ben on YouTube here and on Twitter HERE.
3:05 – News & Notes (sponsored by Image Matters)
6:05 – The Sports Fix at Six (sponsored by many different businesses providing prizes)
3:35 to 4:35 – Dr. Jerry Punch – ESPN (sponsored by New Balance Knoxville)
5:05 – Rob Lewis – Volquest
4 to 5 – Vince Ferrara – 99.1 The Sports Animal/Vol Network (sponsored by Waters Equipment Company)
5:05 – John McClain – Houston Chronicle
5 to 6 – Brent Hubbs – Volquest (sponsored by Diversified Enclosures & Screen)
3:35 – Jesse Smithey – 5StarPreps
6:35 – Steve Hamer – Vols hoops VFL
UT Practice Report – Football and Basketball seasons (sponsored by Pools By Heritage)
UT Media Day Report (sponsored by Chattanooga Whiskey)
UT Injury Report
UT’s Press Conference Review
Officiating Hour with Gerald Hodges (sponsored by AG Heins and Company)
Pigskin Panel with John Pennington and VFL Will Overstreet (sponsored by Phoenix Conversions)
Picks Panel with a different guest picker each week (sponsored by Twin Peaks)
High School Breakout Player
Tony Vitello – Vols Baseball head coach
Mark Pancratz – Former Vols Staffer (sponsored by Gambuzza’s Barbershop)
Mike Keith – PBP Voice & Director of Broadcasting for Tennessee Titans (sponsored by Goforth Tires)
Mike Murray “Slap Shots Hockey Segment” – Knoxville Ice Bears GM
Al Brown – former basketball coach (sponsored by Matlock Tire Service & Auto Repair)