The Erik Ainge Show with Brian Rice 9a-12p

The Erik Ainge Show with Brian Rice 9a-12p

Get a feel for what it’s like to be a Tennessee Football player every weekday from 9 am-12 pm on the Erik Ainge Show.

The EA Show dives deep into the playbook as VFL Erik Ainge takes the audience inside the huddle following every Tennessee Football game. Have questions on play-calling, personnel moves or need help scouting Saturday’s opponent? Dial or text into the EA Show at 865-656-9900 and pick the brains of Ainge and co-host Brian Rice.

Working together, the two personalities give you an inside perspective of not only Tennessee Football, but the entire athletic department as well. The EA Show welcomes former and current Tennessee athletes on the show, coaches on the hill and even Athletic Director Danny White from time to time.

There is no off season for The EA Show as the three-hour program gives you the latest in football recruiting and news from around the Southeastern Conference.

Be sure to listen for the ‘Game Plan’ every morning at 9:05 that lays out the landscape for the day’s show. Also, you won’t want to miss ‘Florida, Georgia or Alabama’ – an entertaining game where listeners guess which state some of the weirdest and moronic news take place.

About the Hosts
Erik Ainge played quarterback at the University of Tennessee from 2004-2007 and racked up numerous awards and honors from the SEC and across college football in the process. He was then drafted by the New York Jets in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Following a three-year stint with the Jets, Ainge returned to Knoxville where he began a career in sales and radio. The VFL joined 99.1 The Sports Animal in the fall of 2016.

Follow Erik on Twitter HERE.

Brian Rice is a native of Knoxville and two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, Brian spent a combined 15 years in the UT Athletics Media Relations office as a student assistant, graduate assistant, consultant and from 2013-16 served as the full-time writer for Brian was named the new play-by-play voice of the historic Tennessee Lady Vols basketball program. He has called Tennessee Softball games for the Vol Network and 99.1 The Sports Animal since 2010, becoming the full-time voice in 2013. The former UT staffer has also called dozens of games in soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball for and SEC Network+. Rice joined 99.1 The Sports Animal full-time in January 2017.

Follow Brian on Twitter HERE.

Show Producer/Midday Update Anchor
Charley Collier
produces The Erik Ainge Show. Collier graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2021, and spent several years hosting a radio show before joining the Sports Animal in 2024. He also spent several summers broadcasting collegiate summer baseball, including a season as the Head of Media for the Thomasville Hi-Toms. Collier is currently the play-by-play voice of Morristown West High School. A native of Franklin, TN, Collier has been at every Tennessee Titans home game since the 2006 season.

To interact on the show, call or text us during the show at 865-656-9900. To contact the show when it’s off the air, contact Charley Collier at [email protected] or on social media via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Download the free station mobile app powered by Big Kahuna Wings to listen to the show anywhere and on-demand.

Daily Features

  • 9:02 am – The Game Plan presented by Keith Powell Heating & Cooling
  • 10:00 am – 10 O’Clock Reset
  • 11:50am – What Did We Learn Today

Weekly Segments


  • Performance of the Weekend (The best thing or player observed over the weekend)
  • Vols Against the Maxims (During Football Season)


  • Around the SEC/SEC Power Rankings (Football thru December& Basketball thru March
  • 10:30am – Ryan Callahan Recruiting Report (Go Vols 247)
  • 11am – Florida, Alabama or Georgia presented by Hound Dogs


  • Big Topic Wednesday
  • VFL in the NFL (Thru February) Stats & Updates on Tennessee & Local players in the NFL


  • Jessee Smithey (5 Star Preps) Previews the best matchups & biggest stories in High School Sports
  • NFL Preview (Aug. – Jan.) Features the biggest matchups of the weekend, players to watch, etc.
  • Florida, Alabama or Georgia presented by Hound Dogs
  • Upset of the Week with Tyler Wyatt (Betsmart) Picking the teams most likely to be upset this weekend


  • 10:30am – SEC Weekend Preview
  • 11:30am – Tennessee Opponent Preview

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