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Erik Ainge of Tennessee Sports Radio is key source for national media
Within minutes of the University of Tennessee’s announcement on Friday that Butch Jones had been named new head football coach for the Volunteers, Erik Ainge’s phone was ringing off the hook.
A legendary Tennessee quarterback who later played for the NFL’s New York Jets, Ainge now has a devoted national following who tune in to his daily four-hour show. His humorous, irreverent and always-accurate reporting has made Ainge’s show the fastest growing radio program in Tennessee, but he is quick to point out that his is more than “just” a radio show.
“We are sports entertainment,”
The numbers support what Ainge says. He currently has more than 28,000 Twitter followers who interact with him all day, his podcasts are downloaded 11,000 times every week, and his blog gets more than 25,000 unique weekly views. Nearly 30,000 phones are currently using the free Tennessee Sports Radio app to listen in and interact with his show.
Ainge was 17-5 as a starter at University of Tennessee. As a senior in 2007, he passed for 3,522 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. Despite throwing 513 passes his senior year, he was only sacked three times. He completed 62.6 percent of his passes and had a 135.48 QB rating.
Ainge set a number of school records during his time with the Vols, including a stellar senior season in 2007 in which he set marks for touchdown passes in a game (seven, against Kentucky in a 52-50 win), completions and attempts (325 and 519), and had the second-best season for yardage with 3,522, only behind Peyton Manning’s 3,819 in his senior season.
For more information about Tennessee Sports Radio and The Erik Ainge Show, visit http://www.TNSportsRadio.com or download the free Tennessee Sports Radio app.