Wilkerson to Headline Baseball Luncheon

May 1, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The "Voice of Tennessee Baseball" John Wilkerson will be the guest speaker at the third Tennessee Baseball Luncheon of the year, set to be held Thursday, May 2, at noon in the MVP Club Room at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tickets for the luncheon will be $5 per person and UT Bullpen Club members will get in completely free. The Tennessee assistant coaches will also give the attendees an update on the season, talk about their roles with the team and preview this weekend's SEC series against Georgia. To RSVP for the event, contact Rachel Miller at (865) 974-9001.

A mainstay on the Vol Network's radio broadcasts of Tennessee baseball for the past 24 years, Wilkerson is in his 13th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Big Orange. His relationship with UT baseball dates back to 1988 (the same year he graduated from the university) and has run consecutively since the 1991 season.

Wilkerson's duties have ranged from doing public address at the ballpark to moving over to the broadcast booth where he joined former Vols and current Tennessee Titans announcer Mike Keith.

Boasting a nearly unmatched baseball IQ and an encyclopedic knowledge of the Vols' program, Wilkerson has called both of Tennessee's most recent trips to the NCAA College World Series in 2001 and 2005.

In addition to Tennessee baseball, Wilkerson is the scoreboard host for the Vol Network on both football and basketball broadcasts.

Formerly a morning sports anchor for WIVK and WNOX, he received the Associated Press award for Best Sportscast in the state five times over a six-year period.

In addition to his Vol Network assignments in the fall, Wilkerson - who resides in Knoxville with his wife, Pennye - also calls football games for Knoxville Catholic High School on WNML.

Since 1999, Wilkerson has been named the best play-by-play announcer in the state by the Associated Press on three occasions. Monday through Friday, he joins Jimmy Hyams on WNML SportsTalk from 3-7 p.m.

For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee baseball program, visit UTSports.com/baseball and follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter. To purchase tickets to future games, visit UTTix.com.





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