KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lost a legend on Wednesday. The Vol Network issued a statement announcing the passing of Tennessee broadcasting giant John Ward.
Tennessee has lost its Voice. pic.twitter.com/ayqMRqH6wU
— Vol Network (@VolNetwork_IMG) June 21, 2018
Ward handled play-by-play duties for the University of Tennessee from 1965 through 1999, in addition to the Vols’ coaches shows in football and basketball.
Ward was 87 years old.
We have lost a legend, he was our eyes and for me he mentored, inspired and was a friend. pic.twitter.com/dD0BIGMGoc
— Brent Hubbs (@Brent_Hubbs) June 21, 2018
John Ward was a one-of-a-kind voice and mind. Blessed with a vocabulary that could not be matched, he worked in an age pre-cable/satellite tv glut. #Vols fans NEEDED him to deliver their UT action every week… and that helped create a unique bond. There will never be another.
— The Sports Source (@SportsSourceTV) June 21, 2018
R.I.P. to the legendary Tennessee Vols voice, John Ward. At a very young age in the backyard, I remember running into the end zone against my friends and yelling, “Give Him 6!” His love for the Vols and the state of Tennessee will live on forever.
— Todd Kelly Jr. (TK) (@ToddKellyJr) June 21, 2018
It simply doesn’t stop this summer of loss we’re in. The Voice of the Volunteers, John Ward has passed away. “Give him 6” & “it’s football time in Tennessee” among his noteworthy catch phrases. John, like The Great Lindsey Nelson also from Tennessee had tremendous influence. RIP
— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) June 21, 2018
When it came to UT sports, listening to John Ward was almost as good as watching the game. In fact, many Vol fans at many games brought their radios to make sure they could do both. John was a generous, courteous, enthusiastic ambassador for @UTKnoxville. We will miss him. https://t.co/FEw8vyIJiZ
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) June 21, 2018