SportTalk

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SportTalk has been an afternoon destination for more than a generation for Chattanooga fans, fanatics, and even those who are the most casual sports followers.  The history of the show goes back to 1986, when J David Miller a writer for SPORT Magazine (The SPORT in SportTalk) began an evening call-in show on 1150 WGOW-AM.  In 1989, a regular caller turned Character joined the show.  Doctor Basketball (Gary Haskew) became an entertainment fixture in Chattanooga and ushered in an era of personality Talk Radio that helped build WGOW-AM, and later WGOW- FM, into a ratings and revenue powerhouse.  Doc positioned himself as an expert on all things….sports and otherwise.   His larger than life persona was a huge part of the growth of Talk in Chattanooga.  He and his brother Jerre helped grow SportTalk from 1990 to 1999.
In 2000, The Mighty Quake (Scott McMahen) was named co-host of SportTalk and the legend of Quake and SportTalk ramped up exponentially.  Quake’s expertise and personality grew the show into the powerhouse it remains today. Cowboy Joe (Varner) joined the show as producer and on-air co-host that same year, responsible for what comes out of the speakers on a daily basis. Over the past 17 years, the trio became a staple of Afternoon Drive in Metro Chattanooga.

Sadly, we lost Doctor Basketball on July 4, 2016.   We mourn his passing and celebrate a life well lived and well loved.  We miss Gary every day.  SportTalk and Chattanooga Radio honor his memory.

The tradition continues with Quake, Cowboy Joe, and now, Dave Hooker–a veteran observer and reporter of all things Tennessee and SEC. Dave’s background is in print, where he worked for the Knoxville News-Sentinel for several years. Dave also worked with the Sports Animal in Knoxville and on other SportsRadio shows in Knoxville, plus has written for several football-centric websites. Dave brings his extensive contacts and experience to SportTalk as a co-host of the show with Scott McMahen and Joe Varner. Dave’s sports knowledge plus sense of humor makes him an ideal fit for SportTalk on 102.3 FM.

Drive home with the guys weekday afternoons 3 til 7 on TalkRadio 102.3 FM!

Blogs

2018 High School Football Review: Week 1 (AUDIO)

2018 High School Football Review: Week 1 (AUDIO)

It was a wild night in the Tennessee Valley. Storms raged as teams tried to complete their Week 1 games. Join Cowboy and Coca-Cola Red Zone Sideline Reporter Jeff Cate as they discuss the wet and wild action of Week 1 High School Football.

JR’s Family Skate

JR’s Family Skate

A bonus video of the day….showing the skill and grace of a 63 year old man.  –JR

Dave’s Dish: Fulmer talks Pruitt and recruiting

Dave’s Dish: Fulmer talks Pruitt and recruiting

Tennessee’s 2018 class ranked 20th in the nation. That’s admirable for Jeremy Pruitt who had only a week to address the inaugural early signing period. However, it’s certainly reasonable to think it could have been better had Pruitt had more time to recruit for the Vols.   In a recent interview with WGOW, UT athletic…

Dave’s Dish: Keys to NSD for Vols

Dave’s Dish: Keys to NSD for Vols

Jeremy Pruitt certainly faced plenty of challenges as he attempted to assemble the best possible 2018 class for Tennessee.   Now the first-year head coach, the former Alabama defensive coordinator had to fill out his coaching staff, address the bizarre Jauan Jennings’ situation and, oh yeah, he had to put together a recruiting class with…