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Legendary UT play-by-play voice John Ward passes away

Wednesday night, legendary former University of Tennessee play-by-play commentator John Ward passed away at the age of 88 following a lengthy illness.

Ward, long known as the “Voice of the Vols,” called football for the Vol Network from 1968 to 1998’s national championship game and also was the voice of Big Orange basketball during that same time.

Some of his legendary lines included: “It’s Football time in Tennessee;” “Give him six!” and, when the Vols won the 1998 football title, “The national champion is clad in Big Orange.”

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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