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Former 'Voice of the Vols' John Ward dies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Former "Voice of the Vols" John Ward, a legendary broadcaster for Vols sports for over three decades, passed away Wednesday evening at his home in Knoxville. 

Ward, who was also a legendary advertising executive, served as the play-by-play announcer for the Vols from 1965 until 1999. He started broadcasting UT basketball games in 1964 and football games in 1968. 

The legendary sports figure was also an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, where he received a law degree. 

He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, who passed away last year.  

Vol Network released a statement regarding Ward's death. 


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