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City of license Knoxville, Tennessee
Broadcast area Knoxville, Tennessee
Branding Country Radio 850
Frequency 850 kHz
First air date 1953
Format Classic Country
Power 50,000 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 66618
Transmitter coordinates 36°4′12″N 83°58′19″W / 36.07000°N 83.97194°W / 36.07000; -83.97194Coordinates: 36°4′12″N 83°58′19″W / 36.07000°N 83.97194°W / 36.07000; -83.97194
Owner Blount Broadcasting Corporation
Website wkvl.com

WKVL (850 AM, "The Voice of Knoxville") is a radio station broadcasting a Classic country format. Licensed to Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, the station serves the Knoxville area. The station is currently owned by Blount Broadcasting Corporation.


This station was country music WIVK in the 1970s, simulcasting WIVK-FM because it lacked a nighttime signal. In the mid-80s it was adult contemporary WHIG but later returned to the WIVK simulcast. Then it was all news while WUTK, owned by the University of Tennessee.

On July 2, 2010, the classic country music returned to the airwaves. The station targeted '50s through '80s country. The local lineup included Bob Lewellyn, Eddie Beacon, Tee Blackman and newcomer Tim Byrd.[1][2]

In May of 2013, Blount Broadcasting Corporation, owner of WKVL and WLOD, entered into a time brokerage agreement[3] with Oak Ridge FM who moved their News/Talk format from WNOX, which they had recently sold. WKVL currently simulcasts with WLOD.

On March 31, 2014 WKVL changed their format to classic country.[4]


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