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City Knoxville, Tennessee
Broadcast area Knoxville, Tennessee
Branding Country Radio AM850 WKVL
Slogan Genuine Country
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
Callsign meaning W KnoxViLle
Former callsigns WHIG (1984)
WIVK (1984-1988)
WUTK (1988-1997)
WIOL (1997-1998)
WJBZ (1998-1999)
Owner Blount Broadcasting Corporation
Website wkvl.com

WKVL (850 AM, "The Voice of Knoxville") is a radio station 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-1980s 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 1950s through 1980s country. The local lineup included Bob Lewellyn, Eddie Beacon, Tee Blackman and newcomer Tim Byrd.[1][2]

In May 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]

On December 15, 2014 WKVL went silent. On December 14, 2015 WKVL returned to the air with classic country.


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