Wycheck to join Titans Radio broadcast team

One of the greatest players in franchise history, former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck is joining Mike Keith and Larry Stone as a member of the Titans Radio broadcast team.
NASHVILLE, TN, Jan. 21, 2005 -- Former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck will join the Titans Radio broadcast team of Mike Keith and Larry Stone in 2005, the Titans announced today.

Wycheck, whose retirement following the 2003 season capped an outstanding 11-year NFL playing career, spent last year working as a color analyst on Titans pre-season television and as a co-host of a daily morning sports talk show on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone. He also provided analysis during the Titans Radio Network pregame show.

"Frank is simply 'Mr. Titan,'" said Don MacLachlan, Titans Executive Vice President of Administration and Facilities. "When Frank decided to retire and remain in Nashville, he then expressed an interest in broadcasting, so it was just a natural fit to keep him in the family in this role."

Wycheck replaces Pat Ryan, whose contract recently expired.

"As excited as we are to have Frank as part of Titans Radio, he will have big shoes to fill. It took a special person like Frank for us to even consider a move on the broadcast. The team, Mr. Adams, the organization, and Titans Radio owe Pat Ryan a large debt of gratitude for helping us launch the Titans across the mid south. He will always hold a special place in our heart."

Keith, Wycheck and Stone will take to the air for the first time in April with coverage of the 2005 NFL Draft.

"I'm very excited about this opportunity," said Wycheck, who will be taking the next step in his broadcast career. “I have a great deal of respect for the job that the Titans Radio team has done over the years and I look forward to joining their team. My hope as a broadcaster is to bring honesty, insight and useful information to the Titans fans listening to the games.”

Wycheck, whose 505 career receptions upon his retirement ranked fourth all-time among tight ends behind Shannon Sharpe (815), Ozzie Newsome (662) and Kellen Winslow (541), left the game as not only one of the top pass catchers in team annals, but also one of the most revered members of the franchise.

Wycheck led the team in reception five consecutive seasons from 1996-2000, but his role in the Music City Miracle is the play that will forever tie him to the Titans. In the team’s Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills (1/8/00), he provided perhaps the signature play of his career – and the signature play of the team's tenure in Tennessee. On a kickoff return with 16 seconds remaining and the Titans trailing 16-15, Wycheck lateraled the ball to Kevin Dyson, who sprinted 75 yards down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown. The Titans went on make their first Super Bowl appearance (XXXIV) against the St. Louis Rams.

Wycheck delivered arguably his greatest game three years later in the team’s Divisional Playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers (1/11/03) at the Coliseum, posting career highs with 10 receptions for 123 yards, including a crucial, go-ahead, seven-yard touchdown from quarterback Steve McNair.
 
Wycheck, a tireless volunteer in the community who has worked on numerous projects, including his annual motorcycle ride for Special Olympics, joins a broadcast already recognized as one of the best in the National Football League. Led by the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, Titans Radio has won numerous awards for play-by-play, sports reporting, and on-air presentation.
 
Since becoming the Titans play-by-play voice in 1999, Keith has won the Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year Award three times. Just this fall, the "Nashville Achievement In Radio Awards" recognized Titans Radio's pregame, Titans Countdown, for outstanding sports reporting.
 
"The Titans association with our radio network, both in Nashville and around the region, is truly special and unique,'' MacLachlan said. "Mike and Larry's commitment to spreading the excitement around Titans football continues year-round. I'm confident that Frank will quickly become as much a part of Sunday afternoons on our great radio stations across the mid south as Mike and Larry already are. Playing all those years, Frank obviously has a lot of knowledge of the game, but he also shown an ability to share that knowledge with his listeners."
 
Following coverage of the NFL Draft, Wycheck will continue in August when pre-season action begins. More than 80 stations across the region carry Keith, Wycheck and Stone each week, making Titans Radio the largest radio network in the National Football League. The games are heard in Nashville on 103 WKDF.

Wycheck began his NFL career in 1993 with the Washington Redskins and two years later was claimed off waivers by the Houston Oilers in 1995. A two-time All-Catholic and first-team All-City selection for the Raiders of Archbishop Ryan High in Philadelphia, Pa., Wycheck went on to play at the University of Maryland, where he left as the school's all-time leading receiver with 134 receptions for 1,195 yards.

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