MICHAEL THOMASON | THE ADVOCATE & DEMOCRAT
Voice of the Vols Bob Kesling displays a trophy during his speech at the United Way of Monroe
County 2013-14 Campaign kickoff breakfast last week. Kesling said he won the trophy for a
soap box derby in first grade after he had to be convinced to enter. Kesling said the trophy
reminds him you canít win if you donít compete.
|Published: 4:27 PM, 09/03/2013
||Last updated: 4:28 PM, 09/03/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
VONORE-The United Way of Monroe County
kicked off its 2013-2014 campaign Tuesday morn¬≠ing with a
breakfast in Vonore at the Vonore Baptist Church.
Bob Kesling, the "Voice of the Vols" and a longtime broadcaster with WBIR in Knoxville, was the guest
speaker, cracking the audi¬≠ence up with tales from his career. He
is also the chair¬≠man for the Knox County United Way drive.
Kesling said he had did a lot of public
work over the years, but nothing ever really prepares you for when
something goes wrong on live TV.
"At WBIR we gave away tickets to the
1985 Sugar Bowl," he said, "which was the year Tennessee won it.
When we drew a name, on live TV, and called the person up, it turned
out they were an inmate at Brushy Mountain Prison. They wouldn't
let him out to go, so we ended up paying him the cash equivalent and
sending someone else."
See full story in the Sunday, Sept. 1, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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