Knoxville, TN - Neyland Stadium before the game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. Photo by Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics
Neyland Stadium will sound different when the Vols kick off against Utah State in just over 6 weeks.
Jeff Jarnigan is no stranger to Neyland Stadium. He's been introducing the proud of the Pride of Southland Marching Band for 12 years. Now he'll be the main announcer taking over for the late Bobby Denton who passed away in April.
For 48 years Bobby Dention was the voice of Neyland Stadium.
Now there's a new voice in town and that's former program director at B97.5 Jeff Jarnigan. Jeff Jarnigan says, "It's going to be surreal. I'm a little numb, humbled, grateful and excited a lot of different emotions all at once."
Jarnigan was born at St. Mary's and grew up in Knoxville working in radio most of his career. Now he has a new title to add to his resume.
Jeff Jarnigan says, "I'll call myself a PA announcer for Neyland Stadium. I'm not going to say voice of Neyland Stadium. I'm going to let that be Bobby."
Jarnigan has spent many Saturdays alongside Denton. He's been announcing the Pride of the Southland Band for 12 years. Now he'll be making pre-game announcements, and he'll be announcing plays after they happen and he'll continue to announce for men's basketball.
He says it's all a dream come true. Jarnigan says, "Never in a million years did I dream this as a kid."