Former Tennessee Volunteers Basketball Star Ron Slay Joins “3HL” On-Air Team on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM

NASHVILLE, TN, April 28, 2021 — 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM, Cumulus Media’s premier Sports Talk radio station serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee, announces that it has added former Tennessee Volunteers legend Ron Slay to the 3HL on-air team as Co-Host. 3HL is heard on 104.5 The Zone on weekday afternoons from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Slay joins co-hosts Brent Dougherty and Dawn Davenport on 3HL and debuts today on 104.5 The Zone.

Slay started his sports career playing high school basketball at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn High School followed by prep school Oak Hill Academy. He went on to play basketball at the University of Tennessee and as a senior, was named the Associated Press SEC player of the year and a third team All American. Slay was also named to the All-NBA D-League Second Team. After college he played professionally in Europe and around the globe for more than a decade. He is considered one of the most entertaining basketball players that the Vols have ever had, and that more than translates on the radio.

Paul Mason, Program Director, 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM, said: “Our listeners have made it clear that they want us to hire Ron Slay. I am happy to say we listened, and we are thrilled Ron Slay will be joining Brent Dougherty and Dawn Davenport on 3HL3HL is already a great show, and I look forward to seeing it go to even higher levels.”

Brent Dougherty, Co-Host, 3HL, noted: “Ron Slay was known as a player for his infectious personality along with the passion and energy he brought to the hardwood. I’m so excited about Slay bringing all of that and more to 3HL.”

Dawn Davenport, Co-Host, 3HL, remarked: “Ron Slay is a superstar, and his positivity and energy are contagious. I’m so excited to have him as a teammate, and now our 3HL listeners get to experience that every day. ”

Ron Slay commented: “I am both delighted and eager to join the 104.5 The Zone and 3HL families. I hope to bring joy, energy, and insight to Nashville sports enthusiasts each day. LOCK THE DOOR…LET’S GO!”

Earlier this month, 104.5 The Zone announced the launch of 104.5 The Zone TV, a new way to engage with 104.5 The Zone’s live and local sports content and new original live programming created exclusively for Nashville sports fans. 104.5 The Zone TV gives sports lovers the best seats in the house, thanks to four cameras inside the Zone studios delivering all the shows they love and brand-new programming, live on their favorite social media platforms.

104.5 The Zone TV features the station’s popular live and local Sports Talk shows from 6:00am to 6:00pm, original sports programming on 104.5 The Zone Podcast Network, and much more. Starting with JMart and Ramon at 6:00am and continuing on through the day through 3HL from 3:00pm-6:00pm, sports fans can now watch 104.5 The Zone LIVE on Facebook Live, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch – for all the best in Nashville sports, 24 hours a day.

104.5 The Zone also announced that it had entered into a content partnership agreement with popular online sports information and entertainment destination, A to Z Sports. The agreement brings together the two biggest sports entertainment brands in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, allowing them to create and share unique, deep-dive sports content across their respective digital platforms, including streaming and on-demand content, podcasts, social media, and much more, plus live and local on-air programming on 104.5 The Zone and high-engagement live events for area sports fans.

The innovative content partnership marries the talent, technology, resources and reach of these major sports news and entertainment brands to create exciting new and expanded sports programming. Per the terms of the agreement, 104.5 The Zone, the flagship home for the Tennessee Titans and Nashville affiliate for University of Tennessee Volunteers, will regularly feature A to Z Sports personalities, while 104.5 The Zone personalities will appear regularly on A to Z Sports’ popular programs. The partnership will create shared and complementary original programming between the brands and their platforms to give fans more and better sports news and talk than ever before.

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