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Local radio broadcaster ponders run for Arms’ 5A commission seat


Mike Hammond, operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting’s Knox County radio stations, announced that he is considering a run for Knox County Commission to replace Mike Arms, who is resigning his seat to concentrate his efforts as chief of staff for Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale.

Hammond said he is talking to people throughout the 5th commission district as he explores the possibility of running for the county’s legislative body.

“This is something I first started to seriously consider several years ago when I chaired the county government efficiency panel,” Hammond said. “That process reaffirmed to me that this is a wonderful place in which to live and raise a family. I also saw many ways county government can better serve the people.”

“It may be time to get in the game in terms of public service,” Hammond said. “I believe that if I run and am elected I can, by working with the people of the 5th District, help make a difference for them. I don’t intend to take too long to make this decision.”

Hammond, 50, is responsible for the daily operations within Citadel Broadcasting. A 37-year veteran of the broadcasting industry, in 2002 he was named the No.1 medium market program director by the industry’s top trade journal, Radio Ink magazine. The Country Music Association in 1987 also named him program director of the year.

The Church Hill native graduated from Church Hill High School in 1970. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1975.

Hammond has been courtside announcer for the Vols and Lady Vols basketball teams for six years. Along with Heath Shuler and Jimmy Hyams, Hammond is a member of WNOX’s UT football pre-game show. He is also the stadium announcer for Bearden High School football home games.

From 1995 to 1997, he hosted WNOX’s then-weekday morning show, “Wake-Up Call.” A veteran reporter, Hammond has covered local issues and politics in Knoxville and Nashville.

Hammond’s volunteer work, in addition to serving as chairman of the government efficiency panel, includes serving as chairman of the Bijou Theater board of directors, board chairman of the American Red Cross, marketing chairman of the United Way and others. He and his wife, Vivica, have four

children.

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