A blog of 104.5 the Zone's Tuesday radio telethon to sell tickets to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl on December 31 at LP Field.
6:00 p.m. CT: The phone lines will be open for a few more minutes. You can still order your tickets by calling 615.322.GOLD or visiting Bowl Central between now and next Wednesday. A big thanks to George Plaster and the 104.5 Sports Zone for doing the telethon today.
5: 59 p.m. CT: Vice Chancellor Williams closes the show with the following remarks: "We just want to thank everybody for their support. Come on out and root on our SEC Coach of the Year and show your appreciation by coming to the game."
5:58 p.m. CT: Johnson remarks: "The bowl game's special for the town, and special for Vanderbilt."
5:57 p.m. CT: And if you're a Titans fan, we need you to come out as well, especially since it's in the stadium you're already familiar with. Please support the Commodores and the city of Nashville.
5:56 p.m. CT: Three more UT fans call in to order tickets. Keep it coming SEC fans!
5:52 p.m. CT: Loyal Commodore fan John Boy just told Johnson on the air that he is "tickled to death" to see the first Vanderbilt bowl game in his lifetime. Be a part of history!
5:40 p.m. CT: Lucy Jones from the NCC just said... "I've been to two of Vanderbilt's three bowl games. Getting to a bowl game was on my "bucket list". The amazing thing for me is to see people like the Rich family that have been there all along for us, and all the other people that have stuck with us."
5:35 p.m. CT: Johnson said... "I am very proud of what our team and coaches accomplished. I hope you'll come out and support us!"
VIEW PICTURE OF COACH JOHNSON
5:24 p.m. CT: Coach Johnson will be taking your calls next on air.
5:20 p.m. CT: Coach Johnson just asked listeners to "forget about that yellow towel" and buy some tickets. I couldn't agree more Coach! (The rest of the group quips that the yellow/gold towels may work at LP Field for this game)
5:16 p.m. CT: Not only Commodore fans are clogging the phone lines... Britt from Whites Creek just called in and challenged his fellow Florida Gators fans to match his donation of four tickets to the Charles Davis Foundation.
5:11 p.m. CT: Coach Johnson predicts that there will be perfect weather at the bowl game, so get your tickets today!
5:04 p.m. CT: Have you thought about calling but just haven't dialed the numbers? It's easy. You can do it. No waiting in line to reserve your seats. Make your order now while the phone lines are open. Tickets to the game are the perfect gift this holiday season.
4:53 p.m. CT: Bobby Johnson has arrived in the press box.
4:40 p.m. CT: Don't go away... Bobby Johnson is scheduled to be on the show during the 5 p.m. hour.
VIEW PICTURE OF GEORGE PLASTER AND WORKERS
4:23 p.m. CT: The phones are quiet, so George Plaster reminds fans to pick up the phone and call 615.329.8590.. and poof... eight rings come in simultaneously!
4:18 p.m. CT: When you call in during the telethon, you may recognize some of the people on the other side of the phone... Lucy Jones from the NCC... Women's Golf head coach Greg Allen... Bowling head coach John Williamson... Vanderbilt's Associate Vice Chancellor Patricia Marett... Director of Marketing Reggie Garrett... Recent Hall of Fame inductee June Stewart... and Associate Director of Student Athletics Brock Williams.
4:10 p.m. CT: David Climer from The Tennessean is on the air.
4:03 p.m. CT: Bill from Nashville just bought 10 bowl tickets and challenged his competitors to match his donation to the Charles Davis Foundation. Phone lines are open - call 615.329.8590.
3:56 p.m. CT: Commissioner Slive just said, "I hope Commodore fans will come (to the bowl game). It's a tremendous contribution to a great university. I would hope everyone will climb the mountain with them. Come out and enjoy a great moment in the history of Vanderbilt football."
3:50 p.m. CT: SEC Commissioner Mike Slive is now on the air.
3:47 p.m. CT: VC Williams also said they've passed the original allotment of 11,500 tickets and are now working on the additional 2,500 that VU agreed to sell. Phone lines are open - call 615.329.8590.
VIEW PICTURE OF GEORGE PLASTER AND CHARLES DAVIS
3:40 p.m. CT: Vice Chancellor Williams just announced that Athletics has purchased 1,000 bowl tickets at a cost of $50,000 to go to inner city children in the Nashville area. The Charles Davis Foundation will receive over 600 of the tickets.
3:25 p.m. CT: David Williams, Vanderbilt's Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics, will be on air next!
3:20 p.m. CT: Chancellor Zeppos concludes his interview by telling fans to make their New Year's memorable by going to the bowl game. I agree with his sentiments... There are too many New Year's Eve's where the day just didn't live up to the billing. So ring in 2009 at LP Field. Also, former basketball star Charles Davis just entered the press box.
3:05 p.m. CT: George Plaster and the 104.5 Sports Zone have set up their popular radio talk show inside the Hawkins Field Press Box on campus. Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos is currently on air... click here to listen live. Operators are standing by to take your Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl ticket orders. Call 615.329.8590 from 3-6 p.m. CT today!