Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer praised John Ward for bringing "life and feeling to our living rooms" during a tribute ceremony for the longtime Volunteers football and men's basketball broadcaster.

Ward died June 20 in Knoxville at the age of 88. He served as the radio voice of Tennessee football and men's basketball for over three decades before retiring after the 1998-99 school year.

The Wednesday night ceremony at Thompson-Boling Arena featured some of Ward's most famous calls interspersed with tributes from former colleagues, players and coaches.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam sent a letter in which he wrote that "growing up in Knoxville as a UT sports fan, it is John Ward's voice that is the backdrop to all those memories."

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