WIVK's Gunner Honored for Work with Vets
I wish today to honor a man that many in my District know by only one name.
Ted Ousley—or simply “Gunner” as he is known to his many fans—is one of the most popular people in my District and a longtime personality with WIVK radio in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Each weekday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. “Your Cowboy Pal” Gunner entertains listeners with his unique brand of East Tennessee charm, humor, and grace.
He loves his job, and you can tell when listening to his show. He once said that he was “living his dream” by being on the air with WIVK.
In 2003 and 2004, Gunner was voted the Best DJ by Metro Pulse readers and was a finalist for the Marconi Air Personality of the Year.
But Gunner is not just known for his entertainment. He is also a tireless champion of Veterans.
Following the September 11th terror attacks in 2001, Gunner started a segment on his show called “Voices from the Front,” where he would
connect families over the phone with their loved ones serving in the wars. It was hugely popular and emotional for him and his listeners.
In 2004, he traveled to Iraq, and upon his return led an effort to bring to the United States for treatment an 8-year-old suffering from a severe form of Spina Bifida.
In 2009, Gunner received the first annual Civilian Warrior Award for his work with the 844th Engineer Battalion.
East Tennessee is one of the most patriotic places in this Country. Each year, Gunner helps lead the Veterans Day parade in Knoxville, which is attended by many thousands of people.
In addition to his service to Veterans, Gunner finds the time to run two East Tennessee farms and serve on the Board of Directors of the East Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association.
Mister Speaker, Ted “Gunner” Ousley embodies the Volunteer spirit of East Tennessee.
His humility and dedication to those who serve will forever hold a place in our hearts, and I thank him for his dedication to this Country and wish him success as he continues to entertain us each day.
I also call his work with Veterans to the attention of my Colleagues and other readers of the Record in hopes that he will be an inspiration to many more.