KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Jim Wogan began his sports career at WATE on January 15, 1990. From the anchor desk, Jim has witnessed plenty of sports history. Pat Summitt's 400th victory came on Jim's watch, and so was her last one at 1,098.
Summitt was one of the many sports figures interviewed by Jim over the years.
Never content to just sit behind the desk and read scores, Jim often found himself in the middle of many sports stories. He was a tireless worker, writing and editing and producing his sportscasts and specials, earning him state and regional awards including two Emmys.
He literally out worked everyone around him.
"There's many times I'd be here for severe weather coverage till 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and walk out and his car would still be here. He'd be working on a special for the Vols or NASCAR or Friday Night Hits," said Chief Meteorologist Matt Hinkin.
Jim's work ethic is legendary, but so is his sense of humor.
While always a professional on air, he had his moments like the time he couldn't catch his breath, or took part in WATE's Happy dance. Who knew he was a budding Fred Astaire?
Jim always did his part, enjoying himself even when the occasional joke was about his trademark hair.
From Wade Houston to Donnie Tyndall, Jim is a walking encyclopedia of UT sports knowledge. He has seen coaches come and go and witnessed the worst and best of Tennessee sports.
Jim's coverage of sports extended beyond UT. He was curious about everything.
From bowlers to bass fishing, Jim made sure WATE sports fans plates were full, especially NASCAR. Whether it was talking with the late great Dale Earnhardt or a young up and comer, Jim made sure we were in the know as if we were there too.
"He is such a wonderful person, and one of the things I am going to miss - his office are right next to each other and we've had many a heart to heart over the years about walking that same path down that newsroom for twenty plus years. We're going to miss him," said Lori Tucker.
East Tennessee will miss Jim too, especially his signature: Friday Night Hits. It has been must see TV for legions of young high schoolers for years.
From the big hits to the silly moments, Jim's work and the WATE sports staff have made Friday Night Hits one of the best shows in Knoxville.
Beyond the scores and the athletes and the games he covered, we always knew one thing about Jim. He was our friend.
We respected his work, enjoyed his humor and cherished his friendship.