Johnny “Ballpark” Franks, an award-winning veteran in sports media relations and broadcasting, is the host of “The Johnny ‘Ballpark’ Franks Show” heard each weekday afternoon from 4pm-7pm on Nashville’s SportsRadio 560 on 95.9 FM. And, as a senior account executive, he is in the position to help grow area businesses through marketing partnerships.
After graduating from Florida State University, Franks began a career that spanned over 15 years in sports media relations and marketing in Nashville. He started as the media relations director of the AAA team for the Cincinnati Reds before moving on to work at Tennessee State University. In two different stints at TSU, Franks served in roles from sports information director to eventually associate athletics director for media relations and marketing. He also played a major role on the marketing team as the Houston Oilers made their transition to Nashville as the Tennessee Oilers/Titans in 1998-99.
Franks was one of the most highly-decorated and honored sports publicists ever including being named three times as the nation’s best sports information director. With his sports and marketing background along with a MBA, he has used these tools to establish a highly successful career as a sports-talk show host, which began in 2008 in Huntsville and later in Biloxi/Gulfport, Mississippi. He is rare at what he does in the sense he has true working knowledge of what happens behind the scenes in sports.
A native of Huntsville, Franks is married to the former Vickie Large. He and his wife are also very involved in community service, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Humane Society.
Follow him on Twitter @BPFranksShow
Bryan Robertson joined Nashville Sports Radio in November 2014, producing
an Internet golf show before moving to his current position as producer of the
Johnny "Ballpark" Franks Show. Bryan has been in the Nashville radio market
since January 2013, beginning as an intern at another station before being hired
in September 2013.
In addition to producing the Johnny "Ballpark" Franks Show, Bryan is the
weekday game producer of Vanderbilt women's basketball and baseball. He has
also produced high school football coverage for the station, produced and
co-hosted a college football post-game call-in show, and briefly co-hosted a
A native of La Vergne, Tennessee and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State
University, Bryan enjoys a wide variety of sports, from the mainstream to the
obscure when he is out of the studio.