The Deck Chef & MTSU Football!

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mtsujohnredfloydKent Whitaker Joins MTSU Blue Raider
Football Broadcasts for Third Year
Release Aug 24, 2012 
Photo via MTSU - Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium 

Tailgate flavor will once again be added to the radio broadcasts of Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raider Broadcasts for the upcoming season. The flavor boost will be added by Chattanooga’s own culinary author and cookbook writer Kent Whitaker.

Goofy, Color Commentary, Food & Fun
Chip Walters, voice of the Blue Raider Radio Network, has announced that Kent “the Deck Chef” Whitaker will return to the broadcast team for the third straight year. “Blue Raider football games are fun all of the time, having Kent’s tailgate tips and goofy sense of humor are always a plus,” Walter said. “Kent always makes his color commentary from the parking lots fun! His recipes during the season always feature titles making fun of our opponents. Besides humor, he add some great ideas for MTSU football fans on how they can enjoy a game day meal at the stadium or while listening to the game and grilling at home.”

Tailgate Flavor
Whitaker, known as The Deck Chef, has a short format cooking and foodie radio show which is now on over 70 affiliates across the country. "The tailgate aspect of my show really fits in with my Blue Raider roots," Whitaker said.
During each pre-game show a segment will run featuring a tailgate tip by Whitaker. “. It's similar to my radio show. The shows feature cooking tips, email Q&A's, food safety news and seasonal stuff. For MTSU.. It's all about tailgates! Some will be live, some will be pre-taped but all will be fun,” Whitaker said. “I think the main thing is adding to the broadcast, with some game day excitement. I can present an easy tip, tailgate idea, chat with a fan or two and poke fun at the other team. How much fun is that?”

Whitaker added that things have changed since he attended MTSU during the 1980’s. “For one thing, the HUGE wrap around stadium is different. I think tailgating was so minor that it was overlooked back then – now it’s exploded on campus. And why not; MTSU is the biggest college in the state of Tennessee, why not enjoy game day with a nice tailgate... and a Deck Chef tailgate tip?”

The Network

  • WGNS, Murfreesboro(1450 AM, 100.5 FM, 101.9 FM)
  • WNSR, Nashville (560 AM)
  • WMOT, Murfreesboro (89.5 FM)
  • WNTC, Bowling Green, Ky. (103.9 FM)
  • WDUC-FM - Tullahoma (93.9)
  • (live radio streaming of games)

The in-booth broadcast team includes Chip Walters and former MTSU QB Kelly Holcomb who played for fifteen years in the NFL with the Colts, Browns, Bills, Eagles and Vikings. Pre-and Post game shows are handled by  Dick Palmer, Duane Hickey and Thom Abraham.

About The Deck Chef
kentapronlowKent Whitaker is a cookbook author and culinary writer with ten published books, winner of the Food Network Emeril Live Barbecue Contest and co-recipient of the American Authors Association Gold Medal for culinary writing. His short format cooking radio show can be heard on over 70 affiliates across the country. He is also member and AUXCHEF for the United States Coast Guard Aux. Kent and his wife Ally live in East Tennessee with their son Macee and three spoiled dogs. Kent's books are available, or can be ordered, at any book store or online at or your favorite online bookstore. Look for Kent on twitter at

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