The east Tennessee radio veteran with a strong sportscasting background passed away last month. He was just 53.

Saddened to hear local east Tennessee sportscaster Marty Ricker passed away last month at the young age of 53.

For those of you who don’t know, Ricker was my successor as a sports talk show host at WEMB in 1997. I was let go not because of anything I had done, but something the…