The great JET-FLI, once thought to be grounded for good, is back in the air. Or to be more exact, it’s on the air, at 1070 AM. Folks have been scampering for their AM radios in recent days, since WFLI resurfaced, playing rock ‘n roll oldies at its full 50,000 watts of power (during daytime hours).
Monday, new owners Evan Stone and Marshall Bandy announced the launch of a new format, featuring news, talk, weather and sports, starting immediately. During morning drive, WFLI will feature news and local traffic updates every ten minutes. Later in the morning, “The Rick and Bubba Show,” a morning program syndicated out of Birmingham, Alabama will return to the Chattanooga market after an absence of several years.
Other weekday programs include Dave Ramsey’s financial advice, and political talkers Eric Metaxas, Laura Ingraham, and Todd Starnes. Fox News will air twice an hour, and local updates will be provided by WDEF-TV.
Randy Smith, who has covered local sports on TV radio since the mid-1970s, will also contribute. The station will continue to feature classic hits from WFLI’s top-40 era weekdays from 1 to 2 p.m., and at various times on weekends.
You can follow the station on Facebook at WFLIonline, and on Twitter at @WFLIonline. A new website launches soon at WFLIonline.com, as well as a WFLI app for online listening.
The station’s studios will remain at 621 O’Grady Drive in the Lookout Valley community, where original owner William Benns signed on the station in 1961. The new owners plan to convert the lobby into a National Top 40 Radio Museum, giving visitors an opportunity to re-live what Bandy calls, “The heart and soul of a generation, with the best of memories for those who were blessed to live in those years.”
To read more about WFLI’s history, and to hear a highlight tape from the station’s first fifteen years, click here.