The longest running broadcaster in the history of the world. “The Man With Sunshine In His Voice.” Luther Masingill, the only Chattanoogan in the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. Luther began his career with WDEF on December 31, 1940, and remained with the station until his death on October 20, 2014 at the age of 92.
“The Fastest Jett in the Air” is Tommy Jett, who started his career in 1961 on WFLI, and is still rocking at TommyJett.com today. He’s a 2013 inductee into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
From the earliest days of Chattanooga television in the 1950s, to the full-color days of the 1970s, Mort Lloyd delivered the local news, and John Gray predicted the weather each evening, proving to be an unbeatable team, first on WRCB, and later on WDEF.
Before kindergarten and Headstart, there was Miss Marcia. In the 1960s and 1970s, Channel 9’s Marcia Kling taught preschool children about manners, letters and numbers. She was with WTVC for more than fifty years until her retirement in 2013.
Chattanooga’s TV cowboy, Bob Brandy, along with his wife Ingrid and their horse Rebel, provided clean entertainment, prizes and cartoons each afternoon on WTVC in the 1960s and 1970s.
Betty Mac set the fashion trends for Chattanooga housewives in the 1960s on her daily shows, including “Woman’s Whirl.”
Chattanooga’s quiet radio airwaves got a wakeup call in the 1970s, when “Chickamauga Charlie” began a four-year run of of comedy and controversy. First on WGOW, and later on WDXB, the outspoken announcer took on political leaders and media heavyweights with a mix of social commentary and news parodies.
Jackie Schulten broke new ground as Chattanooga’s first female TV news anchor in 1974, before leaving broadcasting for law school. As Jacqueline Bolton, she recently stepped down from a long career as a Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge.
This self-described “skinny kid from upper East Tennessee” is one of Chattanooga’s top news personalities. Calvin Sneed first came to WTVC in the early 1970s, and after working elsewhere, returned to the station for good in the early 1990s. He anchors the evening news for WTVC today.
In 1980, WTVC became the first local station to broadcast the evening news for an hour. The team included sportscaster Darrell Patterson, anchors Bob Johnson and Suzy Rigsby, and meteorologist Neal Pascal.
Chattanooga’s “TV sweetheart” of the 1980s was Debbie Baer. After being discovered as a checkout clerk at Red Food Store, she learned how to present weather forecasts, and later was the popular co-host of WRCB’s “PM Magazine.”
Tracy Moore and Bob Johnson formed WTVC’s popular news anchor team in the mid-1980s.
Gene Michaels worked at a variety of stations from the 1970s through the 1990s, including WGOW, WDOD and US-101. His “burnt toast and coffee” morning shows were always listener favorites.
“Big Jon” Anthony helped get powerful country station US-101 off to a great start in 1983.
Barbara Molloy and Jim (Gomer Pyle) Nabors were two of Chattanooga television’s first singing stars. They’re seen here on “Holiday for Housewives” on Channel 3 in 1957.
The long-running WRCB anchor team of the 1990s included meteorologist Paul Barys, anchors Bill Markham and Cindy Sexton, and sportscaster John Fricke.
Outspoken “Morning Show” hosts Harry Thornton and Judy Corn generated controversy and high ratings on WDEF-TV in the 1960s and 1970s.
Thousands of Tennessee Valley viewers had a date with Dr. Shock (Tommy Reynolds) and Dingbat each Saturday night at 11:00 p.m. on WTVC.
Channel 3’s Roy Morris hosted a variety of shows in the 1960s, featuring local talent, and visiting national celebrities, like Diane Sawyer, then America’s Junior Miss (1963).
US-101’s popular afternoon team of David Earl Hughes and Dex are shown getting a little love from Blake Shelton.
Two Chattanooga broadcast legends joined David Carroll for the launch of “Chattanooga Radio and Television.” The world’s record holder for longest continuous broadcaster, WDEF’s Luther Masingill, and WTVC’s “Miss Marcia” Kling, with more than fifty years of service.