It is a busy weekend ahead for the Tennessee Valley’s legendary Luther Masingill. A book signing is scheduled with the authors of My Life with Luther: A Glimpse of a Legendary American Broadcaster and Mr. Masingill, known to most as Luther, this Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place Mall. Plus, Al Jazeera America was in town last month to interview Luther for a story to run on the network’s “America Tonight” program. The story is scheduled to run this weekend.
“Obviously, anything can happen, but right now the story is potentially scheduled to run on Friday,” said Sopan Deb, producer for Al Jazeera America. “I have been following Luther’s career for years and I hope to do his story justice.”
Luther began his career on New Year’s Eve in 1940 and has been with the same station, in the same time slot ever since. In November 2012, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. A staple in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley, Luther is still going strong at the age of 91.
My Life with Luther: A Glimpse of a Legendary American Broadcaster was coauthored by James Howard and Holly Abernathy. The two partnered up to tell the story of Luther Masingill, the legendary morning radio host of WDEF in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Told through the eyes of long time co-host James Howard, this book tells the story of one of the original legends of radio through interviews, experiences, stories, and first-person accounts. As an authoritative compilation consisting of over 180 images, the book possesses longevity that will ensure its place in the history of broadcasting.
The book signing will be held this Saturday at Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga from 2-4 p.m.
Please check your local listings for Al Jazeera America. The story is scheduled to run this Friday on the network’s “America Tonight” program.
James D. Howard has been a radio personality for WDEF Sunny 92.3 since 1993 and has been working by Luther's side on the morning show since 2001. He has been a Chattanooga resident all of his life and cannot remember a time when he did not listen to Luther in the morning. Mr. Howard resides in Chattanooga, with his wife, Christy, his two daughters, Gracie and Lucy, and his dogs, Wilson and Lily.
Holly Abernathy is a published writer and photographer. She got her start in broadcast communications at WDEF Radio as an intern in college, gaining experience in all aspects of the industry and has worked with Luther for over 16 years. She left WDEF as promotions director in 2007 after the birth of her daughter. She continues to do freelance work, secondary to raising her children, who were both born in Chattanooga. You can find more on her website at www.6qCreative.com. She lives in Nashville, with her husband and two children.