Busy Weekend Ahead For Legendary Broadcaster Luther

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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. 


Cleveland For A No Kill City Seeks Volunteers, Donations For Transport Team

In its continuing two-year effort to make and then keep Bradley County shelters no kill, Cleveland for a No Kill City has launched a new volunteer team to help get animals out of the SPCA of Bradley County and to areas of the country where they’ll have a better chance at finding loving, forever families, said officials. C4NKC’s new “transport team” is responsible for organizing ... (click for more)

AVA’s Annual Juried Members Exhibition Opens Dec. 5

The Association for Visual Art’s Annual Juried Members Exhibition opens Dec. 5 and will run through Jan. 2 at AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave.  There will be an opening reception Dec. 5 from 5:30-8 p.m.  Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission is free.  This show for AVA members only will feature, by juror selection, some of the best ... (click for more)

County Schools Have Plan To Put Security Cameras At Every School

The Hamilton County Schools have a plan to put security cameras in every school, Supt. Rick Smith told the County School Board Thursday night. He said the money would come from the $2,201,000 the schools received last year from the sale of the old Ooltewah Elementary School property. The proposal must get approval from the School Board at the December meeting, then from the ... (click for more)

Lookout Mountain, Ga., Raises Sewer Rates; Joins In Kudzu Fight

The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Council on Thursday night approved an increase in sewer charges. The council approved ordinance 281 increasing sewer rates to $6 per 100 cubic feet of water from the previous rate of $4.77.  The new increase will be in effect in January 2015.    City Manager Brad Haven said the town will be replacing the flow meter for ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (5)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)