WFLI Radio Celebrates 53rd Anniversary

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WFLI Radio celebrated its 53rd birthday with an open house at the studio on Saturday.

Many of the original announcers were on hand including Tommy Jett.  Other broadcasters who never worked at the station were also invited. 

The station went on the air in February 1961 and was an instant success, playing music primarily for teens and young adults. The station is gospel now and is owned by Ying Benns. 

WDEF's legendary Luther Massingill was also in the group, along with the famed Earl Freudenberg and David Carroll, who recently wrote a book on the history of radio in Chattanooga.

The original radio control board in use when the station signed on in 1961 was recently restored by one of the station engineers. It was featured at the reunion. Many had their picture made seated at the board.

WFLI, the city's only 50,000 watt station, was headed by Billy Benns at its start.

Craig Tyndall took a photo gallery at the reunion.

It can be seen here.


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