David Carroll Shares Chattanooga Broadcast History Online

Monday, September 1, 2014

From the earliest known recorded Chattanooga radio show to modern-day TV news bloopers, David Carroll is accumulating a massive collection of local broadcasting history, and is putting it online for everyone to see.

Mr. Carroll’s website (www.ChattanoogaRadioTV.com), established in early 2013, features more than 100 articles in its archives, many of which are tributes to local broadcasters, radio and TV stations.  In addition, his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/chattanoogaradiotv) now includes more than 150 video and audio clips from Chattanooga’s broadcast history, which dates back to 1925.

“I grew up with local TV and radio,” Mr. Carroll said.  “Over the years, I’ve collected all sorts of memorabilia, and until the Internet came along, most of it has been in storage.  I got on Facebook five years ago, posting about 600 local radio/TV pictures in my photo albums.  The response was great, and that led to my book, ‘Chattanooga Radio and Television.’  It seemed to stir up interest in local broadcast history, and now these websites have given me a chance to share audio and video too.”

Mr. Carroll, a TV news anchor and former radio announcer, says he frequently adds photos and stories to his website, and is always on the lookout for more audio and video for his YouTube channel.  “A few months ago, I produced tributes to classic local radio stations, like WFLI, WGOW and KZ-106, and I’ve just added one for WMOC.”

He has also written about local media icons, past and present, like Luther Masingill, Marcia Kling, Don Welch, Bob Johnson and MaryEllen Locher.  “Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Mort Lloyd, and the 10th anniversary of the death of David Earl Hughes, so I posted tributes to them, featuring their great voices.  Both died far too young, in their 40s, and they had so many fans in the Tennessee Valley and beyond.  They played a big role in local broadcasting, and they shouldn’t be forgotten.”

Since establishing the websites, he has received a steady flow of photos, audio and video tapes from fans of Chattanooga broadcast history.  “Some are locals who have lived here all their lives, others are broadcasters or their family members, and still others are folks who have moved away, but kept items that are still of interest to us today,” he said.  “I’ve managed to salvage some photos and tapes that almost got thrown away, and I’m hoping that if anyone has items from Chattanooga’s broadcasting past, they’ll allow me to share it with everyone,” he said.

Mr. Carroll hasn’t ruled out a second book, but says “Chattanooga Radio and Television” is still selling, and he continues to do programs about it to clubs and church groups. He is hopeful of adding to his local radio/TV  collection.  “If you have photos or tapes you don’t want to part with, I’d be happy to copy them, and return them to you,” he said.  “There’s so much interest in local broadcasting.  When I speak to groups about my book, everyone has questions about Bob Brandy, Luther, Miss Marcia, Harry Thornton and the others,” he said.  “These are the people we grew up with, and folks seem to enjoy reliving some great memories from their youth.”

Mr. Carroll can be contacted at 3dc@epbfi.com.


VIDEO: Chattanooga Dog Balances Wine Glass With Wine On His Head

Ralfi, a whippet and Jack Russell mix residing in Chattanooga, has perfect balance. He can even balance a wine glass on his head - complete with wine in the glass. Ralfi belongs to Jenny Eberhart. (click for more)

Tennessee American Water Invites Residents To Water Fest

Tennessee American Water invites area residents to its upcoming Water Fest on Thursday. The open house is free and includes plant tours, educational demonstrations, children’s activities, face painting and refreshments. In addition several community partners will be on-hand to show how water is connected to almost everything we do.  “We are excited to host this first-ever ... (click for more)

Man, 28, Shot And Killed In East Chattanooga

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in East Chattanooga early Friday morning. The victim was identified as Jeremy Clark, a brother of House candidate Dennis Clark. Dennis Clark said, "Jeremy, a beloved son, my younger brother and dear friend to many, was taken from us too soon. The pain from our sudden and tragic loss is Indescribable. He was a compassionate and fun-loving ... (click for more)

Michael Ford Sentenced To More Than 13 Years In Prison On Drug Charges

Michael Shawn Ford has been sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison on drug charges. On April 20, 2105, Ford was arrested at his house in East Ridge. Police found him hiding in the closet with a laundry bag which contained a loaded pistol and 7.9 grams of crystal meth. Officers said that two backpacks were found in the same bedroom, one with 257.3 grams of crystal meth ... (click for more)

Olympic Events On The Ocoee River Made History – But It Wasn’t Easy

It started with a simple “what if” question while Atlanta officials were working on a bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  A group of amateur kayakers from the city began asking themselves: “What if Atlanta’s bid is successful? Then where would the Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak races be held?”  To some of the members of that group, the answer was obvious. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Don’t Kick A Man’s Neck

From the minute my brothers and I each became cognizant, my dad started teaching us the rules of becoming a man. Dad was from deep in Mississippi and he’d been taught a lot of life’s secrets from his father. These lessons have been passed for generations and, the older I have become, I’m convinced a lot of them were borne from The Sermon on the Mount. Our favorite, back in the ... (click for more)