I recently came upon a booklet that Rev. T. Perry Brannon gave me in 1986 when he was a
guest on my radio program and it brought back a lot of memories.
His Radio Revival started in 1930. It was on WDOD every morning at 8 a.m. until switching in the 50’s to WAPO. The program went off the air in the 70’s when Bro.
Brannon moved to Birmingham, Ala.
T. Perry Brannon pastored the Chattanooga Gospel Tabernacle on Houston street where UTC has a building now. His home place is still standing on Barton Avenue in North Chattanooga.
The pictures in the booklet are historic in that most of them were made in the WDOD studio in the Hotel Patten. It was also referred to as the attic station. WDOD moved to modern studios in the Hamilton National Bank Building in the early 40’s. Later WAGC, WOGA and WMOC occupied those studios.
It’s interesting to note that Ott Devine, who went on to work for WSM and the Grand Ole Opry, worked for WDOD in the early days of Radio Revival. He is in one of the pictures.
The last picture was made in the WDOD studios in the Hamilton National Bank Building.
T. Perry Brannon was very popular in Chattanooga. The late Lee Anderson referred to him many times in his editorials. In the early days of his ministry, Rev. Brannon was good friends with Billy Graham. He died Sept. 16, 1992 and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in St. Elmo.