The ribbon was cut on Friday for the National Top 40 Hall of Fame and Radio Museum. The museum is located inside the WFLI studios on O’Grady Drive in Lookout Valley.
On hand for the ceremony was Mike Love of the original Beach Boys. The popular 60’s, 70’s singing group was in Chattanooga for a concert at the Tivoli Theater.
Some of their million selling hits include, I get around, Surfin U.S.A., Help Me Rhonda, and Good Vibrations.
WFLI Station Manager Evan Stone said the museum is available for tours and parties. Additional information is available by calling 821-3555.
The museum contains old radios, pictures of legendary top 40 radio announcers, radio equipment dating back to the 60’s. a WFLI history video and the original 50,000 watt transmitter that was purchased from WTOP radio in Washington, D.C.
The station went on the air in 1961.
Among those present for the ribbon cutting were early employees, Station Manager Johnny Eagle, Nick Smith, Rick Govan, David Carroll, Ben Cagle, Max O’Brien, Rick Sharpe, Gene Louvin, Bill Miller and current station manager Stone. Also present was WFLI owner Marshall Bandy, who came up with the idea of this unique museum.