The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that Chattanooga radio broadcaster Gene Lovin will be inducted into the 2019 Class next August. The induction ceremony will be held in Murfreesboro, Tn.
Mr. Lovin started in radio in 1966. He’s worked in the Chattanooga market for the last 40 years. Mr. Lovin is currently hosting the afternoon show on JetFli WFLI playing the music of the 60’s and 70’s.
Hall of Fame member Earl Freudenberg broke the news to Mr. Lovin Wednesday afternoon while he was on the air. Hall of Fame official Chip Chapman put the official pin on Mr. Lovin.
The announcement came as total surprise to Mr. Lovin as only a few people knew of his selection by statewide broadcasters. Mr. Freudenberg, who worked with Mr. Lovin at WDEF and WDOD, said the recipient was always a “team player”, volunteering to work those un-popular tasks.
For several years Mr. Lovin produced for Luther Masingilll in the morning. The late Mr. Masingill once said Mr. Lovin was a true professional broadcaster who made his job a lot easier.