Broadcasting Legend Luther Masingill Officially Induct Tommy
Into Tennessee Radio Hall
WRCB/TV Channel 3 - By David Carroll
Jett Inducted to the
Radio Hall of Fame
Chattanooga radio legend Tommy Jett
was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame on May 4 in
Murfreesboro. Jett was selected in the career category along
with Les Acree, Charlie Chase, Rick Dees, George Klein, Bob McKay
and Pat Sajak.
Jett is a longtime local
favorite, having started his career in 1961 at Chattanooga top-40
AM giant WFLI, a 50,000 watt station that dominated the ratings
in the 1960s. Jett was the evening voice of the station, known
as "The Great Jet-Fli," which specialized in playing
the hits of the rock and roll era, from Elvis to the Beatles
to disco. Later in his career, he was a top country deejay for
WDOD, and has played "oldies" for the past twenty years
at WDXB, WSGC and his current website, TommyJett.com.
The 72-year-old Jett says
he was thrilled to join the Hall of Fame, which last year inducted
another Chattanooga radio legend, WDEF's Luther Masingill. The
past year has been a rollercoaster ride for "TJ the DJ,"
having survived a near-fatal car accident last April, and later
being listed in very critical condition after complications from
surgery in July. He later rebounded to return to his weekly broadcast,
and was honored by the naming of "Tommy Jett Drive,"
a road near his home in Walker County, Georgia in October.