Longtime local disc jockey/on-air personality Tommy Jett is among 10 people who will be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame May 4. Induction ceremonies will take place in Murfreesboro.
The list of the second class of inductees was officially released this week.
Jett began his career in 1961 at WFLI and has worked at several stations here over the years playing everything from new rock and pop to country music. He currently hosts “The Tommy Jett Good TIme Oldies Rock and Roll Variety Show” online at tommyjett.com.
Joining Jett are:
In the Career Category
• Charlie Chase, co-host of “Crook & Chase.”
• Pat Sajak, former WSM-AM personality and host of “Wheel of Fortune.”
• Rick Dees, disc jockey, television host who had a hit song with “Disco Duck.”
• George Klein, disc jockey, television host and longtime friend to Elvis Presley. Current host of Elvis Radio on SiriusXM and on the George Klein Original Elvis Hour on WKQK FM.
• Bob McKay, station owner from Columbia, Tenn.
• Les Acree, radio pioneer and mentor to many in the industry.
In the Legacy Category
• Rufus Thomas, R&B broadcaster and a recording star himself with hits like “Walkin’ the Dog” and “(Do the) Push and Pull.”
• Drue Smith, a Chattanooga native who wrote for both the Chattanooga papers before spending several decades reporting the news on radio stations across the state.
• Coyote McCloud, known as Bill Scott while working at WGOW in the early ’70s, went on to superstardom in Nashville, and was dubbed by CBS “America’s 1st shock jock.”
• George Mooney, owned a number of stations in Tennessee and was also involved in the Tennessee Volunteer Network.
• Allen Dennis, whose four-decade radio career started at WRIP in Chattanooga. He spent much of his career in Nashville.
• Dewey Phillips. The longtime Memphis DJ was the very first to ever play anything by Elvis, “That’s Allright Mama.”
• Luke Medley, Cookville, Tenn., WHUB.
• Noel Ball, a Top 40 DJ in Nashville who also did a lot of TV work.
• Tennessee Ernie Ford, best known for singing the hit “Sixteen Tons,” he began his career in radio in Bristol, Tenn.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...