Tennessee Journalism Hall Of Fame

“Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding skill in their Journalism field”

Luther Masingill

Aug 12, 2014 at 09:46 am by Hooper

Masingill is the world's longest-serving radio announcer working at the same station, marking more than 70 years at WDEF-FM 92.3, complemented by 60 years at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga. He is the only announcer to have reported on-air both the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the 2011 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City, and he's won honors ranging from the national Marconi Award to the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters' Broadcaster of the Year Award. Masingill, who began his career in radio in 1940 and served with the 13th Airborne Signal Corps in the South Pacific in World War II, continues a busy broadcast schedule today: a renowned early-morning drive show, a daily calendar with WDEF-TV's morning program and a daily noon radio show. His extensive community service includes his ongoing efforts to reunite lost pets with their families, working with creatures ranging from dogs and cats to snakes and llamas.

Sections: Members | 2014