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Radio Legend "Luther" Gets State Highway Honor

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By David Carroll

dcarroll@wrcbtv.com

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-  Chattanooga's living radio legend was honored by the Tennessee General Assembly.   Luther Masingill, 88, will soon have a portion of South Broad Street named in his honor.  Luther began broadcasting on WDEF Radio on December 31, 1940, and later began a long TV career in April 1954 when WDEF Television signed on the air.  He continues both programs to this day. 

"Luther Masingill Parkway" will cover the portions of South Broad in which both WDEF Radio and TV studios are currently located.  The bill is described as a "lasting tribute to an excellent broadcaster and public servant and even more accomplished human being."  It is believed that no other broadcaster in the world has equaled Luther's record of longevity, particularly on the same radio and TV station.

The bill was introduced by Hamilton County lawmakers, and was passed unanimously in both houses.  WDEF Radio officials say they are planning a reception to honor Luther in the near future, as well as an official unveiling of the Luther Masingill Parkway signs.

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