Radio's "Hey Earl" gets street name honor in Red Bank
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Red Bank City Commissioners honored a native son Tuesday night, dedicating the existing Freudenberg Lane in honor of radio veteran Earl Freudenberg.
The WDYN morning host said the road was named in honor of an ancestor, and now an additional sign commemorates his 50-year radio career.
State Representative Richard Floyd, Chattanooga City Court Judge Russell Bean, former Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams and 70-year radio veteran Luther Masingill attended the meeting to honor their longtime friend.
Freudenberg's full name is Luther Earl Freudenberg, saying he was named after the WDEF legend, who attended school with his mother.
Freudenberg's first job was at WAPO, helping sportscaster Gus Chamberlain broadcast Chattanooga Lookouts games. Although still a high school student, his love for radio was already paying off, and by the time he was 17 he was hired as a deejay on WDOD-AM, then a popular country music station.
Before he was out of his teens, he was holding down the important afternoon drive time slot. He spent almost 40 years at WDOD, before switching to WDYN in 2005.
He spent two years in the early 1970s with the American Forces Network Radio and Television Services in Frankfurt, Germany. He says it was his only broadcasting assignment outside of Chattanooga, as well as his personal favorite.
Among his many volunteer efforts are the Forgotten Child Fund, the annual Armed Forces Day parade and the Red Bank Jubilee.
Red Bank Commissioner John Roberts credited Freudenberg with being a lifelong friend of Red Bank. "He has always been here for us. He's the man we call when we need help."
Former Mayor Pat Brown summed up Freudenberg's service. "He's always been there for us, and he always will be, "Brown said.