NASHVILLE (WRCB)- Chattanooga radio legend Tommy Jett will be 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 is 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.
There are also ten inductees in the legacy category, honoring radio personalities who have passed away. Among them is Allen Dennis, a Chattanooga native who was a top-rated Nashville deejay for more than 20 years. He died at his home in Chattanooga in early 2012.