Group photo of Commissioners with Luther Masingill and WTVC's Marcia Kling
Luther posing in front of a 1977 Gordon Wetmore painting of prominent Chattanoogans, including himself
The proclamation given to Luther Masingill from the County Commission
County Clerk Bill Knowles and WRCB's David Carroll congratulate "Luther"
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- The longest-running broadcaster in world history has spent his entire career in Chattanooga and adds to his amazing records each day. Luther Masingill began working at WDEF radio in 1940, and on WDEF-TV in 1954. He still reports to work at both stations, a few blocks from each other on South Broad Street, each weekday morning.
Wednesday, Hamilton County Commissioner Marty Haynes led his colleague in a salute to the popular announcer, who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame last November. In a proclamation, the Commissioners honored Luther "for using the power of broadcasting for the common good...reuniting pets with their owners as well as helping countless others."
Commission Chairman Larry Henry reminisced about Luther visiting his elementary school some sixty years ago, "a moment I'll never forget," he said. Commissioner Warren Mackey thanked Luther for "jump-starting my car about thirty years ago." County Trustee Bill Hullander called his friend "the most amazing broadcaster there's ever been."
The radio/TV legend got two standing ovations from the Commission and audience, reminding them, "If you lose your dog, call me."