Three local broadcasters elected to Radio Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE (WRCB)- Three local broadcasters have been elected to the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. Earl Freudenberg, a 53-year radio veteran, US-101 afternoon co-host Dex, and WJTT afternoon host Keith Landecker were selected in a vote of broadcasters from around the state. They join the late Luther Masingill and Tommy Jett as the only Chattanoogans selected in the Career category since the organization was established in 2012.
Dex received the news of his honor on Monday. Dex, whose real name is Bill Poindexter, has been on the air more than two decades at US-101. He currently co-hosts with Melissa "Mo" Turner Wagner.
Dex is from Fort Oglethorpe. He began his radio career in 1971 on WRIP in Rossville, while still attending Rossville High School. He later worked at top-40 station WFLI before entering the record promotion business with ABC and RCA Records.
This is the latest in a long list of honors including a 2013 induction into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. The Country Music Association named him "Personality of the Year" in 1999, 2005, 2010, and 2012. The Academy of Country Music did the same in 2010.
Dex joined US101’s afternoon drive show in 1994 and his partners have included David Earl Hughes, Jack Cole, Kim Carson, Al McClure and Melissa “Mo” Wagner. The constant through the last 21 years is that Dex has won his daypart 12+ and 25-54 in every book – 84 consecutive market leading books.
Earl Freudenberg, a lifelong Chattanoogan, has been on the air since 1962, while a student at Kirkman High. The only break in that time was for a year in the 70s when he worked for the American Forces Network Europe. He established a popular Sunday morning talk show on WDOD-AM and FM in the 1970s called "Sound-Off" which included live phone calls with local newsmakers. He later expanded the program to a daily afternoon show called "Viewpoint."
Freudenberg was among the early organizers of the Forgotten Child Fund, which sends the "Santa Train" out on Christmas Eve to deliver toys to needy children. He was named Tennessee's Broadcaster of the Year in 1981, and as longtime WDOD news director, was credited with mentoring and starting the careers of dozens of journalists. He currently hosts the morning program on WDYN radio.
Keith Landecker, from WJTT Power 94, will also be inducted. Landecker has been on the air in Chattanooga since 1989. His radio station has been nominated 5 times as Billboard Magazine's "Station of the Year". Landecker has coached at-risk youth on multiple teams and provided equipment, uniforms, transportation, and leadership. He was the 2011 Chattanooga recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Also elected were Nashville radio and NASCAR personality Cathy Martindale, 61-year Greeneville news reporter Maxine Humphries, and Bart Walker of WGNS in Murfreesboro. The awards will be presented in Murfreesboro on May 14, 2016.