David Carroll – “My older sisters always had the radio on. That was my first exposure to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Supremes. Living 30 miles from Chattanooga, the static-ridden, tiny AM transistor radios didn’t deliver much clarity, but they still packed a punch. All the hit-making producers of that era had mono speakers in mind when they put those records together. That’s why “Surfin USA,” “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” and “Baby Love” sounded so full, so complete. We remember where we were, and what we were doing when we heard them for the very first time. Once wasn’t enough, we had to hear them again!
That’s where WFLI came in. I’ve written before about Chattanooga’s “Great Jet-FLI,” the 50,000 watt AM station that is such a big part of my life. Other radio stations up and down the dial played those same songs. But none have had the lasting impact, and have earned the iconic status of WFLI. As local baby-boomers age into their 50s, 60s and 70s, some have difficulty remembering the names of their grandchildren, or where they left their keys. But if you start rattling off names and phrases like “Tommy Jett,” “Down-beat-beat-beat,” or “Jet-FLI Spectacular,” their faces light up.”
Bill Miller on his time at WFLI 68-69 – “David Carroll didn’t work there at the time, but he hung out so much that he should have drawn a salary. : )”