Did you ever fall asleep listening to WFLI with your transistor radio? Did ever call in to TJ’s Night Train? Did you scream or faint at the Jet-Fli Spectatculars? Did you participate in the mini-march? If so, we want to know!
Ralph Vaughn – “As President of the TN Radio Hall of Fame, I congratulate and commend all those involved with producing the historical tribute to WFLI in Chattanooga, one of the trailblazing radio stations in our great state. I personally have fond memories of WFLI going back to 1965 when I was a starry eyed teenager living in Smithville. I had an affinity for WFLI for several reasons. I was beginning my own fledging intro of a dream that had consumed my mind for eleven years. You see, I had dreamed of being a radio announcer since the age of six. With that mindset, and on a good day weather wise, my car radio would capture the best music from my generation from Lookout Mtn., TN. And for me personally, there were three cool djs who called Smithville their roots, Dale Anthony, Nick Smith, and Tommy Jett. They were an important part of my zeal for radio. Now that I’m retired from radio broadcasting, I have time to reflect and almost feel the same emotions that I did back in 1965. Being involved with the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame provides me an opportunity to join other broadcasters across the state to help preserve and perpetuate the legacy and importance of radio in almost every community from Mountain City to Memphis. What would any community be without radio? And what would the midsouth be without the memories of WFLI radio. Thanks for the memories! WFLI, you helped to change my life, and I am thankful.”
Earl Freudenberg – “I never worked at WFLI, but I certainly spent a lot of time listening to the station. Growing up, it was WDXB and WOGA, all the great top 40 stations. But then in the early 60’s, WFLI sounded on the air, and it was like walking in the room and turning on a light. And all the kids my age switched over to WFLI. I wonder if WDXB had any listeners left, but they still did some top 40. ”
Jim Welch – “Spent many hours listening to jet-fli. It was a great AM station!”
John King – “I was at Baylor School when the Fly went on the air. I remember they played the hell out of “Saved” by Lavern Baker.”