72 years on air in Chattanooga, Luther talks on

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Luther Masingill became beloved by using the power of radio to help people find lost dogs, and his work has earned him a top industry honor.

At age 17, he auditioned for a new radio station, thinking it was to answer the telephone. He was made a "cub announcer," and now he has been on WDEF in Chattanooga for 72 years.

He will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 and was among this year's initial class of inductees for the new Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.

At 90, Luther says his health is good and he sees no retirement ahead. He's been married to Mary Masingill for 54 years and wed to the microphone longer.


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