Luther Masingill, the legendary local radio personality, will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Sunday, March 9th. Known simply as "Luther" to generations of Chattanooga listeners, he's been on the air at WDEF for more than 70 years. In 2012, Luther was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
David Carroll posted this clip of Luther's recent appearance on Sirius XM:
On March 11, ArtsBuild Chattanooga will present Ruth Holmberg with their first Arts Leadership Award. Holmberg was the publisher of the Chattanooga Times from 1964 until 1992. She’s also chaired the boards of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera association and the Hunter Museum, and is a founding member of the Tennessee Arts Commission. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to the president of ArtsBuild, Dan Bowers, and Chair of the Board Patti Frierson.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Bill Dedman will be in Chattanooga on Tuesday, March 11th to sign books and give a presentation at the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild Meeting. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place 6:30pm – 8pm at the Chattanooga Public Library downtown.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press published 'Even Unto Death,' a special report on serpent handling in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Serpent-handling Kentucky pastor Jamie Coots recently died from a rattlesnake bite. Coots, who starred in the National Geographic show "Snake Salvation," was credited with helping put the long-hidden practice of serpent handling in the limelight.
The United Auto Workers are appealing last week's election results at Chattanooga's Volkswagen manufacturing plant. In the UAW's objection, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the UAW claims that Tennessee politicians such as State Senator Bo Watson "conducted what appears to have been a coordinated and widely-publicized coercive campaign... to deprive VWGOA workers of their federally-protected right, through the Election, to support and select the UAW as their exclusive representative... free of coercion, intimidation, threats and interference."
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations President Richard Trumka addresses members during the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention at Los Angeles Convention Center in Sept. 2013.
When workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers in a recent vote on whether to unionize, it was a stinging setback for a labor movement looking for a big organizing victory in a Southern state.
The United Auto Workers failed to unionize Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant last week, but how soon might they return? Nooga.com reporter Chloé Morrison joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller for a discussion of what's ahead.