published Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Courter: Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame courting members

David Carroll, keeper of all things local radio, reached out to friends and acquaintances this week trying to rally folks to join the new Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.

Carroll is on the advisory board and has attended several planning meetings for the proposed hall. You can learn more at, but Carroll said the hall is based on those in other states.

Members of the hall can nominate and vote for inductees, and that is where you come in. Anyone can become a member, and only members can vote.

Full membership is open to anyone who has worked in radio in Tennessee for at least two years. Anyone can become an associate member. To join, go to the website, download the form and send in your $25 check for full membership or $15 to become an associate member.

As Garry Mac pointed out in the email chatter generated by Carroll's initial blast, "We can all get in 'cause there's no background check (Don Welch)!!!"

The move to get the hall up and running is an offshoot of several books being written on the subject in the last couple of years.

Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame President and Executive Director Lee Dorman released "Nashville Broadcasting" in 2009 and from there talked with folks at the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, and the idea for one here was born.

Carroll released "Chattanooga Radio and Television History" last year.

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The lineup for the next "Dancing With the Stars" was announced this week, and Dalton High School graduate J.R. Martinez is one of the contestants.

Martinez graduated from the North Georgia school in 2002. In 2003, Martinez was driving a Humvee in Iraq when it struck a land mine. He suffered severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body and has since undergone 33 surgeries.

He has become a motivational speaker and has appeared on "Oprah" and "60 Minutes."

"Dancing With the Stars" makes its season premiere Sept. 19 on ABC, WTVC-TV 9 locally.

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Amy Katcher is now anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at WDEF-TV 12. The one-time local meteorologist/reporter spent a few years doing the morning weather in Huntington, W. Va., before moving back here. She is married to Mike Dunne, former WTVC-TV 9 anchor/reporter and current external communications manager for the Hamilton County mayor.

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Last week's abbreviated list of winners of Miss Annie Awards given by the Chattanooga Theatre Centre omitted two big winners. They are Best Supporting Actress in a Circle Production: Shelia Wofford for "Blues for Mr. Charlie" and Best Actor in a Circle Production: LeBron Benton for "Blues for Mr. Charlie."

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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