published Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

America Tonight's Luther Masingill feature to air on TV Friday

Luther Masingill is shown being interviewed by “America Tonight” reporter Adam May of the Al Jazeera America network.
Luther Masingill is shown being interviewed by “America Tonight” reporter Adam May of the Al Jazeera America network.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The "America Tonight" feature on local radio icon Luther Masingill will appear on the Al-Jazeera network Friday at 9 p.m., according to a news release. Producer Sopan Deb had originally said when he and a cameraman and anchor Adam May were here to follow Masingill around for three days in late October that the feature would air in late November..

“Obviously, anything can happen, but right now the story is potentially scheduled to run on Friday,” said Deb. “I have been following Luther’s career for years and I hope to do his story justice.”

A book signing is also scheduled for Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble featuring Masingill and authors James Howard and Bolly Abernathy. The two co-wrote "My Life with Luther: A Glimpse of a Legendary American Broadcaster."

Masingill, best known to Chattanoogans as simply Luther, began his career on New Year’s Eve in 1940 and has been with the same station, in the same time slot ever since. In November 2012, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

The book is told through the eyes of Howard, who has been Masingill's on-air partner for almost two decades.

"America Tonight" airs on Chattanooga Comcast channel 107 and EPBFI channel 149.

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