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Radio Hall of Fame to induct 16 broadcasters
Two inductees with local connections
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The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame will officially induct its second class of broadcast honorees on May 4 during a gala event, including two with local connections.Sixteen broadcasters – seven in the Career category and nine in the Legacy category – will be honored.A Legendary Radio Station will also be named at the event.Tommy “Jett” Reynolds, a Smithville native and one of the original “Jet-Fli” guys on 50,000-watt WFLI in Chatta-nooga, will be inducted.Reynolds’ name has been synonymous with top 40 rock in the Chattanooga area for more than 50 years.He has hosted country and oldies shows on several stations and can now be heard on his website, He also emcees shows and is active in charity events and high school reunions with his “Tommy Jett Music Machine.”Reynolds is the son of the late Jim Brady and Annie Reynolds of Smithville.“The Old Pea-Picker” Tennessee Ernie Ford will be honored as a Legacy inductee.Ford’s daughter-in-law is Murphy Cook Ford, local attorney Butch Cook’s sister.Ford grew up in Bristol and studied music at the Cincinatti Conservatory of Music before enjoying a long career in country music.“These broadcasters have all distinguished themselves in the industry and in this state,” said Hall of Fame President Ralph Vaughn.“Some have entertained you locally. Some have become prominent on the national stage.