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Thunderbolt Radio and Digital sends congratulations these career inductees to the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame’s 6th annual class!
This Union City native is best known for his 24 years of service to broadcasters as President of the National Association of Broadcasters. Fritts began his career at WENK in Union City as a disc jockey and salesman. He later founded the Fritts Broadcasting Group with the purchase of WNLA in Indianola, Mississippi. The group grew to include four more AMs and five FMs in four states. Fritts was the 2011 recipient of the highest honor in broadcasting, NAB’s Distinguished Service Award. The Broadcasters Foundation of America presented him with the 2016 Excellence in Broadcasting Award this year. He has received numerous other accolades for his service.
A native of Trenton, Brown started his career at WKBJ in Milan, and also worked at WIRJ in Humboldt and WHBQ in Memphis before becoming co-host of Studio Wrestling at WHBQ-TV for 25 years. It’s still popular on YouTube. He hosted the Dialing for Dollars Movie, was a staff announcer and audio engineer and was audio engineer on the first-ever Bill Dance Fishing Show. He became a weathercaster in 1973, and for 37 years, was Chief Meteorologist for WMC-TV5. Brown is also well-known for his dedicated work as an advocate against drunk driving, which began following the loss of three members of his family in an alcohol-related crash in 1997.