Radio Hall of Fame: Lin Folk was among the first voices heard in the ’60s when WPLN-FM, Nashville’s public radio station, went on the air. Folk, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, has just been recognized in the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
In presenting the honor, TNRHoF Master of Ceremonies John Young handed Folk his microphone.
She said: “I am very pleased to be here and I’d like to tell you a little tale about radio and TV. When I was in NY one time I had the chance to interview Lassie.
“When Lassie came in her handler said “Oh, no. There’s no TV camera in here. Lassie cannot do radio.”
“I said, ‘Well, we will see.’
“Lassie scratched. Lassie barked. Lassie was just a beautiful dog. My interview with Lassie was one of the most entertaining I’ve ever had.”
Before starting her radio career, Folk trained Navy pilots in the military then became The Lollipop Princess telling children stories at Nashville’s Public Library then on WPLN-FM. She went on to other duties and interview shows on the station.
Lin Folk then independently produced Kaleidoscope a statewide syndicated radio series funded by grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014, Ms. Folk graciously donated her master Kaleidoscope tapes to the Tennessee Radio Hall Of Fame. Among her interviewees other than Lassie were the Opry’s Minnie Pearl and Nashville’s award winning quilter, Bets Ramsey.
Broadcasters from across the state were recognized at the annual TNRHoF banquet. WSM’s Gary Beaty was along with other awardees hailing from stations in West and East Tennessee. Several honorees were deceased, among them WSM’s David Cobb and esteemed Capitol Hill reporter Don Spain.
The 2017 Induction Ceremony was the sixth for the organization with the mission to preserve and honor the rich history and heritage of radio in Tennessee. For further information go to tennradiohalloffame.org or write to Post Office Box 158921 Nashville TN 372015.