Pioneer broadcaster Lin Folk celebrated her 100th Birthday

World War II veteran Lin Folk thanked the crowd who gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday at The Meadows Senior Living Community.

“People have asked me what’s it like to be 100. Is it any different?” Folk said. “There’s really no difference except this big party with all of my friends and my relatives (a dozen) from all over the country.” State Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-50) read several congratulatory letters and resolutions from The House and The Senate of Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Becky Pardue of Lakeshore Senior Communities coordinated the event.

Among the memorabilia on display at the event were WWII love letters of Lin Johnson and her then-husband-to-be Reau Folk of Nashville. Folk was a son of a Tennessee state treasurer and insurance commissioner.

Lin Folk went on the air with WPLN-FM radio the first day: December 17, 1962. After broadcasting many years there, the pioneer broadcaster went on to produce Tennessee Kaleidoscope interviews with notables which aired on stations across the state. These are available online at

Later still, Folk appeared several years onstage as the narrator for plays at Old Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt.
Elinor Johnson Folk will be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame on May 6 at the Marriott Nashville Airport. The event is open to the public. Reserve your ticket online at

Write to Lin Folk at The Meadows 8044 Coley Davis Rd, Nashville, TN 37221.