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Tucker joins WFIV news


Farragutpress will extend its news reach on “Farragut’s Independent Voice,” 105.3 FM, through the voice of one of its reporters.

Leslie Tucker, a news, community and entertainment writer/photographer with farragutpress, began a weekday newscast Monday, Nov. 14, featuring news from the newspaper.

Heard each weekday morning at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., the five to six-minute segments feature the latest local news from farragutpress and beyond. Tucker will be at the microphone alongside longtime 105.3 morning deeejay, Todd Ethridge, who began reporting the news from Farragut following the launch of WFIV Nov. 1.


The morning show has already begun inviting Farragut newsmakers into the studio for live interviews, another way the station will extend its Farragut-focused news programming.

Recent guests have included Farragut Mayor W. Edward Ford III and Eddie Courtney, Farragut High School head football coach.

As for Tucker in the anchor chair, “Leslie is the obvious choice in the fact that she’s already working with the farragutpress and she knows what’s happening there, the people, the places, the news,” said Brian Tatum, general manager of Horne Radio, parent company of WFIV.

Tucker said, “I’m really excited. I have so enjoyed getting to know the people of this community for farragutpress. Sharing Farragut news and events on WFIV is just an extension of my work at the newspaper.”

Having worked a Sunday night radio shift as a broadcasting student at the University of Tennessee, “it was one of the highlights of my college career,” Tucker said. “I saw there what I’ve also seen at WFIV — that the radio world is a great environment to be around.” Tucker’s reporting experience includes writing for a newspaper in Rockland County, N.Y.

“The people in radio — much like newspapers — have to be passionate about what they do,” she said. “They work hard, but they have fun.”

Farragut resident Doug Horne owns farragutpress and WFIV FM 105.3.





 

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