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Doris "Cousin Tuny" Freeman
Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame inductee Doris Freeman (Class of 2014) died Saturday, August 6th, 2016.
Doris Freeman began her career in the 1930's as a Saturday regular feature radio singer and tap dancer. She created “Cousin Tuny” as a child loving, adult entertaining character that she took to radio, television and live venues, entertaining generations and raising millions of dollars over the decades for organizations such as the West TN Cerebral Palsy Center, the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the March of Dimes, the United Negro College Fund and more, hosting over 70 telethons all connected with children and education causes.
“Tuny” hosted daily and weekly radio shows on WDXI/Jackson, a daily TV children's show in Jackson (1955-1967), sang across West Tennessee as the lead vocalist of the Moonglows Dance Combo (1951-1977) and headed up Cousin Tuny Enterprises, one of Jackson's first advertising agencies.
As a single mother of four, she became Jackson's first female radio advertising representative with WDXI in 1948 and was known as a top rep there and later at WTJS and WJAK.
She produced and hosted live radio coverage of the Miss Tennessee Pageant for more than 20 years and gave Jackson audiences first hand, behind-the-scenes coverage of the Miss America Pageant live from Atlantic City.
2016 INDUCTION BANQUET
SETS ATTENDANCE RECORDPhoto: Starlet Burney
2016 Inductees - L-R: Bart Walker, Scott Shannon, Earl Freudenberg, Becky Sweeney (US-101), Jay Young (Cal Young), Harry Chapman Jr. and Yvonne Chapman (Harry Chapman), Carter Scott (Charlie Scott), Kenneth Forte (Warren Medley), Beth Brown (Aaron B. Robinson Sr.), Keith Landecker, Bill Poindexter.
Seated: Cathy Martindale, Maxine Humphreys
320 reservations at 32 tables were sold-out 11 days in advance of the 5th Annual Tennessee Radio Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet held May 14, 2016, at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. The stellar video tributes produced by Chip Chapman and edited by Austin Chadwick have all been uploaded now, and can be found on our YouTube channel, with links for your convenience on our website's 2016 Inductees page. We would ask everyone who took photos to please don't be shy about uploading them to our FaceBook page, and hashtag with #2016TRHOF. Soon, our official photos from ace shooter "Captain" Leslie Pardue will be viewable online. In the meantime, please bask in the results of one memorable evening!
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Early 70's WMAK Reunion at the 2016 Induction Banquet: L-R Michael St. John, Inductee John Young, Inductee Scott Shannon, Gary "Douglas" Beaty, Inductee Mike Bohan.
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