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Thunderbolt Radio and Digital President and General Manager Paul Freeman Tinkle is being inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.

Mr. Tinkle was the first inductee named in a press release. He began his career in radio as a janitor at WCMT when he was 15-years-old. By graduation in 1972, he was a night-time jock and then moved to morning drive while at UT Martin. He's since worked at WUTM-FM, WHDM-AM, WALR-FM, WYMC, WDXR, and WENK.

In his long career, he’s been a DJ, news director, production director, play-by-play sports announcer, program director, and general manager. In 1983 he became an owner of Thunderbolt Broadcasting. Mr. Tinkle has very strong local and regional involvement in his community and helps provide coverage of local sports and targeted programs for his specific communities. He continues to host a popular morning show on WCMT and has received numerous broadcasting awards including TAB's Distinguished Service Award and The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame award.

Mr. Tinkle, along with the entire Class of 2022, will be honored on Saturday, August 6th at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center in Murfreesboro.