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WFLI radio station signs off today

Radio station WFLI-AM 1070, which was known as “Jet-FLI, the fastest jet in the sky,” during its heyday in the 1960s and ’70s, will sign off the air today. Former on-air personalities and staff will be on the station from 1-4 p.m. today sharing their memories.

The station has been known as “The Mid South’s Most Powerful AM Gospel Station” for the last several years, but after signing on in 1961 it was the region’s rock ‘n’ roll station, competing against the more adult-oriented WDEF. It increased its power to 50,000 watts in 1967 and was the city’s most popular Top 40 station until 1980.

It was known for its fast-talking, slick DJs like Tommy Jett, Mike Murray and Johnny Eagle, “Jet-Fli Spectaculars” that brought everyone from The Monkees to The Who to town and the WFLI Light in the Sky, a gigantic spotlight that could be seen for miles around. It drew people to events such as football games and concerts.

Spike network to be spiked, rebranded as Paramount

NEW YORK — Cable television’s Spike network will be transformed into the Paramount network early next year, introducing new series with stars to include Alicia Silverstone and Michael Shannon.

In its announcement Thursday, owner Viacom billed the rebranded network as “a prime destination for premium storytelling.” Spike, launched in 2003, has focused on young men.

Paramount’s slate of new series will include “American Woman,” starring Silverstone as a feminism-driven single mother struggling to raise her two daughters in the 1970s.

The limited series “Waco,” starring Shannon and John Leguizamo, will cover the 51-day siege between the government and the Branch Davidians spiritual sect.

And “Heathers” will be a black-comedy anthology based on the 1988 film, with Shannen Doherty among its stars.

In addition, Spike-bred hit “Lip Sync Battle” will return for its fourth season.

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