If you've been in the media for a long time, chances are good you may have in your archives a lot of treasures you don't realize you have.
That was the case for Ben Cagle and Earl Freudenberg, longtime broadcasters in the Chattanooga area.
Ben and Earl were going through old boxes of cassette tapes, and stumbled upon a recording that likely hasn't been heard for almost four decades: the complete speech of former California Governor and future president, Ronald Reagan. The speech was given at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga on May 21st, 1976.
"This particular old tape was in one of Earl Freudenberg's tape boxes for many years. It was recently converted to a CD. I was at Earls house last week going thru more old stuff & we decided to make this one public. Too important to not do so," Cagle told NewsChannel9
At the time, Reagan was challenging incumbent President Gerald R. Ford for the GOP presidential nomination. His candidacy survived all the way to the Republican National Convention that year, only to be defeated. But he would win the nomination - and the presidency - four years later.
Cagle's caption on his YouTube link says, "At the end of Reagan's talk includes remarks by then Chattanooga Mayor Pat Rose and Dr. Lee Roberson, long time pastor of Highland Park Baptist & Tennessee Temple founder."
You can listen to the entire speech by clicking 'play.'
We added the image accompanying the clip. It was taken by former NewsChannel9 cameraman Greg McCollum, who took the shot of Governor Reagan right after his plane landed in Chattanooga. McCollum captions
, "Ronald Reagan came to town in May 1976, campaigning against President Ford for the Republican nomination. Reporter Gary Wardlaw is just out of camera range. Reagan was asked if, as part of his desire to decrease big government, he would abolish the TVA. He gave his famous shake of the head and said, "I never called for the elimination of TVA.""
Cagle and Freudenberg continue to dig through their archives. If they strike historic gold again, depend on NewsChannel9 to let you know.