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WDIA

The Goodwill Station

 
 
WDIA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
1. WDIA Marker
Inscription. WDIA, the Goodwill Station, was the first radio station in the nation to have an all-black format. This format made WDIA the top-rated Memphis Station in the early 1950's. In 1948, Nat D. Williams became its first black "D-J". Among those who appeared on WDIA were B. B. King, Dwight More, Rufus Thomas, A. C. Williams, Willa Monroe, Martha Jean Steinberg and Maurice Hulbert. Early programs included Teen-Town Singers, Payday Today, Brown America Speaks and Hallelujah Jubilee.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 118.)
 
Location. 35° 8.587′ N, 90° 3.181′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Avenue and S November 6th St. Or Gen Washburns Escape Alley, on the left when traveling east on Union Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. WMC Radio Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memphis Queen II (approx. 0.2 miles away); Schools For Freedmen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lansky Brothers (approx. 0.2 miles away); James H. Malone
WDIA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
2. WDIA Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Hooks Brothers Photography (approx. mile away); Capt. J. Harvey Mathes (approx. mile away); 128 Court Street (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .  WDIA - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 15, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 301 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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