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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Black Radio Station

 
 
First Black Radio Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
1. First Black Radio Station Marker
Inscription.  On October 25, 1948 at 4p.m., Nat D. Williams signed on at WDIA radio, becoming the first black disc jockey on the South's first all-black radio station. His revolutionary rhythm and blues program followed a show called "Hillbilly Party" and replaced a program of classical music.
 
Erected 2003 by Center City Commission. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee, Memphis, Center City Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 8.588′ N, 90° 3.179′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Avenue and November 6th Street, on the right when traveling west on Union Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Union Avenue, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. WDIA (here, next to this marker); Union Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker);
First Black Radio Station Marker can be see in sidewalk to right of lamp post. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
2. First Black Radio Station Marker can be see in sidewalk to right of lamp post.
The Fire of 1872 (within shouting distance of this marker); Farnsworth Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Barboro Grocery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peabody Hotel (about 400 feet away); First "Talkies" (about 400 feet away); Greek Influence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Another nearby marker about WDIA radio station. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
3. Another nearby marker about WDIA radio station.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 22, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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Aug. 11, 2020