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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.)
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. WDIA (here, next to this marker); First "Talkies" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Grisham (about 500 feet away); Cotton Exchange Building (about 500 feet away); Civil War Hospital (about 700 feet away); Civil War Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Saturday Night Jamboree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion Scudder Griffin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .  Station website noting its history.
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.
(Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
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 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. 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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