“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)


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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
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. Touch 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. First Black Radio Station (here, next to this marker); First "Talkies" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Grisham
WDIA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
2. WDIA Marker
(about 400 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 . . .  WDIA - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 15, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 394 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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