Historic Markers Across Tennessee

WDIA - The Goodwill Station

Marker ID: THC 4E 118
Location: at the intersection of Union Avenue and S November 6th St. Or Gen Washburns Escape Alley, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.587    W 090° 3.1
  35.14311666    -90.05166666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMEDX5


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