Historic Markers Across Tennessee

First Black Radio Station

Marker ID:  8
Location: 112 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.588    W 090° 3.179
  35.14313333    -90.05298333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


First Black Radio Station

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.

Center City Commission 2003


This is one of a series of small plaques mounted in the sidewalks of Memphis.