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Historical Markers of Shelby County

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WDIA The Goodwill Station

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 1950s. 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.