In 1962 WDIA, based in Memphis, Tennessee became the first U.S. radio station programmed by African-Americans, although its ownership was white.
The station had black DJ’s which helped it build an audience which attracted the attention of their advertisers when they realized there was a huge new market among black listeners.
WDIA had an audience that reached through the Mississippi Delta to the Gulf Coast. In 1996 Clear Channel Communications bought WDIA.
WDIA – AM 1070
2650 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Memphis TN 38118