The Beginnings of Black Radio: My Years at WDIA

ISBN: 9780975425633

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Legendary Memphis radio station WDIA was called the “Goodwill Station” for its public service, the “Starmaker Station” for its influence on American music, and the “Mother Station of the Negroes” because it was the first radio station in the country to feature all-Black programming. In the late 1940s, in an era of strict segregation, WDIA put Black hosts on the air to speak directly to their community. Managed by a white staff, the station became an early experiment in integration. And, in a world dominated by men, WDIA’s determined young program director was a woman. At ninety-four, Christine Cooper Spindel is finally telling her personal story — how, in segregated 1940s Memphis, a young white woman learned to see her society through new eyes, and worked to change radio history.

Title:
The Beginnings of Black Radio: My Years at WDIA
ISBN-13:
9780975425633
Author:
Christine Cooper Spindel with Carol Spindel
Publisher:
Prairie Island Press
Published Date:
2019
Binding
Paperback / softback
Pages:
162
Language:
English
Product Dim.:
9 H x 6 W (inches)

Christine Cooper Spindel with Carol Spindel

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Christine Cooper Spindel was program director of Memphis radio station WDIA from 1947 to 1954, when she left WDIA to raise her two children, Carol and Alan. She moved from her home in Memphis to Urbana, Illinois in 2017. Carol Spindel is the author of two nonfiction books and many essays and articles. Retired from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she works as an ACLU activist and teaches writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.  carolspindel.com

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About the Author

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Christine Cooper Spindel was program director of Memphis radio station WDIA from 1947 to 1954, when she left WDIA to raise her two children, Carol and Alan. She moved from her home in Memphis to Urbana, Illinois in 2017.

Carol Spindel is the author of two nonfiction books and many essays and articles. Retired from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she works as an ACLU activist and teaches writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.  carolspindel.com

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