- The Beginnings of Black Radio: My Years at WDIA
- Christine Cooper Spindel with Carol Spindel
- Prairie Island Press
- Published Date:
- Paperback / softback
- Product Dim.:
- 9 H x 6 W (inches)
The Beginnings of Black Radio: My Years at WDIA
by Christine Cooper Spindel with Carol Spindel
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.
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