Title: Martha Steinberg discusses the significance of WDIA in affirming African American culture
Creator: Smithsonian Productions
Date Created: 1995-06-13
Physical Dimensions: WAV
Transcript: I think it gave somewhat of respect, and hope, and inspiration to the people. Because before that time, they were just hurtled into corners and the other radio stations played every music, but their music. And did not ever - they had never heard their name on the radio, or never saw their name in the paper, or no one ever recognized them. At 'DIA, they could feel akin because somebody recognized them and called their name, and told them they were important, and planned things where they could be a part of a large family gathering. So, from that point of view, I think the radio station - in fact, I think WDIA is one of - when we were there it was one of the greatest radio stations in this nation.
Special collection number: SC 39
Special collection name: Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was