October 1, 2012

Dyana Williams To Be Inducted into Broadcasting Hall Of Fame

The Harlem native known as “The Ambassador of African-American Music” began her career at WHUR

Radio personality Dyana Williams of 100.3 WRNB Philadelphia is joining a collection of Temple University honorees being inducted into Lew Klein’s Alumni in the Media Awards Hall of Fame. On Thursday October 18, 2012, Dyana will be one of eight individuals inducted into the broadcasting hall of fame along side notable journalist, author and television personality, Anderson Cooper.
[Listen here] to Dyana's announcement of the event on her "Soulful Sunday" afternoon show.

To celebrate with Dyana Williams, Anderson Cooper and Lew Klein visit the Alumni Media Awards Website for more information.

Below is a Dyana Williams aircheck at the beginning of her career at 96.3 WHUR in Washington, D.C. on the program called "Ebony Moonbeams."

(Air Check Courtesy of Dyana Williams)

From the Temple University Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards website

Dyana Williams hosts “Soulful Sunday,” a weekly show on 100.3 WRNB-FM Radio One, which won the Achievement in Radio Award for Best Weekend Show in Philadelphia for 2006.  Affectionately named “The Ambassador of African-American Music” by American Express’ Departures magazine, the Harlem, N.Y., native began her career at WHUR-FM in the Nation’s Capitol and later, journeyed back home to WBLS-FM. After making history as the first African-American woman to join an on-air team in rock radio at WRQX-FM, she landed her first on-camera position as an entertainment reporter on PM Magazine, in Washington, D.C.

Williams made Philadelphia her home in 1980 when she accepted an on-air position with WDAS-FM. Along with organizing the station’s community-based activities, she moonlighted as a reporter for BET and music consultant for The Soul of VH1. After co-founding the International Association of African-American Music in 1991, she rallyed alongside Congressman Chaka Fattah for a bill that gave credence to African-American music as a viable cultural and economic entity.

She has been honored with a Liberty Bell from Philadelphia Mayor John Street, as well as a citation from the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. Williams is a member of AFTRA/SAG, NABFEME and has served on the board of governors for the Philadelphia chapter of NARAS.

Over the last decade, Williams has expanded her portfolio to include artist development/media coaching and to date, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, T.I., Chris Brown, The Dave Matthews Band, Ne-Yo, three American Idols and many others, have all benefited from her hands-on approach. She’s also delved into the realm of documentary film with Message in the Music: Gamble, Huff, Bell’s Sound of Philadelphia, a project she’s producing with noted director/writer Nelson George.

Williams is most proud of her role as mother to her three children. She splits her time between her homes in the Philadelphia area and New Orleans.

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