April 19, 2020

Dyana Williams and Soulful Sunday Broadcasts Its Final Show on Classix 107.9

Philly Radio Legend Dyana Williams and her co-host Derrick Sampson have ended their radio show and broadcast partnership on Classix 107.9 (WPPZ) Philadelphia. Their popular show 'Soulful Sunday' aired in Philadelphia for the last 12 years. The show was previously heard and for a time concurrently on sister station WRNB.

Dyana Williams has also exited her drive time hosting duties at from 3-7 P.M. at Classix 107.9. It was only last July (2019) that she approached and asked to fill the weekday drive time position at WPPZ. At the time she told the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I haven’t done full-time radio since the ’80s,” Williams said, primping her signature, now-platinum, bob. “I’ve filled in the years with so many other things … but I never stopped doing radio. I’ve always done part-time or little stints.”

Dyana is a veteran radio personality who began her career at 96.3 WHUR in the early 1970's. Back then she was known as "Ebony Moonbeams." In fact she sent us an aircheck years ago; for some reason we came across it again and uploaded it in 2018 to Youtube. [Listen Here]

She moved on to 107.5 WBLS in the mid-70's under the tutelage of Frankie Crocker. Then she settled in Philadelphia at 105.3 WDAS FM for many years as a radio host. 

But her claim to fame is really what she has done behind the scenes as a mentor for countless R&B and Hip Hop artists and groups trying to get themselves established in the music industry since the 1980's. You have frequently seen her lend her expertise and comments to the TV ONE program "Unsung."  More on Dyana from the New York Times:   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/arts/music/dyana-williams-hip-hop-media-trainer.html

She was also profiled in the Philadelphia Tribune as Hip Hop's Artist Whisperer

Dyana may be even be better known for coining the phrase: "City of Brotherly Love...and Sisterly Affection." She will be missed.

Derrick Sampson stated during their final broadcast that he will fill other capacities at the station. 

Her farewell words posted on Instagram:

After nearly 12 years on-air with Derrick Sampson, today will be our last Soulful Sunday together and my final broadcast on Classix 107.9 Love this man with all my being. Derrick is a talented, witty, gregarious man who is a valued part of my inner circle and a friend for life! 

Appreciate every caller, all SOULS who have supported our antics, playing the best r&b, interviewing everyone from Aretha Franklin to Philly Mayor Jim Kenney, as well as tons of people making a difference in our lives. I’ve been a radio personality since 18 years young...truly treasure my time with my Radio One Philadelphia family and the overall community. 

Much love to my Beloved Cathy Hughes, Alfred Liggins, station manager, Ezio Torres, my program director, Jay Dixon, producer Roman White, Colby, Karen Vaughn, siSTARS 🌟La Valle Warren, K.Foxx, Mina Say What, Daysha, Tiffany Bacon, Lady B, Roxi Fab, Katherine Kramer, Sarah O’Connor, Darlene, Brenda, Carolyn Hood, Ms. Sallie, Laiya St. Clair, (Carol Riddick and Jean Carne for sitting in for me)Tresa Sanders, Ayiko Broyard, Lisa Cortes, Helen L,Robin Lyon, Natina, Helen Bruner, Terry Jones, Janine Coveney, Germonique, Laurin Talese, Jackie Paige, Sweet Sarah, Deana Gamble, Rhonda T, Bri Steves, Breanna Zwart, Gail Mitchell, Aliya Crawford, Patti LaBelle, broSTARS E.Steven Collins, Senator Vincent Hughes, Quincy Harris, Touchtone, Jay-Ski, Greg Nitty, Bent Roc, Tactics, Travis Martin, Quentin, Sean Sams, Elroy Smith, Kevin Ross, David Mitchell, Bill Jolly, Brian Matthews, Brennan Williams, Phil Thornton, Will Downing, Donnie Meadows, Yusef Jaleel, Chase Fairbanks, Michael Archer for holding me up always. All the folks who I’ve ever worked with including all the artists, record reps, journalists, profound appreciation. 

What a blessing to do what you are passionate about. It’s been an honor to have had the opportunity to communicate with millions in my adopted hometown, Philly, New Jersey, Delaware and everywhere we stream on Planet Earth. Great memories to last me the rest of my life. Gracias Derrick and if you’ve ever listened to me on-air, gratitude. Tune in help us celebrate @classixphilly @10am-3pm 📻🎤🎧 @dsampson215 my family 🖤

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