New Park Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee
Nathaniel (Nat) D. Williams (19 October 1907 – 27 October 1983) is not known as a musician but rather as promoter and as a radio personality at WDIA Radio in Memphis. There is also a Tennessee Historical Commission marker on Beale Street in downtown Memphis commemorating Nat D. Williams.
The GPS location of his grave in New Park Cemetery is: N 35º 01.175’ W 90º 04.188’
In 1948, WDIA wanted to convert to an all black on air format to market the station to Memphis’ African-American community, which made up 40% of Memphis’ population but which was very under served by radio programmers and marketers.
WDIA hired Nat Williams, then a high school teacher but also a syndicated newspaper columnist, to do a radio show aimed specifically at Memphis’ African-American community.
Nat Williams’ “Tan Town Jamboree” first went on air on WDIA on 25 October 1948 and quickly became a local hit.
Prior to joining WDIA, Nat Williams had co-hosted the Palace Theatre Amateur Hour at the Palace Theatre on Beale Street. He quickly induced his Palace Theatre co-host, Rufus Thomas Jr., to join him at WDIA. Rufus Thomas started with a 15 minute WDIA show called Sepia Swing Club but was soon hosting a two hour radio show called “Hoot and Holler.”
Nat D. Williams was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
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