In The Lab: Women in Radio

Written by on 12/03/2021

In The Lab: Women in Radio!

Have you ever wondered who the first women to grace the radio airwaves were? Look no further as we have the answers right here!

FIRST FEMALE RADIO DJ (UK)

ANNIE AVRIL NIGHTINGALE

Annie Nightingale is widely known as the first female presenter on BBC Radio 1 (1970). 50 years in and she is now the station’s longest-serving broadcaster. She also remains the only female DJ in the world to have been honoured with an MBE by The Queen. In 2020, she was awarded a CBE and was actually asked to return her MBE since receiving the CBE but she doesn’t remember where it is!

Annie has fronted her own boutique, run fashion shows and also helped break David Bowie, Eminem and more. Her ability to find and support up and coming artists led to her gaining the label ‘Queen of the Breaks’.

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FIRST BLACK FEMALE RADIO HOST (UK)

UNA MARSON

Una Marson, was the host of the remarkable show ‘Caribbean Voices’ where she bravely and openly expressed the Caribbean cultural experience even as racial and social tension was at a very high level. She used her debut presenting slot ‘Calling the West Indies’ to connect the Caribbean and Britain where she gave Caribbean servicemen in Britain the ability to send encouraging messages home.

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FIRST BLACK FEMALE RADIO HOST (US)

MARY DEE DUDLEY 

Mary Dee Dudley broke both racial and gender barriers when she became America’s first African-American female disk jockey, in 1948. Her daily show “Movin’ Around” was lasted just 15 minutes initially and within six months, expanded to an hour, and two years later to two hours. On her show, Mary supported her community by playing the latest records by African American artists, introduced local talent, and interviewed national celebrities.

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FIRST BLACK FEMALE RADIO STATION OWNER (US)

DOROTHY EDWARDS BRUNSON

Dorothy Edwards Brunson was the first African-American woman to own her own radio station. In 1979, Dorothy bought Baltimore’s WEBB-AM and later added stations in Atlanta and Wilmington to her portfolio, making the owner of three radio stations! It is said that Dorothy was responsible for the development of the “urban contemporary” radio format.

Fun fact: In 1990, Brunson sold her stations so she could start a career in television.

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