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MARTHA JEAN. ‘THE QUEEN’ OF DETROIT URBAN RADIO

August 18th, 2017

MARTHA JEAN ‘THE QUEEN’ circa 1990s.


Martha Jean Steinberg

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A special THANK YOU to Diane Steinberg Lewis, daughter of Martha Jean Steinberg, for recently sharing with Motor City Radio Flashbacks this lovely portrait of Martha Jean. August 12, 2017.

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A TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN



PRESS IMAGES FROM DETROIT RADIO’S PAST: ‘JLB 1967

August 18th, 2017

WJLB-AM 1400 MARTHA JEAN ‘The Queen’ 1967 (Press Photo)


WJLB-AM 1400 MARTHA JEAN ‘The Queen’ 1967 (Press Photo)


Martha Jean the Queen

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In the early 1950s, Martha Jean, would become one of but a few female broadcasters in the country working radio “on-the-air.” She landed her first DJ stint in broadcast radio when she was hired at Memphis’ WDIA in 1954.

In 1963, Bell Broadcasting in Detroit, WCHB, hired Martha Jean from Memphis’ WDIA. After three years on the radio there, she left WCHB for Detroit’s WJLB on October 24, 1966.

Fifty years ago, during the Detroit riot in July 1967, in her personal attempt to quell the widespread civil disturbance and “calm the citizenry” — Martha Jean convinced WJLB management to cancel all scheduled programming — thus allowing her to remain on the air for an unprecedented 48 consecutive hours.

The legendary soul radio personality Martha Jean, known as “The Queen,” remained a broadcasting staple for over four decades while in the Motor City. She became a formidable voice for Detroit and its inner-city. In 1982, she purchased her own radio station, becoming management for WQBH (formerly Detroit’s WMZK).

She remained there on the air until the day she passed away, January 29, 2000.


WDIA MARTHA JEAN Memphis circa 1950s.



DETROIT ‘CHB-AM 1440: NEWSPAPER 1966 FLASHBACK

August 18th, 2017


Sunday, October 23, 1966

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WCHB-AM ‘That Queen Of ‘Soul,’ Martha Jean’ 

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ELVIS PRESLEY REMEMBERED. ‘THE KING IS GONE,’ 1977

August 17th, 2017

Ronnie McDowell (Press Photo) 1979


THE KING IS GONE * RONNIE McDOWELL * 1977



A 1960S MOTOR CITY MUSIC FEATURE RECALLED: 1977!

August 17th, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1977

40 YEARS AGO TODAY. ELVIS PRESLEY IS DEAD. WHEN DETROITERS READ THE NEWS

 

 



FROM THE BACK-PAGES OF THE DETROIT FREE PRESS

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1977

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MEMPHIS, TENN — Elvis Presley, the gyrating king of rock ‘n’ roll who forever changed the face of music two decades ago when he growled, “You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog,” died Tuesday of a “erratic heartbeat.” 

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— DETROIT FREE PRESS


DETROIT FREE PRESS Wednesday, August 17, 1977


DETROIT FREE PRESS Wednesday, August 17, 1977


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DETROIT 1995 WJR-AM RADIO NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK

August 17th, 2017





Thursday, August 17, 1995

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WJR-AM “Detroit Radio Legend Falls Silent”

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PRESS IMAGES FROM DETROIT RADIO’S PAST: WJR 1975

August 17th, 2017

WJR-AM J. P. McCARTHY (Press Photo) 1975



THE VOICE OF MORNINGS REMEMBERED. J.P., WJR 760

August 16th, 2017

J. P. McCARTHY 1970


A TRIBUTE TO J. P. McCARTHY

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J. P. McCarthy passed away, on this day, August 16, 1995. 22 years ago.

Today, Motor City Radio Flashbacks reflects on the broadcasting career of this great Detroit radio legend. J. P. McCarthy. See our previous feature, February 12, 2012 (LINKED HERE).



THIS WEEK 50 YEARS AGO: THE HOTTEST HIT IN THE USA!

August 16th, 2017


NUMBER 1 IN AMERICA ’67 * The Beatles * 08/13/67 – 08/19/1967


BILLBOARD HOT 100 TOP FIVE: WEEK-ENDING AUGUST 19, 1967

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NUMBER ONE FOR 1967!

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ELEVEN WEEKS on the singles chart, “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles peaked this week at No. 01 (1 week) on the Billboard Hot 100, week August 13 through August 19, 1967(source: Billboard)

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MCRFB Link: For the previous No. 1 record in the U.S.A. 1967 GO HERE.



50TH! TALKIN’ ‘BOUT MY GENERATION: TOP HITS OF ’67!

August 16th, 2017


KENNY O’ DELL * 1967


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