Dyana Williams’ career exceeds limitation. Whether showcasing her talents in broadcasting, print journalism and community activism or television producing & reporting, media coaching and lecturing, she’s remained a constant force in the entertainment industry for over four decades.
Currently, Williams co-hosts “Soulful Sunday,” with Derrick Sampson, a weekly show broadcast via Radio One adult contemporary station, WRNB-FM, which won the Achievement in Radio Award for Best Weekend Show in Philadelphia. Each Sunday, 10am to 3pm, she can be found at 100.3 on the FM dial, deftly weaving the musical history born of her adopted hometown and other classic music – from Aretha Franklin, The Temptations to Teddy Pendergrass…and every artist in between.
Affectionately named "The Ambassador of African-American Music" by American Express’ Departures magazine, the Harlem, New York native began her career at WHUR-FM in the Nation’s Capitol and later, journeyed back home to the top-rated station, 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,” which aired on Washington, D.C.’s CBS affiliate, WUSA.
Williams made Philadelphia her home in 1980 when she accepted a coveted on-air position with WDAS-FM. Along with organizing the station’s community-based activities, she moonlighted as a News & Entertainment Reporter for BET and Music Consultant for VH1’s “The Soul of VH1.”
Dyana helped establish June, Black Music Month (with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kenny Gamble) and was recognized for her music activism in the White House by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. She has been spotlighted on CNN's Headline News as one of the top African American leaders in the country and has also appeared on PBS, MTV and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. A frequent commentator on the highly acclaimed TV One music series, UNSUNG. Along with Mark Rowland, Williams co-executive produced the Teddy Pendergrass episode of UNSUNG, which garnered a NAACP Image Award that season.
Her writing has graced the pages of numerous publications including Billboard, The Philadelphia Tribune and The Philadelphia New Observer. She’s been profiled in The New York Times, VIBE, Essence, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Jet, Upscale,The Philadelphia Sun and The Philadelphia Weekly. Williams also frequently lectures at major colleges and university campuses throughout the United States. Among them, she has spoken at such illustrious institutions as Howard, Hampton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University.
Over the last decade, Williams has expanded her portfolio to include artist development and media coaching. To date, she has engineered media strategies for her celebrity clientele that have included Rihanna, T.I, Charlie Wilson, Janelle Monae, The Zac Brown Band, A$AP Rocky, two American Idols, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, one housewife of Atlanta, Sheree Whitfield, multiple GRAMMY Award winners, many platinum selling performers, executives, actors and athletes, among many others.
Dyana is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, NABFEME and is the past president and current board member of The Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy (or the GRAMMYs organization). She is the co-producer of the Marian Anderson Awards, and has proudly orchestrated tributes to Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynton Marsalis, Patti LaBelle, Gamble & Huff. A graduate of the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication, where she graduated cum laude, she currently sits on their board.
Ever mindful of the importance of family, Williams is most proud of her role as mother to her three children from her former union with acclaimed producer and songwriter, Kenny Gamble – Salahdeen, Princess Idia and Caliph, and her grandson Luke.
Dyana Williams, a certified PADI scuba diver and passionate art collector, splits her time between her home in the Philadelphia area and her sanctuary in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.