In celebration of Women’s History Month, UAW Ford is recognizing women who have used their power to fight for equality!
UAW Ford recognizes Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg –
Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg was born Martha Jean Jones in Memphis, Tennessee. Her first radio job was on Memphis’ WDIA starting in 1954. There she was one of the first female disc jockeys in the United States, with a program that included the latest R&B hits along with the typical “household hints” programming that was de rigueur at the time for female radio personalities. In 1963 she moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she was heard on WCHB and then throughout the late 1960s and 1970s on WJLB. On July 23, 1967 Steinberg convinced WJLB to cancel its normal evening programming. In place of it she did an on-air program calling for people to calm down and stop rioting. It has been suggested that this prevented the 1967 Detroit riot from being worse than it was.
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