Soulful Sunday: A drift down memory lane with a soulful mix of vintage R&B fused with exclusive interviews with music makers, celebrities and more!
Dyana Williams is an entertainment powerhouse. A broadcasting professional for more than four decades, Williams is currently heard weekly on Radio One Philadelphia’s Old School 100.3 where she co-hosts Soulful Sunday. In addition, Williams is CEO of Influence, where she has engineered media strategies for a diverse clientele. Past and present clients include, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, T.I., members of the Dave Matthews Band, Janelle Monae, A$AP Rocky, The Zac Brown Band, three American Idols, one Real Housewife of Atlanta and one Love and Hip Hop Atlanta cast member, among many others. She is a frequent commentator for TV One’s landmark NAACP Image Award winning docu-series, Unsung. She served as co-executive producer of the Teddy Pendergrass episode. She is a go to commentator on African-American music and culture and has appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper, PBS, MTV, BET, Good Day Philadelphia, and the Tom Joyner Morning Show. She has also been profiled on NBC, VIBE, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Black Enterprise, Upscale, The Philadelphia Tribune and The Philadelphia Weekly.
Ms. Williams is also a community activist, print journalist, documentarian, and lecturer at colleges, universities, and corporations across the country, and internationally. In her role as a music advocate, Dyana successfully lobbied Congress, and helped to enact House Concurrent Bill 509 to recognize African-American music as a viable economic and cultural entity, establishing June as Black Music Month. For her activism, she was recognized in the White House by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Williams, a native New Yorker moved to her adopted hometown, Philadelpha over thirty years ago, where she is a Cultural Ambassador, received a Liberty Bell for her service and last year petitioned Mayor Michael Nutter to augment the longstanding slogan, The City of Brotherly Love to now include Sisterly Affection. Dyana also received a citation from the Guinness Book of World Records for her role as a co-producer of the World’s Largest Soul Train Line in Philadelphia in 2012.
Dyana graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from the Klein School of Communication and Media, Temple University, where she also sits on their Board of Visitors. She also is an advisory board member for the National Museum of African-American Music in Nashville. As associate producer of the Marian Anderson Award, Dyana organized tributes to Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy, rock legend, Jon Bon Jovi and jazz great Wynton Marsalis. For the last two years, Dyana served with pride and enthusiasm as President of the Philadelphia chapter of The Recording Academy also known as the GRAMMYS. While Williams has had a full professional life, she most cherishes her role as mother to her three adult children, Caliph, Salahdeen, Princess Idia and adores her grandson, Luke Gamble! When not traveling for business, Dyana divides her time between her homes in Philadelphia and Treme, New Orleans.