In the world of broadcasting, the afternoon time slot is thought of as the Holy Grail of career opportunities. So it’s hard to imagine that anyone would turn it down, not once but twice. But that’s exactly what Dyana Williams, veteran broadcaster and host of Classix 107.9’s newest show “Afternoon Delight” did.
The busy mom of three was happy with her career path but felt like something was missing.
“My grandson lives in South Philadelphia while I live in North Philadelphia and I hadn’t seen him in almost two months, that’s unacceptable,” she says.
Even when station manager Colby Colb courted Williams a third time to take over the afternoon drive time slot, she hesitated. She knew the decision was not hers alone to make and sought out some very important input.
“I spoke with my family and closest friends. They thought it might be time to slow down a little and what a blessing to be able to talk to the Black community every day,” Williams recalls.
Looks like the third time was the charm. After speaking with her family, the decision was easy.
“They pursued me and I said yes, so I could spend more time with my family and have more balance in my professional life,” Williams says.
It was very evident how much of a role family played in Williams’ life during her inaugural live broadcast for “Afternoon Delight.”
In a room of about 60 people, she counted many of the attendees as family and friends who might as well have been family. The broadcast included cameos from Dyana’s mother, her son and her little grandson Luke, who took over the mic and may have a future in broadcasting.
If you’re a fan of Williams’ “Soulful Sunday” show, you may be wondering how this show will be different.
Although “Afternoon Delight” will have some of her favorite music from the ’70s, ’80s and Sounds of Philadelphia, she says it will be about more than just the music.
“You’re going to hear from music makers, as well as cultural and community leaders,” Williams says.
While music will be the focal point of the show, she doesn’t take lightly the power that speaking into a mic holds, especially in troubling times like these.
“We have to continue to promote unity and non-violence while trying to diminish the incarceration rate. It may sound corny but my goal is to articulate peace,” Williams says.
You can hear Dyana Williams weekday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Classix 107.9 and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on WRNB 100.3.