Whether you’re a soul enthusiast, funk aficionado or R&B devotee, Darryl Williams is the man for you. As host of WDKK Radio, he regularly sits down with legends in each genre for in-depth discussions that cover everything from their creative inspiration to career peaks (and valleys). Darryl’s guests in the past year alone have included Billy Paul, Jeffrey Osborne, The Ohio Players, The Brothers Johnson, Otis Williams of The Temptations, Gil Saunders of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge. And if it seems that Darryl, who makes his home in Dayton, Ohio—and serves as chief visionary officer for radio-station management company Full Cirkle Media Group there—has an inside track on the music biz, that’s because he does. His dad, Kae Williams Sr., was a broadcasting pioneer who not only worked the Philly radio circuit, but also managed The Silhouettes—and wrote the doo-wop group’s No. 1 hit, Get a Job. And on that note (Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip), we give you this week’s SoundBits subject, Darryl “The Soul Man” Williams…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
WDKK features the absolute finest in legacy artists. Not only do you hear the stories behind these great performers, but you get up close and personal with them, while getting their advice for aspiring talent. Scattered in between are history lessons in music and broadcasting that you just won’t find anywhere else in radio.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
(1) I am a second-generation broadcaster. I grew up in and around the music industry, which has given me a unique perspective on the radio and recording industries.
(2) The late Solomon Burke was my godfather. He acknowledged during one my shows that I was the first Internet radio interview he had done—just as my father was the first traditional radio personality to play his records on the air. What an incredible honor. Continue reading