From the collections in the

Archives of African American Music and Culture

Jacquie Gales Webb: Black Radio DJ and Producer

Jacquie Gales Webb

For over forty years, Jacquie Gales Webb has been an innovator in Black radio—both as a disc jockey and producer. 

As an on-air personality, Gales Webb has hosted “Sunday Afternoon Gospel” on Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 FM for twenty-five years and is an immediately-recognizable voice on Washington, D.C. radio.  She has also worked at leading radio stations throughout the United States. 

In addition, Gales Webb has been a successful producer of television and public radio at Smithsonian Productions and W*USA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.  Her productions include: “Remembering Slavery,” “The Jazz Singers,” “Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington” and “Melodies from Heaven.”  Her awards for this work include six regional Emmy Awards, fourteen Emmy Nominations, the Alfred I. DuPont silver baton from Columbia University, and the Peabody Award from the University of Georgia. 

This exhibit explores Gales Webb’s early life, her career in radio, and her work on the public radio series Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was.  The work draws from materials in the Jacquie Gales Webb and Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was collections at the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University.