Known as The First Lady of Chicago Radio, Yvonne Daniels
was an African-American broadcast pioneer. Her soothing voice and
knowledge of jazz made her a favorite with listeners throughout
The daughter of jazz singer Billy Daniels, she began her radio
career at a Jacksonville, Illinois, rhythm and blues station. Later
she joined WYNR/Chicago, where her jazz show competed with popular
disc jockey Sid McCoy on WCFL. At McCoys urging, WCFL eventually
hired Daniels and soon the team was heard in 38 states, thanks to
the 50,000-watt power of WCFL.
From 1964 to 1973, Daniels worked at WSDM/Chicago, the nations
first all-female radio station. Her program Daniels Den
consistently won its time slot.
In 1973, she moved to WLS/Chicago, another 50,000-watt powerhouse,
where she became the stations first female disc jockey.
During the 1980s, Daniels worked Chicago morning shows on WVON,
WGCI and eventually on Smooth Jazz WNUA. During her
30-year career, Daniels is credited with paving the way for future
generations of female radio personalities.
Yvonne Daniels died on June 21, 1991.
Yvonne Daniels was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
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