Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg was born in Memphis, Tennessee as Martha Jean Jones on September 9, 1930 . She started doing her DJ thing on WDIA in Memphis in the early 1950s. She was Martha Jean “The Queen” Jones back in those days…
As one of the first female disc jockeys in the United States, her program included the latest R&B hits along with the typical "household hints" programming—Just the way it was, at the time, for ladies on the air.
It was 1963 when she moved to Detroit, Michigan, and became an immediate hit on WCHB-AM and throughout the late 1960s and 1970s on WJLB. While at WJLB, she led the station's on-air staff in protest of the fact that the station at the time had no African-American employees outside of the air staff.
She was even featured on the Eric S tune
“You Are Somebody”
WJLB went to the FM dial (where it remains to this day) in 1980 and Martha Jean’s show was cancelled.
The former WJLB-AM became WMZK with an ethnic format. In 1982, Martha Jean “The Queen” acquired WMZK-AM—YEP, SHE BOUGHT THE STATION!!!-- and changed the call letters to WQBH in order to offer more gospel music oriented programming. Steinberg remained on the air at WQBH (1400 on the AM dial) until her death.
(WQBH is now WDTK)
Martha Jean “The Queen” passed away on January 29, 2000. She is buried in Detroit's Elmwood Cemetery.