Pioneering black-owned TV station subject of museum exhibit

DETROIT (AP) - A trailblazing television station is the subject of an exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum.

The exhibit, titled "America's Broadcasting Pioneer: WGPR-TV 62," opened Saturday in the museum's Community Gallery. WGPR, which went on-air in 1975, is billed as the nation's first African American-owned and operated station.

The station's history and people will be showcased through artifacts, videos, pictures and graphic images. Also incorporated is WGPR-FM, the radio station that operated at the same time.

Displays will feature "The Scene," a popular dance show, and the work of the influential DJ known as the Electrifying Mojo.

The exhibit also includes the story of station founder William V. Banks and a replica of the historical marker dedicated this month at the station's headquarters.

Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016


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