Broadcast museum in Detroit to celebrate anniversary
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit interactive museum dedicated to the achievements of the nation’s first black-owned television station will hold its anniversary on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The WGPR-TV62 Historical Society says the Jan. 15 event at the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center will include a black media history quiz and video clips of speeches by King, a civil rights icon.
The museum is named after WGPR’s founder and is located in the Jefferson Avenue building where the station’s original television and radio studios operated.
WGPR-TV started broadcasting on Sept. 29, 1975 and remained on-air until it was sold in 1995 to CBS Inc.
Banks also was president and general manager of radio station WGPR-FM, which became Detroit’s first black-owned radio station in 1964.