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Historic WGPR-TV62 Museum to Celebrate 1st Anniversary with a Public Event on Martin Luther King Day


Source: Karen Hudson Samuels / WGPR TV

WHAT:           Detroit’s newest cultural institution, the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center, will celebrate its first anniversary with a public event on the Martin Luther King holiday.

The state-of-the-art, interactive museum is dedicated to the historic achievements of the nation’s first African-American owned and operated television station, WGPR-TV 62. The facility is named after station founder, Dr. William V. Banks, and is located inside the landmark building housing the original television and radio studios on East Jefferson Avenue.

The museum anniversary celebration includes a brief program, tours, a Black Media History Quiz, an Oral History Video Zone, and a Back in the Day Hustle Session led by Fast Freddy, a popular dancer on the former WGPR-TV62 show ‘The Scene.” Video clips of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches will play on a large screen throughout the celebration.

WGPR-TV62’s initial broadcast was on September 29, 1975. It was the first TV station in Detroit to stay on the air 24 hours a day and to utilize ENG (Electronic News Gathering) equipment.

WHERE:        William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center

3146 East Jefferson

Detroit, MI 48207

WHEN:          Monday, January 15, 2018

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

          (Formal Remarks at 11:00 a.m.)


Other Local Events:

18th Annual Martin Luther King Day Commemorative Breakfast

Let Freedom Ring, Dr. King Celebration Hosted by Rainbow Push

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