First Black Owned Television Station To Be Honored In Detroit

Joe Spencer the WGPR-TV 62 Historical Society Board President talks to the media during a press conference at the Detroit Historical Museum in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. / Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

Joe Spencer the WGPR-TV 62 Historical Society Board President talks to the media during a press conference at the Detroit Historical Museum in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. / Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

WGPR-TV in Detroit is home to many first, they were the first in the country to use news cameras with tape rather than film, the first US station to air foreign language programs, and the first station to run 24 hours instead of shutting down overnight. Now, two historical groups are teaming up to create a museum exhibit because of another first, WGPR is the first television station owned by African-Americans. The exhibit plans on highlighting all of those contributions to the Detroit TV market.

Along with the Detroit Historical Society, the TV station announced Thursday plans to open the exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum in January of 2016. After the exhibit is done there, it will move to it’s permanent home in a museum planned for WGPR’s old studio in Detroit.

#Know1Knows….Firsts

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