WGPR-TV site to get historical marker
Detroit — Officials are expected to announce the state’s approval of a historical marker in Detroit at the site of the country’s first black-owned and operated television station.
The WGPR-TV Historical Society says Mayor Mike Duggan and City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield will join owners and founding board members of the station at a Monday afternoon press conference.
WGPR-TV’s first broadcast was Sept. 29, 1975. The station was sold to CBS in 1994. The Michigan Historical Commission approved the application for a marker in December.
The station’s location, just east of downtown Detroit, also is the site of WGPR 107.5-FM which began broadcasting in 1961. Both were founded by William V. Banks.