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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.

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