Overview WGPR TV History
On June 14, 1973 the Federal Communications Commission in a unanimous vote granted a permit to operate the television UHF channel 62 in Detroit. That action paved the way for WGPR-TV Channel 62 to become the first African American owned television station in the country when it went on the air on September 29th, 1975; then President Gerald Ford sent a statement of congratulations.
The William V. Banks Broadcast Museum is the first exhibition on the history of WGPR-TV62 the first African American owned and operated television station in the United States. It is hoped the exhibit will build awareness and greater understanding of WGPR’s place in Detroit and broadcast history