Black in the Day…We’re On the Air

September 29, 1975: On this day WGPR-TV (Where God’s Presence Radiates), the first Black fully owned and operated television station in the U.S., kicked into the air on when it made its first broadcast. WGPR-TV first aired on channel 62 in Detroit, Michigan.  Station founder William Venoid Banks was a Detroit attorney, minister and prominent member of the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, an organization he founded in 1950. The Masons owned the majority of stock in WGPR-TV. The station initially broadcast religious shows, R&B music shows, off-network dramas, syndicated…