A look back at Detroit’s biggest dance party reveals that ML might have made “The Scene,” though Shawn and Marc are skeptical, Patrick is on the DL and Joe is dancing in the dark.
THE STRAIGHT DOPE: Joe Spencer was the program manager for WGPR, the first Black-owned and operated television station in America. He discusses the station’s origin — and how it overcame challenges.
How did WGPR — “Grosse Pointe Radio” — turn into the first Black radio and television station? Joe knows … and he’s telling all!
“Dr. Who” and “Dark Shadows” got their first airings on WGPR. Find out how else Joe filled out the schedule at his pioneering station.
“The Scene” was Detroit’s “Soul Train.” Find out why ML might have been mistaken in his adolescent assumption that he could have never made it on the show.
ML’s column on school shootings leads to a high caliber conversation with Marc, and Shawn, who opine on the need to try and stop the massacres. Read the column here.
Find out more about the history of WGPR here: http://wgprtvhistory.org/
To dig into what else Joe is cooking, check out: https://www.detroitgumbo.com/
GEEK OF THE WEEK: Word to the wise: If you’re going to write about how to get away with killing your husband, DON’T KILL YOUR HUSBAND. An author who should have known better is this week’s geek.
ROOM 7609: Andy Fletcher’s untimely death has us looking back at Depeche Mode’s first single, “Dream on Me.”
FEEDBACK: Jocelyn/Joy triggers a lively discussion on crime and guns. Daniel explains why he took a week off.
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