Today in History: The First Completely Black Owned Radio Network in the World was Purchased

The Mutual Black Network or MBN was founded by the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1972, which was the first national full-service radio network aimed at African Americans.

It broadcast an hourly 5 minute newscast at 50 minutes past the hour, and also aired sports and feature programs, and for one year beginning in the spring of 1974, a 15-minute daily soap opera called Sounds of the City.

Some of its special programming focused on African American history, much of which was researched, written and narrated by MBN news anchor Ben Frazier.

 

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