CHICAGO (CBS) — The Museum of Broadcast Communications will honor “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius with a special tribute Wednesday night.
The tribute is planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum’s new location, 360 N. State St. It will also be broadcast live on WVON-1690 AM.READ MORE: City Not Issuing Timely Speed Cam Warning Tickets, Costing Drivers: 'No Time For Me To Change My Behavior'
Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.
A former Chicago police officer, Cornelius began his broadcasting career at WVON in the 1960s. He originally worked as a newscaster and reporter.
But Cornelius had an idea and WCIU-Channel 26 bought it: an afternoon teen dance show for the African-American community. “Soul Train” quickly became a phenomenon. Cornelius started “Soul Train” on a shoestring budget as a daily show on black and white TV on Aug. 17, 1970.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Raw Near The Lake Next 2 Days
As the show got off the ground, local high school kids came to the WCIU studios in the Board of Trade building to dance to the latest R&B hits.
The program moved to national syndication in October 1971, and production for the program also moved to Los Angeles at that time.
“Soul Train” went on to become the longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated TV show ever. New episodes were produced until 2006.
Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993, by which time he was an icon.MORE NEWS: Brighton Park Man Was Fed Up With Speed Bump, So He Smashed It To Pieces, And Got A Ticket
The Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.