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.

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Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.

Cornelius, 75, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted this past Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home.

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.

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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.

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The Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.