​October 3, 1949: WERD Opens In Atlanta, Georgia

WERD was the 1st black-owned radio station in the United States. WDIA in Memphis was on the air in 1948 doing black—or Negro as it was called back then—programming, but the owners were not African American.  Jesse B. Blayton Sr., an accountant, bank president, and Atlanta University professor, purchased WERD in 1949 for $50,000. He […]

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