A Conversation with Art Gilliam

Businessman and Radio station owner, Art Gilliam talks about his career and the many firsts attributed to him and his accomplishments in broadcasting. In 1977 he launched Gilliam Communications, Inc. and bought the WLOK radio station. In doing so, WLOK became the first African American-owned Memphis radio station and the city's first locally owned station. Gilliam’s WLOK has earned the title of #1 Gospel Station in the nation by Religion & Media Quarterly for several consecutive years; and, in 1997, was recognized by the Tennessee Historical Commission as a Tennessee Historical Landmark.

 
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Friday, 6/16 at 7:30 PM
   
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

A Conversation with Al Bell

Legendary music executive, music producer, and songwriter Al Bell, an Arkansas native, joined Stax Records as its head of promotions in the 1960s and became one of the label's co-owners in 1969, helping to create the funky recordings that defined "the Memphis sound" worldwide and, at its height, made the label the 2nd biggest African-American-owned business in the US. Since 2009, Over the years Bell has received numerous awards including the more recent recognition with his Induction into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, Mississippi, June 6, 2015, Inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, February 13, 2015, and Induction into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, 2014.

 

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