Channel 62

Channel 62 signed on as WGPR-TV in 1975

Channel 62 signed on as WGPR-TV in 1975

Rare photos of the nation’s first African American television news anchor team have been archived by the following institutions:

Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan; North Carolina Historical Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina; California African American Museum, Los Angeles.  The images were restored by CBS Corporation.  Atty. Mark E. Kalmansohn of Century City, California, assisted in all arrangements.

The inaugural news team consisted of Amyre Porter, Doug Morison and Sharon Crews [nee, Raiford Bush].  Channel 62 will switch to Digital 44 on June 12, 2009.  Channel 62 will be preserved as a virtual display.

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