When hip hop aficionados want to listen to their favorite music in Southeast Michigan, where do they turn? They can turn the radio dial to HOT 107.5 WGPR FM, Detroit’s only all-hip-hop radio station. But the radio station wasn’t always playing the latest hip hop hits.  

In celebration of hip hop’s 50th birthday, HOT 107.5 WGPR FM President Kenneth Hollowell and Marketing & Promotions Director Koffey Brown join “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson to share the history of the radio station and its evolution into the hip hop format.  

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Plus, Henderson learns more about how the radio station came to be Michigan’s first Black-owned FM radio station in 1964, the types of programming it offered through the years, and the important role it has and continues to play today, for hip hop artists and the African American community.

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