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1949 - WBTV signs on

Golden Bell Quintet
Event Date: 
July 15, 1949
Event Type: 
Modern Era Begins 1946-1959

WBTV signs on: July 15, 1949.

  • A crowd of 5,000 arrives at the Armory auditorium to watch WBTV sign on the air at 7 p.m. 
  • Many of the television station's performers come from radio station WBT. WBT is heard throughout the East and gives black musicians a larger audience than they have ever reached before. 
  • The Golden Bell Quintet were frequent broadcast performers.