This Day in Black History: Aug. 29, 1979

The Mutual Black Network, the first Black-owned radio network, is formed. 

Posted: 08/29/2012 07:00 AM EDT

On Aug. 29, 1979, Sheridan Broadcasting Company, owned by African-American lawyer and educator Ronald R. Davenport, purchased the Mutual Black Network (MBN). MBN previously distributed news and public affairs programming to Black-orientate stations around the country, reaching millions of listeners, Encyclopedia of Radio author C. Sterling writes. The merger marked the beginning of the first completely Black-owned radio network in the world. 

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