Little Known Black History Fact: Dunn Broadcasting

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In 1980, Waymon and Thessia Dunn started the first black-owned and operated radio station in Central Arkansas, KWTD-FM. The trailblazers owned the station from 1980 to 1990. Waymon Dunn was a WWII Army veteran who served his country and worked the fields of Arkansas as a cotton planter. He later served as a Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Army. Through his experience, he spent a great deal of time alleviating racial issues between businesses and the community.

Dunn Broadcasting hosted events for the community of Little Rock, Ark., to establish the link between the community and the commercial sector. Events like ‘Fest 85’ brought in major talents like the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, to entertain the audience and bridge racial gaps among the two parties. Dunn partnered with groups like the Urban League of Arkansas, the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the NAACP.

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