KWEN-A To Return To the Air
May 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM (PT)
Legendary blues radio station KWEM-A/MEMPHIS is returning to the air, NEWSER.COM reports. The station, which went dark in 1960 after more than a decade on-air, will be revived online this week by MID-SOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE and on 93.3 FM by mid-AUGUST. On THURSDAY (5/29), the school will host an event called "Flip the Switch" to celebrate KWEM's return to broadcasting online.
KWEM began broadcasting in 1947 and offered unknown artists -- such as SCOTTY MOORE and JOHNNY CASH -- to perform live as long as they paid the fee or found a sponsor. Other artist who did the old time "pay for play" were B.B. KING, HOWLIN' WOLF, SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON and IKE TURNER.