WOOK and Teenarama Dance Party

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  • In 1963, Black teens weren’t allowed to join the cast of popular shows like “american bandstand,” so in response to the growing dance demand, Washington D.C.’s WOOK radio station owner Richard Eaton, DC teenager Cal Hackett and radio personality Al Jefferson, created the “Teenarama Dance Party.” WOOK TV was the nation's first black television station. choosing from the latest hits, including Chubby Checker’s “twist,” black teens danced live, 6 nights a week and announced their local school activities on-air. hosted by Bob King and later Leon Isaac Kennedy, Teenarama Dance Party ran for 7 seasons. WOOK TV is now a historical landmark recognized by Washington D.C.’s historical society. a documentary called “dance party: the teenarama story" by Beverly Lindsay-Johnson was made to commemorate the historical show. For more information go to dance party the teenaramastory.com.

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