In the latest episode of DER Weekends, WDET’s Tia Graham explores The Scene, a local TV show that was a cultural phenomenon for young Detroiters in the ’70s and ’80s.
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During that time period, local teens would rush home from school and turn to a Black-owned TV station to take part in a now iconic cultural ritual. The Scene aired on WGPR-TV from 1975 to 1987.
Host Nat Morris guided viewers, a gaggle of in-studio dancers and a now-famous collection of local and international artists through the latest in techno and dance music, jaw-dropping dance routines and the trendiest of fashions.
WDET’s Tia Graham takes us back to learn about the show’s roots in Detroit’s Black Bottom, its influence on a generation of Detroiters and the legacy it left as a space for young people and up-and-coming artists.
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