Arkansas Sounds tonight (February 22) honors the legacy of KOKY, Arkansas’ first radio station devoted to all-black programming aimed toward an African American audience, with photos, audio clips, and a panel discussion featuring KOKY on-air personalities such as Sonta Jean “The KOKY Queen,” Mark “Chillin’” Dylan, and Billy St. James, with moderator Broadway Joe Booker.
The program will start at 7pm at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. There is no admission charge.
The original KOKY, at 1440 AM, was a longtime heritage urban station in Little Rock from its launch in 1956. In 1979, it changed its call letters to KITA and switched its format to gospel. The current radio station with the KOKY call letters has cited the original station as its inspiration.