Preview of Travel Guide The Arkansas Delta Byways Travel Guide

KWEM Radio

KWEM Radio, an historic West Memphis radio station that influenced the course of modern music, has returned to the airwaves as a streaming internet station.  Arkansas State University Mid-South operates the web-based station and owns the numerous artifacts related to its rich musical history. In its University Center, the university also has a campus-based replica of the KWEM studio which was originally located on Broadway Street in downtown West Memphis. The original KWEM, which gave unknown or little-known Memphis-area artists the opportunity to perform live, aired its first broadcast in 1947. Anyone who could pay the $15 to $20 fee (or find a sponsor), could play their music live on the air. Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Albert King, Scotty Moore, and others stepped up, paid up, and performed their magic on KWEM. A stop on the Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul and the African American Heritage Trail.

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University Center, Arkansas State University Mid-South, University Center, 2000 West Broadway, West Memphis, Arkansas
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Great River Road