Soul Train is an American music variety show that was aired in syndication from 1971-2006. The show primarily featured performances by hip hop, soul and R&B artists, although gospel, disco and jazz artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius.
Soul Train's syndicator and Cornelius targeted 24 markets outside of Chicago to carry the show, but only Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles purchased the program. Which began airing on October 2, 1971 on a weekly basis. By the end of Soul Train first season it was on in seventeen other markets. When the program moved into syndication its home base shifted to Los Angeles and stayed there for the duration of its run.
Even though Don Cornelius moved his operations west, Soul Train still continued in Chicago as a local program. Cornelius hosted the local Los Angeles and Chicago based national programs simultaneously, but soon he focused his attention solely on the national edition. Don Cornelius continued to oversee production in Chicago, where Clinton Ghent hosted episodes on WCIU-TV until 1976, which was followed by three years of once a week reruns. The syndicated version was picked up by CBS-owned WBBM-TV in Chicago at its launch, the program then moved in 1977 to WGN-TV and remained there for the remainder of its run.
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