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When it began broadcasting in 1963, WOOK-TV was the first "all-Negro" television station in the nation. Viewers remember fondly its Teenarama Dance Party, the city's first black teen dance show. Hosted by Bob King, the show featured 50 to 60 teenagers daily and aired from 5 to 6 pm, six days a week. It had a "teen board of directors" who made the rules and selected the records. The show, seen from 1963 until 1970, featured hand dancing, DC's unique form of swing. Renowned performers in town for shows at the Howard Theatre often dropped by: the Temptations, Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and many others.

The station had financial difficulties and finally shut down in 1972.

Richard Eaton, the station's founder, also founded WOOK-Radio in 1947 as the nation's first "Negro-oriented" radio station featuring rhythm 'n' blues. Teenarama Dance Party began as a music show on WOOK radio. The operations were briefly headquartered at 2400 16th Street, NW, before moving to the First Place location.

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