KWEM mural unveiled

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Historic KWEM radio in West Memphis unveiled a unique mural to mark its place in history Monday

Now some of the artists who helped put the station on the map from 1947 through 1955 will always be there.

Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howling Wolf will help remind people of the city’s deep blues and rock and roll history.

These artists and many more performed live at the station that’s finally back on the air after 54 years of silence.

From its first studio on West Broadway, to a Quonset hut in Midtown Memphis, the station is back where it began, but now calling Mid-South Community College its home.

“We’re reviving this radio station. It’s a great revival of history, of the music that really was born over here in West Memphis, Arkansas,” said Diane Hampton, the VP at Mid-South Community College.

An exhibit showcasing the station’s history is open to the public during regular school hours and features numerous record albums and photographs of musicians who called the station their home before it closed in 1960.

A blend of blues, country, soul and rockabilly made KWEM great, and is sure to make it a hit again.

Right now the station is streaming music at kwemradio.com, but in August it will broadcast on the community college’s low-power FM band.

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