Don Cornelius was born September 27, 1936. He started in the insurance business before going into broadcasting in 1966. He worked as a substitute disc jockey on t.v.’s Black View of the News before pitching the idea of what would become Soul Train. Inspired by American Bandstand, Soul Train spent 30 years on-air.
Soul Train premiered August 17, 1970. It aired Saturday mornings, attracting a lot of children and teenagers off from school. Early supporter businessman George Johnson helped make Soul Train big. It was syndicated in 1971.