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By 1949, a few small, Carolina stations featured one and two-hour Rhythm 'n Blues shows such as Mac's "A-Train Show" on WADE in Wadesboro and Genial Gene in Charlotte on WGIV. WLAC may have been the inspiration for many of those shows but they were probably also triggered by the radio wars with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Producers) and the resultant formation of BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated). To avoid playing ASCAP songs, BMI licensed a good deal of the country and rhythm 'n blues which had been ignored by ASCAP up to that point.




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