King Biscuit Time Exhibit
Monday - Friday, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
The Visitors Center is home to the longest running daily blues radio show in the United States - the award-winning King Biscuit Time. King Biscuit Time was first broadcast by KFFA Radio on November 21, 1941. Since that time, the program has become world renown, as well as an influential platform for up-and-coming blues performers. In 1992,King Biscuit Time was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of radio and broadcast journalism.
KBT is hosted by the legendary "Sunshine" Sonny Payne, who began hosting the show full-time in early 1950, although he had served as host periodically since July 1942. In the years following, Payne has become an icon in the blues music industry. On any given day, fans from Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States, visit Sonny Payne at his Delta Cultural Center studio to watch him announce another broadcast of the famous radio show. He has received an impressive array of awards and accolades, including the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for lifetime service, Arkansas Broadcasters Association's Pioneer Award, Arkansas Museums Association's Volunteer of the Year Award, and he was inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame in 2003. Payne broadcasts weekdays live from a specially-built studio located in the Delta Sounds exhibit area.
To listen to our King Biscuit Time archived broadcasts go to Podcasts.