King Biscuit Time Exhibit

King Biscuit Time Exhibit

 Permanent Exhibit
 Monday - Friday, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
  Visitors Center

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 was 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 became an icon in the blues music industry.  On any given day--up until his February 17, 2018 passing-- fans from Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States, visited Sonny Payne at his Delta Cultural Center studio to watch him announce another broadcast of the famous radio show. During his life,he 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. 

With his death, Arkansas, and blues lovers all over the world lost one of the region's great blues pioneers.  But his KBT broadcasts continue on weekdays live, from the the specially-built studio located in the Delta Sounds exhibit area, where "Sunshine" Sonny Payne lit up the blues airways daily.  

To listen to our King Biscuit Time archived broadcasts go to Podcasts.