HELENA-WEST HELENA -- The internationally known radio program King Biscuit Time turned 75 years old on Monday with a guest host, no studio audience and a seven-song playlist that paid homage to the pioneering blues musicians who leveraged a 15-minute show into careers that influenced music across the world.
Thomas Jacques, assistant director of the Delta Cultural Center, hosted the 17,584th broadcast of King Biscuit Time, said to be the longest-running daily blues radio program in the country. Jacques has been filling in for Blues Hall of Fame Foundation inductee "Sunshine" Sonny Payne, who said in a telephone interview Monday that he plans to return to the air today after a brief hospital stay.
Payne will turn 91 on Nov. 29, and the Delta Cultural Center plans to celebrate both Payne's birthday and the show's anniversary that day. As always, the public is invited to the studio, tucked into an exhibit hall at the cultural center's Cherry Street museum.