After news of “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius’s dealth spread on Wednesday, networks started announcing various ways they will pay tribute over the next few days.
Wednesday night, BET will air a tribute to Cornelius on “106 & Park” at 6 p.m., followed by documentary called “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” at 8 p.m. Narrated by Terrence Howard, the film goes behind the scenes of the long-running syndicated show and features interviews with performers and music industry execs.
Then, starting at midnight on Wednesday, cable network Centric will run a 24-hour marathon of “Soul Train” episodes.
On Thursday, BET will air the Soul Train Awards 2011 at 8 p.m. — repeats air throughout the week, and another “Soul Train” marathon airs on Centric on Saturday at 9 a.m.
“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius. He was a pioneer in the television and music industries and his legacy and influence on American culture will continue to live on for many generations to come,” BET chairman Debra Lee said in the announcement. “He made Soul Train a destination for lovers of black culture and music and connected the world to our culture and we are forever grateful.”
Meanwhile, VH1 and VH1 Classic will both re-air the “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” documentary on Feb. 3 at 10 p.m.
Photo gallery: The life of Don Cornelius