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The following fall, Soul Train began using various guest hosts weekly until comedian Mystro Clark began a two-year stint as permanent host in 1997. In 2003, Moore was succeeded by actor Dorian Gregory, who hosted through 2006.Soul Train pulled into its last stop when production of first-run episodes was suspended at the conclusion of the 2005–06 season, the show's 35th.When Don Cornelius Productions still owned the program, clips of the show's performances and interviews were kept away from online video sites such as You Tube owing to copyright infringement claims.Cornelius also frowned upon the unauthorized distribution of Soul Train episodes through the sale of third-party VHS or DVD compilations.The future of Soul Train was uncertain with the announced closing of Tribune Entertainment in December 2007, which left Don Cornelius Productions to seek a new distributor for the program.
The syndicated version was picked up in the Chicago market by CBS-owned WBBM-TV at its launch; the program moved to WGN-TV in 1977 and remained there for the rest of its run.When the program moved into syndication, its home base was also shifted to Los Angeles, where it remained for the duration of its run (taped for much of that period at Metromedia Square, where the program's Los Angeles affiliate KTTV was also based; some seasons in the 1980s were taped at the historic Charlie Chaplin Studios, owned by A&M Records at the time).Soul Train was part of a national trend toward syndicated music-oriented programs targeted at niche audiences; two other network series (Hee Haw for country music, and The Lawrence Welk Show for traditional music) also entered syndication in 1971 and would go on to have long runs.Soul Train is an American music-dance television program which aired in syndication from October 2, 1971 to March 27, 2006.In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, dance/pop and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco and gospel artists also appeared.
Don Cornelius hosted every national episode of Soul Train during this era except for one: comedian Richard Pryor guest hosted the final episode of the 1974-75 season.