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HR CH ProtraitCathy Hughes is the Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the
largest African American owned and operated broadcast-company in the nation.
Radio One is the parent corporation of TV One, a partnership with Comcast, and
Syndication One, the media home of Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams, Russ
Parr, Rickey Smiley, Lonnie Hunter and CoCo Brother, as well as Reach Media,
the home of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Music One, home of Harpist Jeff
Majors, Interactive One, home of Black Planet, NewsOne and Hello Beautiful,
plus Distribution One where CD’s and DVD’s are marketed. Radio One is also
the first African American company in radio history to dominate several major
markets simultaneously and possesses the first woman-owned radio station to
rank #1 in any major market.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1971 and
became a lecturer in the newly established School of Communications at Howard
University. She entered radio in 1973 as the General Sales Manager at WHUR,
Howard University Radio, increasing station revenue from $250,000 to $3 million
in her first year. In 1975, Hughes became the first woman Vice President and
General Manager of a station in the nation’s capital and created the format
known as the “Quiet Storm,” which revolutionized urban radio and was aired on
over 480 stations nationwide. Purchasing her first station in 1980, WOL-AM
(D.C.), Cathy Hughes pioneered yet another innovative format — “24 hour Talk
from a Black Perspective.” With the theme, “Information is Power,” Hughes
served as the stations Morning Show Host for 11 years. WOL is still the most
listened to talk radio station in the nation’s capital. Hughes’ dedication to minority
communities, entrepreneurial spirit, and mentoring of women are manifested in
every aspect of her work and life. As such, she was honored with the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Washington Area Broadcasters Association and
The Seventh Congressional District Humanitarian Award.

Radio One is now a public company, making Cathy Hughes the first, and
only, African American woman to chair a publicly held corporation. As Radio
One continues to expand its media presence the foundation has remained based
on the spirit of family and commitment to the community.

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