Monday, February 17, 2014

Black History: Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc is a pioneer in business, media and entrepeneurship in America and the black community. In 1979, Hughes launched RadioOne, which since then has become the largest radio broadcast network in the United States with 69 stations in 22 cities. In 2004, she was also behind the launch of TVOne, a dynamic addition to the extensive media company she had started over 20 years earlier. She was once named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has continued to be involved in presenting and producing broadcast programs for her company throughout her three decades in the industry.

Sidebar: I met Cathy Hughes back when I was a senior at Clark Atlanta University. I forget why she came to our campus. I met he with her because she was former college roommates with one of our Communications Deans and somehow I convinced the dean that I needed a meeting. I remember excitedly showing Ms. Hughes my reel. She watched and said your 99% there. Hmmm I wonder if I ever found that 1 % I was missing. Lol! So proud of all of her success. She's a pioneer!

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