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A Conversation With Cathy Hughes, Founder And Chairperson Of Urban One, Inc.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Urban One, Inc., the largest African American-owned and operated media company in America. 

Hughes began her broadcasting career in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, at KOWH (AM), a station owned by a group of African-American professionals.

In 1999, she became the first African-American woman to chair a publicly held corporation, following the sale of more than 7 million shares of common stock to the public. 

Hughes talks about growing up in Omaha; moving to Washington, DC.; purchasing her first radio station; starting TV One; how Covid-19 has affected the business; and Reach Media.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., as well as weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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