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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 at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and 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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