Kevin Charles

Radio One Founder Honored With Pinnacle Award

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The head of the nation’s largest African-American Owned and Operated Broadcast Company is in Houston to be Honored by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce at the Pinnacle Awards.

The radio dream for Cathy Hughes, founder of the parent company of News 92 FM, Radio One, started in Omaha, Nebraska when she was only 8 years old.
Hughes said, ” I got up early every morning and I would lock myself in that one bathroom and my toothbrush was my mic and my mirror, my camera and I would do a morning show.”

Hughes was temporarily sidetracked after becoming pregnant at 16. At one point she had no place for herself and her son to live, except at her radio station. Determined to be a good mother and a good businesswoman, she launched what is now a communications empire, consisting of 55 radio stations, as well as cable and digital networks. But she continues to dream.

“My dream and goal is to have the best communications company in the United States, not the best black media company, but the best communications company this country has ever seen.”


Hear more from Radio One’s dynamic founder, Cathy Hughes, in this extended interview where she shares her thoughts about everything from her start in the communications business, to the government shutdown…and her future dreams and goals.


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