Today’s USBC Journey,
From White House to Awards Dinner 2015
The final day of the USBC ends with as much of a power packed agenda as it began. At 8:30am this morning members of the USBC and its conference attendees are at the White House receiving a debrief from Federal Government leadership. This evening The USBC concludes a power packed week of Business Management Training with a USBC Scholarship & Awards Dinner. On the menu of honorees is a Ms. Brittany Wade, currently an intern at the Carmen Group, a lobbying form in Washington DC. Brittany from Bethesda Maryland, is a student at Columbia University and is a Political Science, and Business Management major.
And Cathy Huges, Founder, CEO of Radio One, Inc., is the largest African American owned and operated broadcast-company in the nation, and is the parent corporation of TV One, a partnership with Comcast, and Reach Media. The home of the Tom Joyner morning show, Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams, Russ Parr, Rickey Smiley and James Fortune, as well as Interactive One, home of Black Planet, NewsOne and Hello Beautiful, 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 NAACP Chairman’s Award, the Uncommon Height of Excellence Award, the Giant of Broadcasting Award, Ida B. Wells Living Legacy Award and the Congressional Black Caucus’ Phoenix Award.
Radio One is now a public company, making Cathy Hughes the first, African American woman to chair a publicly held corporation.As Radio One continues to expand its media presence; the foundation remains based on the spirit of family and commitment to the community. USBC confirms from its Agenda that African Americans have a spending power of 1.1 trillion dollars and take pride in exercising its influence on local, state, and federal pubic policy.
To the USBC and all of its member and constituents, may your success continue and may your success continue to grow. OGTV thanks USBC for its content contribution making today’s OGTV feature story possible. OGTV also welcomes the newest member of Our Team Approach Mr. Mike McCaskill all the way out in our LA California studio, better known as the (Michael Angelo) for his creative talents and this colorful music and video production. Keep it Locked @ www.opengovtv.com 202-469-3423.