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Encyclopedia > Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes is an African-American entrepreneur, radio and [TV] personality and business executive.

Ms. Hughes was born Catherine Elizabeth Woods in Omaha, Nebraska on April 22, 1947. Nickname: Gateway to the West Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Mayor Michael Fahey Area    - City 307. ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...

After working for KOWH, Hughes was offered a job as a lecturer at the School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1975, she became general manager of the university's radio station WHUR-FM. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Howard University is an historically black university in Washington, D.C. Notable alumni include Toni Morrison, Thurgood Marshall, Ossie Davis, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... 96. ...

In 1979, Hughes founded Radio One, using her earnings to buy AM radio station WOL in Washington. After the previous employees had destroyed the facility, she had to start from square one. She lost her home and had to move with her young son into the station. She took a gamble and changed the R&B station to a 24-hour talk format. Radio One, Inc NASDAQ: ROIA is an African-American owned U.S. company which owns and operates 69 radio stations in 22 American cities, and programs a channel on XM Satellite Radio. ... Amplitude modulation (AM) is a form of modulation in which the amplitude of a carrier wave is varied in direct proportion to that of a modulating signal. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ...

Hughes and Radio One have gone on to own 70 radio stations in nine major markets nationwide. Hughes's son Alfred Liggins, III, serves as CEO and president of Radio One, and Hughes as chairperson.

In January 2004, Radio One launched TV One, a national cable and satellite television network which bills itself as the "lifestyle and entertainment network for African-American adults." Hughes interviews prominent African-Americans for the network's talk program "TV One on One." TV One, owned by Radio One, targets African-American viewers aged 25 to 54 (unlike competitor Black Entertainment Television, which has moved to an 18-to-34 demographic since its acquisition by Viacom). ...


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