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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. The company is headed by Cathy Hughes, Chairman and her son Alfred Liggins, CEO. The company's target listeners are African-Americans in urban areas. Radio One also owns a 40% interest in TV One, a cable and satellite TV network begun in early 2004 in partnership with Comcast and a handful of investors (including DirecTV, which added the network to its lineup and became a minority shareholder in January 2005). As with other large radio broadcasting companies, Radio One has a strategy of acquiring stations in a given market and making sudden format changes they believe will be profitable. Radio One tends to favor urban-based formats targeting African-American listeners, and makes format changes to target their demographic. One example of this occurred when Radio One acquired country radio station WCAV, near Boston, Massachusetts, in 1999, and transformed the station into WBOT, "Hot 97.7," with an Urban format. However, the most notorious incident of this occurred in Philadelphia in 2005. Image File history File links Radio_One_Logo. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... A company is, in general, any group of persons, which are known as its members, united to pursue a common interest. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... XM Satellite Radio Holdings (XM) NASDAQ: XMSR is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States and Canada. ... Cathy Hughes is an African-American entrepreneur, radio and [TV] personality and business executive. ... 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). ... Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (and often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio waves transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in... Artists impression of a Boeing 601 satellite, as configured for digital television transmission by SES Astra Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A standard DIRECTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States. ... The phrase mergers and acquisitions or M&A refers to the aspect of corporate finance strategy and management dealing with the merging and acquiring of different companies. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This page is 88 kilobytes long. ... WCAV is a CBS-affiliated television station on UHF Channel 19 based in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... WBOT is an Urban Contemporary radio station licensed to Brockton, Massachusetts that serves the Boston area . ...

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Stations on "Auto-pilot"

Some Radio One stations, like many other stations (see Clear Channel) utilize computer-based systems that allow a DJ from anywhere in the country to sound as if he or she is broadcasting locally. A technological outgrowth of earlier, tape-based automation systems dating back to the nineteen-sixties, this is called voice-tracking, and some smaller market stations are partially staffed by these "cyber-jocks", who may have never visited the town they are broadcasting in. Clear channel stations are AM radio stations that are designated as such so that only one or two 50,000 watt powerhouses operate at night on each designated frequency, covering a wide area via sky wave propagation. ... Voice tracking, also called cyber jocking, is a technique employed by some radio stations. ...


More common is the use of voice-tracking for overnight or weekend shifts. The DJ can come in earlier in the day or week and record his/her song intros and promotional announcements and these will play at the appropriate times, thus creating the illusion of being in the studio at air time.


Acquiring stations

In 1996, Radio One acquired Philadelphia station 103.9 WDRE, and changed the format from Modern Rock to Rhythmic CHR as "Philly 103.9," WPHI, which was later renamed "103.9 The Beat." The airstaff of WDRE was released, and much of the airstaff found jobs with the city's other Modern Rock station, 100.3 WPLY which was known as "Y-100". Not long after, Radio One acquired "Y-100", and left the station alone for many years. This is believed to have been because the station received good Arbitron ratings and made a decent amount of revenue annually. However, upon the announcement that WPLY's popular morning show, Preston and Steve, was moving to another Philadelphia station, WMMR, Radio One decided to convert the station to an urban format. Subsequently, the format of WPHI, moved to the more powerful 100.3 signal, and Radio One launched a black gospel format on the weak 103.9 signal, to be known as "Praise 103.9," WPPZ. WDRE Philadelphia - Former Alternative Rock radio station on the 103. ... WPHI, also known as 100. ... WDRE Philadelphia - Former Alternative Rock radio station on the 103. ... Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ... The Preston and Steve show with actor Skeet Ulrich. ... WMMR is a hard rock radio station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, broadcasting at 93. ... WPHI, also known as 100. ... WPPZ, also known as 103. ...


In 2002, Radio One entered the Dayton, Ohio market with WDHT 102.9 after changing the format from Classic Rock to Rhythmic and Hip Hop urban format, sparking a competition against the previous station 92.1 WROU in ratings. After numerous attempts to keep WROU running in the format of urban, it was soon acquired by Radio One and change its format into Rhythmic CHR and R & B. There were petitions to keep the radio station in the previous format, but as of today the station still operates under the current format. WDHT, Hot 102. ... WROU is an Urban Adult Contemporary radio station at 92. ...


Divestures

Lately Radio One has been looking at selling non core stations, stations that don't target African Americans or those in very small black markets. The first case of this happened on August 22nd 2006, when Radio One announced it would divest WILD-FM in Boston, the AM for now is still owned by RO, however it too will likely be divested. Other rumored stations include KKBT in LA (possibly a result of the huge growth in Hispanics and the small growth of Blacks as well as the fact KKBT is a stand alone), a Minneapolis station, and stations in Dayton and Louisville that are not Urban formatted.


Radio One Markets

Category:Radio One Stations


Major cities

External links

  • Radio One
  • TV One
  • Yahoo! - Radio One Company Profile
  • Y100 Philadelphia
  • Dish Network
  • Tuned In: TV One aims to be BET for grown-ups

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