First Lady of Media
Cathy Hughes’ career in media spans more than three decades. Cathy went from teen mom to founder of the largest media companies worldwide. Hughes is the first African-American woman to chair a publicly held corporation and the first African American woman to be inducted into the radio category of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Hughes is a champion for the hungry and homeless, a mentor to countless women, dedicated to empowering minority communities and continues her family’s work and legacy at the Piney Woods School which was founded by Cathy’s grandfather, Dr. Laurence Jones, founded in 1909.
After being rejected for a business loan 32 times, Cathy Hughes’ persistence paid off, and she purchased WOL-AM, in 1980. This purchase marked the beginning of Radio One, Inc. Today, now called Urban One, is a multi-media conglomerate with more than 59 radio stations across the country.
In 2004, TV One was launched, a cable television network that serves the African-American community. In 2016, the company became the only African-American media company in the country to have 100-percent, majority interest in a cable television network. TV One provides news and information on its popular daily news program, and highlights the best of the African-American culture and features the popular show, “Unsung.” Today, TV One, reaches more than 60 million households.