Cathy Hughes, Broadcast Trailblazer and Founder of Radio One, Inc., Named to the Board of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Cathy Hughes, Broadcast Trailblazer and Founder of Radio One, Inc., Named to 
the Board of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 
WASHINGTON, DC  -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/13 --  Cathy Hughes of
Radio One, Inc., was named to the Board of Directors of the Thurgood
Marshall College Fund (TMCF), announced TMCF Chairman, Jim Clifton. 
Hughes is the Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., located in
Silver Spring, Maryland -- the largest African-American owned and
operated broadcast company in the nation. Radio One is the parent
company of TV One, a partnership with Comcast, and Syndication One,
the media home of several entertainers and TV personalities such as
Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams, Russ Parr, and Rickey Smiley; and,
Reach Media, the home of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Music One, home
of Harpist Jeff Majors.  
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. It is
now a public company, making Hughes the first and only African
American woman to chair a publicly held corporation. 
"As we continue to help future leaders get the most from their
education, Cathy will bring forth a mastery of skills and leadership
that will further grow our strategic direction," said Clifton. 
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Hughes moved to Washington, DC in 1971 and
became a lecturer in the newly established School of Communications
at TMCF member-school, Howard University. She entered radio in 1973
as the General Sales Manager at WHUR Radio, increasing station
revenue from $250,000 to $3 million in her first year.  
In 1975, Cathy Hughes became the first woman Vice President and
General Manager of a station in the Nation's Capital. Later, in 1980,
she purchased her first station in 1980, WOL-AM (D.C.) and pioneered
the innovative format of "24-hour Talk from a Black Perspective";
and, with the theme, "Information is Power," she served as the
station's morning show host for 11 years. 
"Knowledge, particularly through higher education, is a gateway to
success. I am honored to be joining the Board of the Thurgood
Marshall College Fund, named after a man who used his education and
talents to fight for the rights 
of others and became the first
African-American Supreme Court Justice," said Hughes. "Since its
inception, TMCF has awarded more than $200 million dollars in
scholarships and has been instrumental in cultivating the leaders of
tomorrow by connecting high performing students with employment
opportunities. I look forward to lending my support to such a worthy
Cathy 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 Lifetime of
Achievement Award from the Washington Area Broadcasters Association
and the Seventh Congressional District Humanitarian Award. 
"Cathy is a pioneer and her innovative vision has changed the
business of broadcast and business for all Americans and women," said
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF's President & CEO. "Her story from an
entrepreneur to Chairman of the first woman-owned radio station to
rank #1 in any major market is a perfect message for our students. I
am looking forward to what she will bring to TMCF." 
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S.
Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987,
TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47
member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps
students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and
acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF
also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with
top tier employment opportunities-access that students or employers
might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs,
TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. 
TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and for more
information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: 
Media Contact for TMCF:  
Tangie Newborn
Public Relations Consultant
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