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Cathy Hughes

Founder and Former CEO, Radio One

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Cathy Hughes Biography

Cathy Hughes has been Chairperson of the board of directors and Secretary of Radio One since 1980, and was Chief Executive Officer of Radio One from 1980 to 1997. She was one of the founders of Radio Ones predecessor company in 1980. Since 1980 Ms. Hughes has worked in various capacities for Radio One. Radio One is the largest African American owned and operated broadcast company in the United States. There are now 53 radio stations in sixteen markets and a cable network, TV One. Radio One Inc.s chief executive Alfred Liggins III agreed to buy a controlling stake in radio personality Tom Joyners media company for $56 million, furthering his attempt to turn the radio company his mother began out of a trailer 24 ye

In May of 1999, Cathy Hughes and her son Alfred Liggins (President & CEO) took their company public. Hughes made history again by becoming the first African American Woman with a company on the stock exchange. Radio Ones value is currently in excess of $2 Billion. In 2000, Black Enterprise named Radio One, Company of the Year, Fortune rated it one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and Radio One was inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame.

Radio One is recognized for its intense community involvementthe trademark of Cathy Hughes. Her pioneering work has led Essence to name her one of the 100 Who Have Changed the World, and one of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Person by Washingtonian magazine. Radio Ink continues to list her as one of the 20 Most Influential Women in Radio and Ebony cites her as one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Black America. Cathy Hughes and her son Alfred Liggins III have been named Entrepreneur of the year by the company Ernst & Young. Ms. Hughes is also a notable member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The Washington Post describes Hughes as the Voice of the Black community. Her stations now reach more than 18 million Black listeners daily. She is committed to keeping Black broadcast ownership alive and her goal of building a broadcast empire with a solid foundation in the African American community has come to fruition. The result has been an increase in revenue and opportunities for minorities and women. Hughes currently has more than 1,500 Black broadcasters on staff at Radio One, Inc.

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 Achievement Award from the Washington Area Broadcasters Association and The Seventh Congressional District Humanitarian Award. In 2001, she received the National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washingtons Silver Medal Award.

Most recently, Hughes was presented with the highly coveted Golden Mike Award from the Broadcasters Foundation, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and a 2002 Essence Magazine Award. 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 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 female vice president and general manager of station in the nations capital and created the format known as the Quiet Storm the most listened to nighttime radio format, heard in 50 markets nationally. Purchasing her first station in 1980, WOL-AM(D.C.), Cathy Hughes pioneered yet another innovative format24 hour Talk from a Black Perspective. With the theme, Information is Power, WOL is the most listened to talk radio in the nations capital.

Radio Ones newest venture, TV One, Inc. launched on January 19, 2004 in partnership with Comcast, the nations largest pay-television provider. TV One caters to the adult lifestyles of African Americans by offering quality programming such as 227, Amen, Good Times, Lincoln Heights, and an array of original programming. Cathy Hughes sits on the board of TV One and is Executive Producer of The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors which also airs on TV One.

Cathy Hughes Founded Radio One in Washington, D.C. and though it is now a public company, for Cathy Hughes, the foundation of Radio one is still based on the spirit of a family that strives to reach the heart of community and remain the nations #1 urban radio specialists!ars ago into a diversified media group aimed at the Black community.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cathy Hughes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cathy Hughes for your next private or corporate function.
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Cathy Hughes Biography

Cathy Hughes has been Chairperson of the board of directors and Secretary of Radio One since 1980, and was Chief Executive Officer of Radio One from 1980 to 1997. She was one of the founders of Radio Ones predecessor company in 1980. Since 1980 Ms. Hughes has worked in various capacities for Radio One. Radio One is the largest African American owned and operated broadcast company in the United States. There are now 53 radio stations in sixteen markets and a cable network, TV One. Radio One Inc.s chief executive Alfred Liggins III agreed to buy a controlling stake in radio personality Tom Joyners media company for $56 million, furthering his attempt to turn the radio company his mother began out of a trailer 24 ye

In May of 1999, Cathy Hughes and her son Alfred Liggins (President & CEO) took their company public. Hughes made history again by becoming the first African American Woman with a company on the stock exchange. Radio Ones value is currently in excess of $2 Billion. In 2000, Black Enterprise named Radio One, Company of the Year, Fortune rated it one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and Radio One was inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame.

Radio One is recognized for its intense community involvementthe trademark of Cathy Hughes. Her pioneering work has led Essence to name her one of the 100 Who Have Changed the World, and one of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Person by Washingtonian magazine. Radio Ink continues to list her as one of the 20 Most Influential Women in Radio and Ebony cites her as one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Black America. Cathy Hughes and her son Alfred Liggins III have been named Entrepreneur of the year by the company Ernst & Young. Ms. Hughes is also a notable member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The Washington Post describes Hughes as the Voice of the Black community. Her stations now reach more than 18 million Black listeners daily. She is committed to keeping Black broadcast ownership alive and her goal of building a broadcast empire with a solid foundation in the African American community has come to fruition. The result has been an increase in revenue and opportunities for minorities and women. Hughes currently has more than 1,500 Black broadcasters on staff at Radio One, Inc.

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 Achievement Award from the Washington Area Broadcasters Association and The Seventh Congressional District Humanitarian Award. In 2001, she received the National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washingtons Silver Medal Award.

Most recently, Hughes was presented with the highly coveted Golden Mike Award from the Broadcasters Foundation, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and a 2002 Essence Magazine Award. 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 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 female vice president and general manager of station in the nations capital and created the format known as the Quiet Storm the most listened to nighttime radio format, heard in 50 markets nationally. Purchasing her first station in 1980, WOL-AM(D.C.), Cathy Hughes pioneered yet another innovative format24 hour Talk from a Black Perspective. With the theme, Information is Power, WOL is the most listened to talk radio in the nations capital.

Radio Ones newest venture, TV One, Inc. launched on January 19, 2004 in partnership with Comcast, the nations largest pay-television provider. TV One caters to the adult lifestyles of African Americans by offering quality programming such as 227, Amen, Good Times, Lincoln Heights, and an array of original programming. Cathy Hughes sits on the board of TV One and is Executive Producer of The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors which also airs on TV One.

Cathy Hughes Founded Radio One in Washington, D.C. and though it is now a public company, for Cathy Hughes, the foundation of Radio one is still based on the spirit of a family that strives to reach the heart of community and remain the nations #1 urban radio specialists!ars ago into a diversified media group aimed at the Black community.

Cathy Hughes Videos

  • Cathy Hughes Interview - YouTube
  • Cathy L. Hughes: Radio One Documentary (2017) on Vimeo

FAQs on booking Cathy Hughes

  • How to book Cathy Hughes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cathy Hughes for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Cathy Hughes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cathy Hughes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Cathy Hughes?

    Booking fees for Cathy Hughes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cathy Hughes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Cathy Hughes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cathy Hughes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cathy Hughes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cathy Hughes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cathy Hughes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Cathy Hughes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Cathy Hughes for your event is available upon request. Cathy Hughes generally travels from MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dominique Dawes, Donna Brazile, Tamika D. Mallory, Angela Rye and Valorie Burton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Cathy Hughes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Cathy Hughes Speaker Videos

  • Cathy Hughes Interview - YouTube
    Cathy L. Hughes: Radio One Documentary (2017) on Vimeo

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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