As Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., the largest African-American owned and operated, broadcast company in the nation, Hughes’ unprecedented career has spawned a multi-media conglomerate that generates original content across the spectrum.
Hughes pioneered the innovative radio formats, the “Quiet Storm” and “24-Hour Talk from a Black Perspective,” and is the first Black woman to chair a publicly-held corporation. In 2016, Howard University renamed its communications program the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, and she was inducted into National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2019.
Today, Radio One is the parent corporation of several subsidiaries: TV One, the premiere, African-American owned, cable television network in the country and current home of the hit shows UnSung, NewsOne Now, and the reality show R&B Divas; Reach Media, which presents syndicated radio programs like the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and the Tom Joyner Morning Show; Interactive One, home of several popular websites including The Daily Grind and Hello Beautiful; and One Solution, a marketing firm that allows advertisers to take advantage of all of the assets under the Radio One brand.
“As the Founder of Radio/TV One media company, I have considered Joel Freeman to be a dear friend ever since I first met him a few decades ago. The Rosetta Stone Traveling Exhibit concept has been in Joel’s heart and mind since 2005. If you are an innovator with the spirit of adventure, this project will capture your imagination in ways that will surprise you. Set aside whatever time you can give to discover more about this remarkable problem-solving enterprise designed to have global impact.” — Cathy Hughes