Radio One Founder Cathy Hughes was presented with the Chairman’s Award on Saturday.
The award is the Congressional Black Caucus’ highest honor.
She accepted the honor during the CBCF’s Phoenix Awards gala, at which President Barack Obamagave the keynote address. Among those who paid tribute to Mrs. Hughes were Rep. Chaka Fattah,Michael Eric Dyson, Susan Taylor, James Fortune and Rep. Joyce Beatty.
IN 1980, Hughes founded Radio One with then-husband Dewey Hughes after purchasing AM radio station WOL 1450 in Washington, D.C.
WOL is still the most listened to talk radio station in the nation’s capital.
Hughes went on to own 70 radio stations in nine major markets in the country. Radio One became a publicly traded company in 1999, listed under the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Hughes is also minority owner of BET industries.
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