Cathy Hughes is a media entrenepeur, tv personality and philanthropist.
Hughes is the founder and chairperson of Urban One, the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the US.
Hughes’s media career and innovation started in radio. She created the popular Quiet Storm radio format while she was a station manager at WHUR-FM at Howard University.
In 1980, she purchased her flagship station WOL-AM, in Washington D.C., and pioneered another innovative radio format – “24-Hour Talk from a Black Perspective.” Eventually, Hughes’s company, Radio One, would become an urban radio market leader with more than 60 radio stations across the country.
In 2004, Radio One launched the cable network TV One, and, in May 2017, Radio One’s name was changed to Urban One, to reflect the market it serves.