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TV One’s ‘Urban One Honors’ to air January 20, 2020

TV One is pleased to announce that its annual URBAN ONE HONORS is set for Thursday, December 5, 2019 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The two-hour telecast will air on January 20, 2020, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One’s Washington D.C. market’s cluster of radio stations: Majic 102.3 and 92.7; WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450, Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The televised event will herald the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, fashion, sports, education, and the community. It will also pay tribute to the 40-year history of Radio One, the radio division of the company, and its extraordinary founder, Cathy Hughes

“I give praise and thanks to God from Whom all blessings flow for the opportunity to be of service to my community for these 40 years,” said Hughes. “I always say that Radio One is my second baby next to my son and business partner, Alfred Liggins. I am immensely grateful for the men and women who have worked to help make Radio One a success. It started as a single radio station and is now a media family with two cable television networks and various digital media platforms. I look forward to celebrating this milestone and recognizing others who are doing phenomenal work in their industries.”

The program will feature a star-studded line-up of presenters and honorees as well as special musical performances. It will serve as an annual commemoration of the achievements of black and brown people and broadcast their contributions to our culture and global society. 

“African Americans have had a tremendous impact on society and culture, a fact that we’re excited to celebrate with the telecast of the annual Urban One Honors on TV One,” said Rice. “As we honor the 40th-anniversary milestone of Radio One, Ms. Hughes’ outstanding contributions as a media pioneer, and the impact of the honorees, we’re proud to continue the network’s mission to represent the richness of the black experience.” 

The inaugural URBAN ONE HONORS was held on December 9, 2018, at the Anthem in Washington, DC, and was hosted by REACH Media Syndicated Radio Host DL Hughley. The 2018 class of honorees included: Jermaine Dupri, April Ryan, DJ Khaled, Rotimi, Marvin Sapp, Brandy, June Ambrose, Doc Walker, Shaun King, Benny Pough, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jade Novah, Dr. Nadia Lopez, Tracy Martin, and Sybrina Fulton.

Stay tuned…

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Cathy Hughes Inducted into NAB Broadasting Radio Hall of Fame (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATS to Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes.

She made history this week becoming the first African American woman to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame. According to press release, there have only been three women inducted into the NAB’s Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame in its 42-year history.

Reflecting on the honor, Hughes said, “It is an honor to be recognized by the peers in my industry and I thank God for this incredible blessing as well as the National Association of Broadcasters.”

A self-made media pioneer, activist and philanthropist, Hughes grew Urban One, parent company of Radio One, Inc., into the largest African-American owned, diversified media corporation in the nation. Radio One, Inc. will celebrate 40 years in 2020. Urban One is an urban market leader with 59 broadcast stations across the country. Hughes also became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by her son Alfred Liggins, III.

The NAB Hall of Fame event was hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Kevin Frazier, with an induction ceremony where media, entertainment and technology professionals gathered to honor those who have made radio and television a vital part of the American lifestyle – earning them a place in broadcasting history. The event also recognized broadcasters’ commitment to innovating and creating new opportunities to deliver their highly valued content to their audiences. Other honorees included the landmark football pre-game show “FOX NFL SUNDAY,” which was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame; and Wendy McMahon, President, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, who received The Digital Leadership Award.

Photo Credit: Joe Durkin, All Content Courtesy of Urban One

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Erica Campbell to host radio show ‘Mornings with Erica Campbell’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy winning-gospel superstar Erica Campbell is expanding her brand and ministry as the new host of a radio program, “Mornings with Erica Campbell.”  According to AlwaysAList, Campbell’s show comes on the heels of Yolanda Adams‘ morning show being canceled by Reach Media/Radio One and will begin airing on May 10.

“I’m grateful to Reach Media, Radio One…and Warryn Campbell, CEO of My Block Records, for believing in me and my ability to inspire America to ‘Get Up,’” the Grammy winner said in a statement.

In addition to the radio show, Campbell will continue to entertain fans through her hugely successful reality series “Mary Mary” with her sister Tina Campbell. She made a guest appearance on the first season of Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners” and has premiered her own hair extension line titled, “ERICA” by Erica Campbell.

Congrats and can’t wait to hear the show!

RC fans…will you be tuning in?

Photo Credit: Facebook/EricaCampbell