Cathy Hughes award
From Left to Right: Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America Dan Mason, Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes and President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America Jim Thompson
In a moving acceptance speech, Urban One founder and chairperson Cathy Hughes accepted the 2018 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America during a special breakfast event during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas this week. The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually to a broadcaster whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.
Hughes, who started her career in radio at Howard University, is a dynamic media pioneer who demonstrates the power of one – one woman, one vision, one company – Radio One. 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 spectrums of radio, television and digital media. Her humble beginnings in Omaha, Nebraska, were not a deterrent to her success but rather part of the catalyst that fueled her ambition to empower African Americans with information and to tell stories from their perspective. Additional biographical and background information is available at