Cathy Hughes to Receive The 2018 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award

Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc. has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The award will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual breakfast at 7:00AM, Wednesday, April 11 in the Brahms Room of the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.

Hughes’ unprecedented career has spawned a multi-media conglomerate across radio, television, and digital media. She began her career in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, at KOWH-AM. In 1980 she founded Radio One (now Urban One), which became the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation. When Radio One went public in 1999 she became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company.

In May 2017, Radio One’s name was changed to Urban One to reflect the market it serves. Urban One, Inc. is now the parent corporation of several subsidiaries, including: TV One, the only African-American owned cable television network in the country, and Reach Media, which presents syndicated radio programs like the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and the Tom Joyner Morning Show; iOne Digital; and One Solution,

As a result of her success Hughes has earned hundreds of prestigious awards and recognitions. They include: the naming of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University; the NAACP Chairman’s Award; the Giants of Broadcasting Award; the Essence Women Shaping the World Award; and more.

The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.

The breakfast is complimentary to all, although pre-registration is required. To register, or to obtain information on reserving a page in the Program Guide, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or

This year’s event is sponsored by AccuRadio, Marketron, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Association of Media Brokers (NAMB), Nielsen, Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), U.S. Trust, and vCreative.


About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:

The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit, call 212-373-8250, or email

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. The Foundation reaches out across the country to identify and provide an anonymous safety net in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident and other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 Public Charity.


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