President and CEO of Radio One, Alfred C. Liggins III, will soon be inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame at the annual ceremony this week, an honor that will highlight how the trailblazer’s contributions to media have paved the way for Black ownership in the highly influential space.
The event — held at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, Oct. 20 — will also mark B&C Hall of Fame history. Liggins, the son of Radio One Inc. founder Catherine Liggins Hughes — will receive the honor nearly 10 years after Hughes was recognized for heading the largest African-American-owned radio station group in the United States.
This is the first time a mother and a son have been inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame.
Together, the duo has steered what has become the largest urban radio and multi-media network in the nation. As of today, Radio One Inc. boasts 54 urban stations in 16 markets while continuing to grow and innovate in the digital and cable television markets.
The company celebrated its 35th anniversary in early October.
“It has been 35 years and Radio One, Inc. still stands as the only African-American owned and targeted multi-media platform in the United States reaching over 82% of Black households with our diversified portfolio of media assets,” Liggins said.
Radio One owns TV One, Reach Media, One Solution and Interactive One.
The B&C Hall of Fame was launched in 1991 and honors pioneers in the broadcasting and cable arenas. The Class of 2015 inductees include Ed Carroll, Kathie Lee Gifford and Dr. Phil McGraw, among others.