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Veteran businesswoman Cathy Hughes knows a good deal when she sees one. Hughes’ Radio One has just announced an increased partnership with Tom Joyner’s Reach Media. Radio One’s Syndication One Urban programming now combined with the Reach Media line-up, which includes Tom Joyner, Rickey Smiley, Russ Parr, Yolanda Adams, Reverend Al Sharpton, Warren Ballentine and CoCo Brother, will make it the leading black network radio company. The new programming will start in 2013.
Previously, Radio One acquired a 53 percent stake in Reach Media. Under the new deal, reports EUR, Radio One will increase its ownership stake in Reach Media to 80 percent.
“Radio One has a commitment to be the leader in radio and online programming with compelling entertainment and information for the African-American audience. Combining our assets under Reach Media offers an incredibly broad platform for affiliate stations and advertisers to connect with our loyal audience,” said Radio One CEO and President, Alfred Liggins, in a statement.
The move could help strengthen the state of black radio, which has been on life support for the last few years. Several large, long-running radio networks have fallen, such as New York’s WRKS (98.7 KISS-FM), which after 31 years on the air merged with rival WBLS and ceased operations. Radio One too has seen its fair share of station closings and the selling off of stations.
There is even a coalition of black radio advocates pushing for the FCC to step in to aid the survival of black radio, reports Radio Survivor. “Media consolidation has made it harder for people of color to own radio outlets,” they wrote in a letter to the FCC chairman in June 2012. “African Americans own just 3 percent of all full-power commercial radio stations. And many urban radio stations that purport to serve black audiences air little local programming and are seldom responsive to the needs of their communities.”
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Tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET and 9 a.m. CT, One Solution (comprised of Radio One, News One and Interactive One) will air Aspirations: Helping You Empower Your Financial Future, an hour-long roundtable about credit, money management, and building wealth.
The panel will include author and Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary; financial adviser and author Gail Perry Mason; Michelle Thornhill, SVP and African American segment manager at Wells Fargo; and Wells Fargo SVP Jeff Cosby. Wells Fargo is also sponsoring the event.
Radio One stations including WDMK-FM in Detroit, KMJQ-FM in Houston, and WTLC-FM in Indianapolis will broadcast the show. You can also catch it online and on TV One at different points this month and in August.
For too long, advertisers have ignored the tremendous buying power of the African American community. But now black media is standing up for their consumers. According to African Business Review, Viacom owned BET, has joined with HuffPost BlackVoices, Black Enterprise, Burrell Communications, Cable Advertising Bureau, Essence Communications, GlobalHue, Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, KJLH Radio, Johnson Publishing Company, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Nielsen, North Star Group, National Newspaper Publishers Association, One Solution, Radio One, TV One, Interactive One, Reach Media, Steve Harvey Radio, TheGrio, The Root, The Africa Channel, UniWorld Group, Vibe Media and Walton Isaacson for the first ever black media and marketing consortium.
Together, the companies will speak to advertisers to raise awareness of the present marketing opportunities in the black community and foster a sense of urgency around this community’s economic ability.
“We are excited to partner with some of the nation’s most influential media and marketing groups to highlight the growing economic opportunity of the Black marketplace,” Debra Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for BET Networks said in a press statement. “As a collective, we are better positioned to demonstrate the value of targeting the black consumer audience and partnering with leading brands to help them succeed.”
Black household earning have increased by 64 percent from 200 to 2009. African Americans possess a buying power of nearly one trillion annually and represent over 42 million strong consumers. According to the Nielsen 2011 State of the African American Consumer, if African Americans were a country, they would represent the 16th largest economy in the world.
African Americans top all other ethnic groups in the spending on automobiles, wine & spirits, baby care products, groceries, health and beauty products, personal care products, apparel, electronics, movies and travel and entertainment.
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It’s a rough week for Matthew Knowles. First his divorce to Tina was finalized, now Radio One has banned all music acts who are associated with him.
The ban is part of TV One’s suit against BET, MTV, and Music World Music for violating its exclusive rights to the Essence Music Festival. Mathew Knowles’ Music World Music company brokered the deal for the Essence Music Festival broadcast with TV One and his company is being accused of re-issuing the content to BET, MTV and BET’s Centric Network despite TV One’s four-year exclusivity agreement.
Now, according to EURweb, TV One’s sister company, Radio One, has pulled all of Knowles’ Music World songs and artists from their radio stations nationwide.
“All Radio One personnel were told to pull all Music World artists out of rotation immediately and indefinitely! We were told that the mandate came straight from Ms. Hughes and that there would be ramifications for anyone playing or mentioning a Music World artist or song on air,” an anonymous Radio One employee told them.
Radio One owns at least 12 gospel stations across the country and Music World Gospel has a strong roster of artists, including Juanita Bynum, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Micah Stampley and BET’s “Sunday Best” winners Le’Andria Johnson and Amber Bullock.
Radio One has also pulled music by Destiny’s Child and other previous songs released in conjunction with Music World but the ban has not directly impacted newer solo releases by Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, or Michelle Williams who terminated their management agreements prior to the suit.
Looks like Beyonce and Kelly got out of there just in time.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(Daily Beast) — Al Sharpton wasn’t just pleasing prospective employer MSNBC when he became the first major black leader to endorse the controversial Comcast/NBC merger. It turns out he was also enriching his current employer, Radio One, the largest black-owned radio company in the country, which has paid him more money than he’s made anywhere else in his life. The Daily Beast has already reported that just months after Sharpton played a pivotal role in pushing the merger, he became a regular substitute host and appears now to be in line for a fulltime anchor post on Comcast’s MSNBC. As awkward as that coincidence is, how about a conflict of interest he did not disclose in his letters to the Federal Communications Commission—or his other pro-merger activities? He was trumpeting a merger that’s already paid dividends to Radio One and its affiliate TV One, which reportedly pay him $700,000-a-year for his six-year-old radio show, commentary, and other appearances on TV One, and occasional blogging on their joint website, NewsOne.
(SBA.gov) — Among the largest African-American owned and operated media corporations in the United States, Radio One was started by Catherine L. Hughes in 1980. Radio One owns and/or operates 53 radio stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States. The company One received investments totaling $9.5 million from SBA-licensed SBICs in the late 1990s. Hughes also received an SBA-guaranteed 7(a) loan for $600,000 in 1980.
(BlackWeb2.0) — Interactive One, the digital arm of media company Radio One, has made a big addition to its management team. Navarrow Wright, co-founder of Global Grind and Black Web 2.0 contributor has joined the company as their new Chief Technology Officer. In his new role, Wright will be responsible “for leading the technology, site architecture and IT strategies, to ensure Interactive One provides its consumers with superior product delivery and user experience.”
(The Network Journal) — Karen Mills, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, named radio and TV magnate Catherine L. Hughes to chair the agency’s new Advisory Council on Underserved Communities. Launched on Dec. 15, the Council will consist of 20 members from across the country and will provide input, advice and recommendations on how the SBA, through its programs, can help strengthen competitiveness and sustainability for small businesses in underserved communities.
(Radio World) — For 30 years Radio One has prided itself on serving black and urban Americans. Today, the company has 53 stations in 16 U.S. markets and bills itself as being “the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners.” But radio is just the beginning. The footprint of its family of brands — local radio, syndicated radio shows, digital assets and TV — makes its content available to 82 percent of the U.S. African-American audience. “We take a true multi-platform approach to reaching our people whichever way we can,” says Dan Shelley, the radio division’s GM of digital. “These days, having a multi-platform approach is just the cost of doing business — and we are definitely here to do business.”
(Market Watch) — Radio One, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROIAK and ROIA) will celebrate 30 years of service to the community with 30 days of giving back in October 2010. Radio One is one of the largest broadcasting companies in the country and the largest that primarily targets African-Americans. All 1,300 employees, at all 52 radio stations, in all 16 markets will roll up their sleeves to give back to the local communities that have embraced them for the last three decades, as they “Celebrate 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving Back.