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Dorothy Brunson, the first African-American woman to own a radio station, has died at 72-years-old.

Brunson died Sunday of complications from ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, according to Baltimore Sun.

The media pioneer acquired Baltimore’s WEBB-AM in 1979 and later added stations in Atlanta and Wilmington, N.C., as well as a TV station in Philadelphia.

“Thanks to the pioneering work of Ms. Brunson, the world of broadcast media was opened up to African-American entrepreneurs and business leaders,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “Her vision and commitment to excellence at every level of the business led to her success and paved the way for others to find success in cities across America.”

Read more at BaltimoreSun.com

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