UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015:
Alfred C. Liggins, president and CEO of Radio One, joined an esteemed list of alumni when he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Tuesday night.
The star-studded gala, hosted by Regis Philbin and Hoda Kotb, was one for the books. Liggins’ recognition marked history, as he and mother Cathy Hughes — Founder of Radio One Inc. — became the first mother-son duo to be inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame.
His mother, Liggins told NewsOne during a red carpet interview, is who he credits for the success of the groundbreaking company.
“She would say ‘praise to God for whom all blessings flow.’ I am thankful I flowed from her, that I won the ovarian lottery…I have been her copilot in her entrepreneurial journey,” he said during his acceptance speech.
“I will end with a sales pitch. When 50 percent of the population will be Black or brown, a brand’s survival depends on it connecting with these audiences.”
Check out exclusive photographs from the B&C Hall of Fame gala below.
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 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 parent company of NewsOne.com.
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.
You can find more information on the upcoming ceremony here.
PHOTO CREDIT: Radio One