The Washington Syndicate

Radio One & Kathy Hughes fakin’ moves in the ‘hood

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on February 26, 2010

Taken from the SW corner of 7th & S Street looking northeast towards T Street NW where the proposed Radio One property would have been. Photo circa summer 2006 courtesy Washington Syndicate


The Syndicate is not, now, nor has ever been, a fan of Nebraska born AKA Kathy Hughes, whose last name is that of Dewey Hughes, the man who met with Petey Greene in Lorton and eventually helped launch his successful career.   

Radio One, founded in the city in 1979 when the Hughes’ bought WOL 1450, is currently headquartered in Lanham, Maryland. Touting itself as the “Urban Media Specialist” on its website, Radio One promotes the nationally syndicated Al Sharpton Show along with its 53 stations in 16 urban markets throughout the country.   

According to today’s Post article the company has seen a massive decline in advertising revenue causing its stock to fluctuate from a high of $8 to $0.20.   

City Council member Jim Graham, who represents Ward 1 said Radio One has okey-doked the city   

“To be told at the 11th hour that they would not be coming was quite a setback,” he said. “This was a very significant turn of events.”   

Radio One has and its crew has been boo jangling for a long minute; since 2005.  

The below is from a 2006 Post article,  

They plan to build a $100 million, mixed-use project next to the Shaw-Howard University Metro stop along Seventh Street NW between S and T streets. It would include a 100,000-square-foot office building for Radio One Inc., which plans to move its headquarters from Lanham. Just as the plaza at Rockefeller Center in New York lures visitors with a view of NBC’s “Today” show, Ellis wants his development built around a plaza with a window on Radio One’s shows.   

The project, called Broadcast Center One, is also to include 23,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and 182 condominiums that will range in price from $400,000 to the mid-$500,000s, Ellis said. Construction is planned to begin by year-end and be completed in early 2009.  

More from 2007 here.  

The United Negro College Fund now plans to occupy the space according to several local reports.  

Believe none of what of you hear and half of what you see. Maybe The Syndicate will believe it when The Syndicate sees it. Be careful what you read and what you believe. As they say in the streets of my city, “Get me, don’t shit me.” This has now proven Radio One is some dookie. The Syndicate is not afraid to check this self-serving fraud.  

Radio One fakin’ moves covered by Left for LeDroit, Washington Business Journal, 14th & You, NBC Washington,

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DC History Focus_Cedar Hill and the Anacostia Sage

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on February 26, 2010

The Frederick Douglass house looms large over W Street SE and Anacostia on a recent morning while elementary students enjoy a field trip. Courtesy Washington Syndicate


The Syndicate found this from an April 1997 National Park System Advertising Special in Newsweek and thinks it would be negligent not to share. 

Cedar Hill and the Anacostia Sage  

The unpretentious yet dominating home, on the heights above the Anacostia River, provided its owner with a commanding view of the U.S. Capitol and the city of Washington. Its owner was a remarkable self-taught man who became a commanding figure in American history. 

Slave, abolitionist, human rights activist, linguist, diplomat, author, editor, orator–Frederick Douglass was all these things, a role model for all people, for all times.  

“To those who have suffered in slavery, I can say, I, too, have suffered…to those who have battled for liberty, brotherhood and citizenship, I can say, I, too, have battled.” 

From a 1990 Post article, “Cedar Hill was the last home of Douglass, the orator, abolitionist and journalist who became known as the “Sage of Anacostia” after he settled there in 1877. Douglass, who was born in 1817, died in 1895 and his home has since been declared a national shrine. 

According to Wikipedia, “The site of the Frederick Douglass home was originally purchased by John Van Hook circa 1855. Van Hook built the main portion of the present house soon after taking possession of the property. For a portion of 1877 the house was owned by the Freedom Savings and Trust Company. Later that year Douglass purchased it and eventually expanded its 14 rooms to 21, including two-story library and kitchen wings. The house has an “L” shape and its plan is reminiscent of the design of Andrew Jackson Downing.” 

The Park Service’s minimal website contains, 

 “In 1872, Douglass moved to Washington, DC where he initially served as publisher of the New National Era, which was intended to carry forward the work of elevating the position of African Americans in the post-Emancipation period. This enterprise was discontinued when the promised financial backing failed to materialize. In this period Douglass also served briefly as President of the Freedmen’s National Bank, and subsequently in various national service positions, including US Marshal for the District of Columbia, and diplomatic positions in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.” 

This Chapter 12 excerpt of Narrative, always struck me as testament to the drive Douglass had his entire life, 

“The plan which I adopted, and the one by which I was most successful, was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street. As many of these as I could, I converted into teachers. With their kindly aid, obtained at different times and in different places, I finally succeeded in learning to read. 

When I was sent of errands, I always took my book with me, and by going one part of my errand quickly, I found time to get a lesson before my return. I used also to carry bread with me, enough of which was always in the house, and to which I was always welcome; for I was much better off in this regard than many of the poor white children in our neighborhood. This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge. 

I am strongly tempted to give the names of two or three of those little boys, as a testimonial of the gratitude and affection I bear them; but prudence forbids;–not that it would injure me, but it might embarrass them; for it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country.” 

Some great photos and content about Cedar Hill from D.C. Confidential here.


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