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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