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Armstrong Williams: Largest Black Owner Of TV Stations In The U.S.

The Importance Of Building More African-American Owned Media Outlets!

For Williams, the 56-year-old Marion, South Carolina native and former aide to the late Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), the arch-segregationist Democrat and Dixiecrat candidate for President in 1948 who switched parties in the 1960’s, the news of his rise to media magnate comes after more than three decades of building a network of personal and professional contacts rivaled by few in the hyper-connected world of the Washington, D.C. Beltway.

After graduating from South Carolina State University in 1981, Williams worked as an aide to Thurmond then worked for four years as the assistant to now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A fixture of the behind-the-scenes Republican and GOP community in Washington, D.C., Williams branched out to partner with Oprah Winfrey’s long-time boyfriend Stedman Graham to form the Graham Williams Group, an international marketing and public relations agency in 1991.

Since the 1990’s, Williams has hosted several radio programs—he currently hosts his own weeknight radio show on Sirius XM’s Urban View network, Channel 126 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm—as well as numerous television programs over the years. He also owns a television production company.

The black businessman with the next largest ownership interest is Pluria Marshall Jr., sole owner of the recently formed Marshall Broadcasting Group, which purchased three Fox-affiliated television stations from Nexstar in 2014 for $58 million.

Now Mr. Williams says his strategy is to build up a larger network that will focus on local markets, serving specific demographic groups with both regular and special programming.

“We want people to trust journalism again, especially broadcast journalism. We want people to be able to look at this and see it as being fair, unbiased and not having any political ideology. We don’t want our journalists to be celebrities making the news, we want them to report the news,” Mr. Williams said.

BW salutes Armstrong Williams for becoming the largest black owner of TV stations in America and building a model for other African-Americans to follow. We need more black-owned media, to tell our stories, to change the narrative and uplift, educate and entertain our communities. Black Westchester strives to follow the tradition of those who came before us while being an example for those who come after us.

 

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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