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The Root: Media Mogul Cathy Hughes Is in It for the Long Run

Media icon Cathy Hughes is always looking on the bright side. As a 16-year-old teen mom, married at 17 and eventually divorced, she saw her son as a blessing and an inspiration to work harder. In the early ’80s she purchased Washington, D.C., station WOL-AM with the help of a Chemical Bank loan at a 28 percent interest rate, which eventually caused her to lose her house and car. She and her young son lived in the station, but she saw it as an opportunity to be there around the clock and learn how it operated....