Dorothy Brunson

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Dorothy Edwards Brunson (March 13, 1939 – July 31, 2011) was a notable African-American broadcaster.

Between 1973 and 1979, Brunson was an executive with Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, which owned five radio stations including WLIB and WBLS in New York City.[1]

After leaving Inner City Broadcasting, Brunson was the first African-American female to own a radio station in 1979, WEBB in Baltimore, Maryland. She also later purchased radio stations in Atlanta and Wilmington, North Carolina.[1]

Brunson would sell off her radio stations in 1990 to provide funding to establish WGTW-TV in Burlington, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, becoming the first African-American woman to establish a television station.[2][3][4] She later sold WGTW to Trinity Broadcasting Network.


Brunson succumbed to ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore on July 31, 2011, at age 72.[3][5]


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