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 (1360 AM) in Baltimore, Maryland, a longtime popular feature and pride of the city's black community since its establishment in 1955. The purchase was made from the famous "Godfather of Soul", entertainer/performer/singer James Brown, (1933-2006). She also later purchased radio stations in Atlanta and Wilmington, North Carolina.[1]

Brunson would sell off her radio stations eleven years later in 1990 to provide funding to establish WGTW-TV (Channel 48), licensed to Burlington, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, to the east across the Delaware River, becoming the first African-American woman to establish a television station.[2][3][4] She later sold WGTW-TV to the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 2004, as the station was experiencing additional hardships with limited financial resources in acquiring additional quality syndicated programming. She died in July 2011 in Baltimore.


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


  1. ^ a b "The thrill of winning - profile of Dorothy Brunson CEO of Brunson Communications Inc - International Business Profile Series". Black Enterprise. Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., Inc. November 1995. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ Baltimore Sun: "Radio station WEBB is sold owner says format to stay", October 19, 1990.
  3. ^ a b Baltimore Sun: "Dorothy E. Brunson, radio station owner, dies", August 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Rhonda (August 1994). "25 black women who have made a difference in business - brief profiles - Cover Story". Black Enterprise. Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., Inc. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 

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