Pioneer Broadcast Owner Ragan Henry Passes
August 8, 2008 at 8:24 AM (PT)
RAGAN HENRY, the first AFRICAN-AMERICAN to own a network-affiliated television station, WHEC-TV in RCHOSETER, NEW YORK, has passed. The HARVARD lawyer and businessman and his partners bought their first radio station, WAOK-A in ATLANTA in the early 70’s.
HENRY went on to become the major shareholder of various media corporations. By 1990 RAGAN HENRY owned more than 60 radio stations nationwide.
In 2003, the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’s LIBRARY OF AMERICAN BROADCASTING named him one of the "First Fifty Giants of Broadcasting," along with such familiar names as JACK BENNY, BILL COSBY, EDWARD R. MURROW, WILLIAM PALEY and DAVID SARNOFF. HENRY was 74. No details are available on funeral arrangements