Pioneer Broadcast Owner Dorothy Brunson Passes
August 4, 2011 at 4:13 PM (PT)
DOROTHY BRUNSON, who became the first African-American female station owner in AMERICA , when she purchased WEBB-A in BALTIMORE, died SUNDAY (7/31) of complications from ovarian cancer at MERCY MEDICAL CENTER.
“Thanks to the pioneering work of Ms. BRUNSON, the world of broadcast media was opened up to African-American entrepreneurs and business leaders,” said BALTIMORE Mayor STEPHANIE RAWLINGS BLAKE. “Her vision and commitment to excellence at every level of the business led to her success and paved the way for others to find success in cities across AMERICA.”
Ms. BRUNSON was also the first African-American woman to own and operate a television station, with her launch of WGTW-TV in PHILADELPHIA in 1986. She was born in GEORGIA and raised in HARLEM, NY. Funeral services will begin with the viewing SATURDAY morning AUGUST 6th at the PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AME ZION CHURCH, 1128 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. in BALTIMORE at 10a with the memorial service to follow at 11a. Ms. BRUNSON was 82.