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September 11, 2004
Dorothy E. Brunson, who became the first African-American woman in the nation to own a radio station when she bought WEBB-AM in Baltimore in 1979, died July 31 of complications from ovarian cancer. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 72.
"Thanks to the pioneering work of Ms. Brunson, the world of broadcast media was opened up to African-American entrepreneurs and business leaders," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "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. Baltimore is proud to be the place where Ms. Brunson led the way as a true pioneer in radio broadcasting."