Sheila Brown become the first Black woman to own a radio station in Buffalo, New York according to WIVB 4. Brown started her career working in radio at WUFO in Buffalo, New York during the 1980’s. Once new management arrived, Brown decided to leave after 14 years of working. However, she made a plan to come back one day. Then eight years later she came back and bought the radio station. Brown has now made history becoming the first Black woman to own a radio station in Buffalo. Brown remembered on her years working and all the obstacles she faced along the way.
“I looked at the building, and I waved and said, ‘Don’t worry baby, I’ll be back.’ I went through everything; we had banks say no like three times before they said yes, credit unions said ‘no your business plan needs to be updated,’ but True Bethel and Bishop Darius Pridge, they had faith in me,” Brown told the news station.
The native of Buffalo, always dreamed of doing extraordinary things.
“My uncles coming to see us would go, ‘hey, here comes our superstar.’ Not saying it to boost me but just positive affirmation, so I never was afraid of anything I was going to do,” Brown said.
Brown added an FMFM channel to WUFO in partnership with Power 96.5. The decision has taken the company to the next level, opening several opportunities and expanding visibility to millions.
“Since we’ve been FMFM, we were able to get morning shows, syndicated shows, and it gave us a real footprint in the industry,” Brown said. “It feels good, but it’s sad in 2021 we’re still talking about the first of anything, but I’m just proud that the lord used me to be the first woman of color to own a radio station. The Vice President said she might be the first but not the last, so my goal is to prep other people.”