Dorothy Brunson, the first African-American woman to own a radio station, has died at 72-years-old.
Brunson died Sunday of complications from ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, according to Baltimore Sun.
The media pioneer acquired Baltimore’s WEBB-AM in 1979 and later added stations in Atlanta and Wilmington, N.C., as well as a TV station in Philadelphia.
“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.”