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Barry A. Mayo

Barry A. Mayo

Barry Mayo is currently the President of the Radio Division for Radio One, Inc., one of the nations's largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners.

He had previously been the President of Mayomedia, a boutique media consulting firm.

Prior to opening his consulting firm, this veteran broadcasting owner, radio manager, urban radio programmer, and leading urban consultant was Senior Vice President / Market Manager of Emmis Communications New York's WQHT-FM (Hot 97), WRKS-FM (98.7 KISS FM) and WQCD-FM (CD101.9), a position he held from December, 2002 until June of 2006.

From 1988 to 1995, as President of Broadcasting Partners, Inc., a publicly traded company, Mayo used his programming and management background to lead numerous radio stations to success. Under his leadership, Broadcasting Partners, Inc., originally a five-station group grew to a nine-station publicly traded radio company with stations in New York, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago and Charlotte.

Mr. Mayo's career came full circle when he joined Emmis in 2002, as during the 1980s he spent seven years at WRKS-FM (KISS-FM) in New York. He began as Assistant Program Director and spent his last four years there as Vice President and General Manager.

Prior to joining WRKS, he served as Program Director for WGCI-FM in Chicago, WMAK in Nashville, WRAP in Norfolk and KALO in Little Rock.

Barry has been acknowledged by Radio Ink Magazine as one of the 30 Most Influential African Americans in Radio and one of the 20 Best Managers in Radio - Major Market. In addition, he was the recipient of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago Martin Luther King Legacy Award, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black Programmers Coalition and has received several Program Director of the year awards during his career. He is a trustee of Providence St. Mel High School, on the Board of Trustees of Columbia College and has served as chair of the National Jazz Museum in Chicago.

Mr. Mayo received a B.A. in Radio from Howard University and served as the first General Manager of the student-run WHBC. He has three children, Barry II, Alana and Alexander. He is a voracious reader, photographer and intense jazz lover.