Women in broadcasting ownership

Donna Halper dlh@donnahalper.com
Thu Aug 11 19:44:14 EDT 2011

On 8/11/2011 5:52 PM, Doug Drown wrote:
> Here's an interesting question for everyone on the Board:  Who can come up with names of women who have owned broadcasting stations?   This occurred to me this morning.  I can think of two off the top of my head:  Katharine Graham, obviously, of Post-Newsweek; and Helen Sloane Dudman and daughter Martha, who for years owned WDEA and WWMJ in Ellsworth, Maine.  Beyond them, I'm scratching my head trying to think of others.
Do you mean just in New England, or everywhere?  In New England, the 
first women owners I know about were in 1940 when two women bought WOCB 
on Cape Cod.  I'll go find their names for you.  But the first woman in 
the USA to own a station was Marie Zimmerman of Vinton Iowa, who put 
WIAE on the air in the summer of 1922.

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