2015 Legacy Inductee


Wayne Brown

1957 - 2012

Wayne Brown was born in Washington, D.C. in 1957 and grew up in northeastern North Carolina, the son of a barber and beautician. After graduation from Syracuse University, he went right into sales hawking Vicks cold medicine on the beaches of Long Island. He succeeded. His first job in broadcasting came in 1978 as an overnight security guard at New York's WCBS-AM. He worked his way up to the position of General Manager. In 1991, he relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, to manage Broadcast Partners, Incorporated's mainstream Urban, Urban Adult Contemporary and Black Gospel AM radio stations. Brown left Charlotte in 2000 to manage Atlanta stations owned by Radio One. After leaving Radio One he was general manager of Atlanta’s "Streetz 94.5 FM." Wayne was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, a member of the 100 Black Men of America and First Congregational Church in Atlanta. He served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta March of Dimes, True Colors Theater Company and Atlanta Association of Diabetes Walk America. Wayne will be remembered for mentoring young people pursuing careers in entertainment and broadcasting. Brown died in 2012.

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