Annual Edition 'Buying Power of
Black America' report breaks down billions in expenditures Black
consumers are responding to tighter economic condition by focusing more of
their spending on items and services that improve their homes and
lifestyle. That's one of the trends revealed in the 15th annual report,
"The Buying Power of Black America," published by Target Market News. The
report analyzes spending for black households in 2008 and finds that
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Small, a pioneering owner in radio broadcasting, dies unexpectedly at 72
9, 2010) Sydney "Syd" L. Small, one of the nation's pre-eminent
African-American broadcast owners for more than three decades, died
suddenly this past weekend in New York. He was 72 years old.
His death was confirmed by Access.1 Communications where he was chairman
and CEO. Further information about his passing was not immediately
available. The company owns radio stations in New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Texas, and Louisiana, also has television stations in
Atlantic City and New Jersey.
Small's pioneering career as an owner in broadcasting spanned 37 years.
A native of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant, he left an executive position
at Time Inc. in 1972 to co-found, with partner Eugene Jackson, Unity
Broadcasting Network and National Black Network. NBN was the first
African American-owned line connected radio network in the U.S.
In 1991, in what was to that point the biggest deal in the history of
black radio, National Black Network and Sheridan Broadcasting
Corporation came together to form what is now American Urban Radio
Networks. Today, AURN is the only African-American owned network radio
company in the United States. It is the largest network reaching urban
America, with more than 200 weekly shows reaching an estimated 20
Access.1, which owns 49% of AURN, also owns SuperRadio, a general market
syndication company which distributes 40 radio programs through over
1400 affiliate agreements with more than 725 radio stations.
"Sydney Small was a great friend and colleague," said Jim Winston of the
National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. "We worked together on
NABOB related issues for over 25 years, and throughout that time I
always knew I could count on him for guidance and support. He was
always ready to give his time and resources to promote the success of
black broadcasters. On a personal level, he was a very good hearted
person with a great sense of humor, and he tried to help people in any
way he could. I and everyone in NABOB will miss him greatly."