Alfred Liggins

Title: Chairman, TV One

Wonya Lucas

Title: President/ CEO, TV One

Years in Cable: 16

Education: Bachelors, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech; MBA, Wharton

Best Advice: Be true to yourself.

Why Them? Johnathan Rodgers’ legacy is clearly in very capable hands. With Radio One’s majority purchase of TV One, Liggins augmented his role as a cable player, joining the NCTA Board in June and strategizing to maximize the synergy between TV One and his stable of digital and social media properties. Marketing maven Lucas, who left a top spot at Weather Channel to fill Rodgers’ shoes, hit the ground running this year with a keen eye on the network’s branding and plans to bring in more original programming.

Teach Your Children Well: Lucas has spent the last several summers in Kenya with her two daughters, teaching kids in the slums of Nairobi.

Year Ahead: Competition is heating up in TV One’s corner, but the network’s entrenched community roots and new multimedia power play should make it hard to topple.

Wonya Lucas

Favorite restaurant: The Varsity in AtlantaFavorite “going out” town: Paris

The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Passion and commitment while maintaining integrity drive results.

Bands I would actually go see live: Parliament Funkadelic Reunion

Favorite sports team:
The Atlanta Braves!

Favorite vacation spot: Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard

Guilty television pleasure: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (we went to the same high school)

If I could only have authenticated online access to 5 cable networks (not affiliated with my company), they would be: Investigation Discovery, HBO, ESPN, Bravo and A&E ?

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