Broadcaster Percy Sutton Dead at 89; Was Malcolm X’s Lawyer, First Black Owner of Radio in NYC and Had Cable TV Interests as Well

Dec 28, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Percy Sutton, a politician who was Malcolm X’s lawyer and later became the first black owner of a radio station in New York City, died over the weekend, at age 89, the New York Times reports.

While Manhattan Borough President in 1971, Sutton bought, with a group, the city’s largest black newspaper, The New York Amsterdam News, and later, AM station WLIB. Through his Inner City Broadcasting, Sutton eventually acquired 18 radio stations in several cities, cable franchises in New York and Philadelphia and the Harlem theater the Apollo, which was later turned over to a non-profit.

–Elizabeth Jensen


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