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On Feb. 15

Perry to Receive Hall Of Excellence Award

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--Russell M. Perry, chairman and chief executive officer of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, will receive the Hall of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Award of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore during awards ceremonies next month.

The ceremonies will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Student Services Ballroom at the university.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the awards banquet will begin at 7 p.m.

The awards banquet is sponsored by the university’s national alumni association.

“Recipients are recognized every other year for significant achievements in the alumni association, the arts, business, community services, education, politics, sports and publishing,” a statement said.

After his tenure as editor and part-owner of The Black Dispatch, Mr. Perry founded The Black Chronicle in 1979, and went on to establish Perry Publishing & Broadcasting after purchasing the company’s first radio station in the early 1990’s.

Today, The Black Chronicle is the largest paid-circulation weekly newspaper in Oklahoma, with subscribers throughout Oklahoma and in every state in the continental United States, as well as in some foreign countries.

Perry Publishing & Broadcasting now owns 25 radio stations that broadcast throughout Oklahoma (including in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Anadarko and Duncan, as well as in Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina.

Perry Broadcasting is the largest privately-owned and minority-owned broadcasting company in the United States.

A 1957 graduate of Douglass High School in Oklahoma City as an All-American star quarterback football player for the Trojans, he attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on a football scholarship.

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