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Radio One, Inc. Hires John Mason in Detroit

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Radio One, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROIAK; ROIA) announced today that it has hired John Mason to serve as its morning show host on WDMK-FM in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Mason joins Radio One from WJLB-FM in Detroit, where he had hosted the morning show for 18 years. His show has been consistently ranked the number one African-American morning show in Detroit. Mr. Mason's first show on WDMK-FM was broadcast on July 30, 2001.

Commenting on this hire, Alfred C. Liggins, III, the Company's CEO and President, stated, "John Mason is an icon in the radio industry and in Detroit radio in particular. We are honored that he has chosen to join our Company and we look forward to building WDMK-FM into a highly rated Urban radio station with John at the helm."

Radio One is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2000 pro forma revenue) in the United States and the largest primarily targeting African-American and urban listeners. Pro forma for all announced acquisitions and operating agreements, the Company owns and/or operates 65 radio stations located in 22 of the largest markets in the United States.

This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Because these statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the absence of a combined operating history with an acquired company or radio station and the potential inability to integrate acquired businesses, need for additional financing, high degree of leverage, granting of rights to acquire certain portions of the acquired company's or radio station's operations, variable economic conditions and consumer tastes, as well as restrictions imposed by existing debt and future payment obligations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are described in the Company's reports on Forms 10-K and 10- Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more information contact Scott R. Royster, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at 301-429-2642.

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SOURCE Radio One, Inc.

CONTACT: Scott R. Royster, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial