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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/1/1947
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/1/1947
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Broadcasting executive Pierre M. Sutton was born on February 1, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Percy E. Sutton and Leatrice Sutton. He attended the University of Toledo in Ohio and received his B.A. degree in 1968. Sutton then pursued graduate studies at the University of Kentucky and New York University, and later completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

In 1971, Sutton, along with his father, co-founded the The New York Courier, a weekly newspaper, where he served as the executive editor until 1972. During that time, he also fulfilled duties as the vice president of Inner City Research & Analysis Corporation in New York City. Also in 1971, Sutton’s father co-founded Inner City Broadcasting Corporation (ICBC), one of the first African American-owned broadcasting companies in the United States. When ICBC acquired WLIB Radio in New York City in 1972, Sutton was brought on as the public affairs director. He then served as the vice president of ICBC from 1975 until 1977. Then, in 1977, Sutton became the president of ICBC and assumed responsibilities of the company’s radio stations in New York and California.

Sutton has held leadership positions in numerous professional, business and non-profit organizations. He served as a member of the board of directors for the Better Business Bureau of Harlem from 1972 to 1977; then Sutton was named as the inaugural vice president of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB). He also became a member of the board of directors for the Minority Investment Fund. Sutton’s community involvement includes serving as the chairman of the board of directors for the Harlem Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. He was selected to sit on the board of directors for the New York City Marathon in 1979, and was appointed as its executive commissioner. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Hayden Planetarium, and as a member of the board of trustees for the Alvin & Ailey Dance Foundation.

Pierre M. Sutton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Pierre Sutton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Pierre Sutton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Pierre Sutton describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Pierre Sutton describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Pierre Sutton talks about his father's move to New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Pierre Sutton describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Pierre Sutton talks about his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Pierre Sutton recalls his neighborhood in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Pierre Sutton describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Pierre Sutton talks about his home life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Pierre Sutton recalls his early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Pierre Sutton describes his schooling in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Pierre Sutton describes his father's law practice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Pierre Sutton talks about his dyslexia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Pierre Sutton describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Pierre Sutton talks about his college education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Pierre Sutton recalls his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Pierre Sutton remembers the black market during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Pierre Sutton talks about acquiring The New York Courier
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Pierre Sutton remembers the Woolfolk-Petioni family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Pierre Sutton remembers the Woolfolk-Petioni family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Pierre Sutton describes the content of The New York Courier
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Pierre Sutton describes the Inner City Research and Analysis Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Pierre Sutton talks about the life and death of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Pierre Sutton recalls the impact of the Vietnam War on his relationship with his parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Pierre Sutton remembers the acquisition of WLIB Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Pierre Sutton talks about the success of WBLS Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Pierre Sutton recalls the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation's community involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Pierre Sutton talks about the initial financing of the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Pierre Sutton describes his initial role at the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Pierre Sutton talks about the black politics of the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Pierre Sutton talks about the role of radio in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Pierre Sutton describes the programming on WBLS Radio and WLIB Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Pierre Sutton remembers the invention of the circular polarized antenna
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Pierre Sutton talks about Dionne Warwick
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Pierre Sutton describes his father's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Pierre Sutton remembers David Lampel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Pierre Sutton reflects upon the impact of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Pierre Sutton describes the founding of Essence magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Pierre Sutton recalls the expansion of the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Pierre Sutton remembers the economic and political challenges of the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Pierre Sutton remembers his acquisition strategy for the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Pierre Sutton describes the founding of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Pierre Sutton compares the black communities in New York City and Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Pierre Sutton talks about the Harlem Clubhouse
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Pierre Sutton remembers his financial challenges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Pierre Sutton remembers meeting Coleman Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Pierre Sutton talks about Inner City Broadcasting Corporation's expansion into California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Pierre Sutton remembers the revitalization of the Apollo Theater in New York City, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Pierre Sutton remembers the revitalization of the Apollo Theater in New York City, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Pierre Sutton remembers selling KGFJ Radio and KUTE Radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Pierre Sutton talks about the work of Janice Campbell and Vy Higgensen
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Pierre Sutton talks about his competition from disco radio stations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Pierre Sutton recalls the competition between WBLS Radio and WRKS Radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Pierre Sutton talks about the deregulation of the broadcasting industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Pierre Sutton talks about Charles Warfield, Jr.'s career at WBLS Radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Pierre Sutton remembers 'Showtime at the Apollo'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Pierre Sutton remembers the introduction of cable television
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Pierre Sutton talks about the changes in cable franchise agreements
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Pierre Sutton talks about the Queens Inner Unity Cable System and Urban Cable Works
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Pierre Sutton describes his partnership with Time Warner Cable
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Pierre Sutton talks about the merger of the National Black Network and Mutual Black Network
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Pierre Sutton recalls the pressure to expand the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Pierre Sutton remembers his failed deal with Cathy Hughes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Pierre Sutton recalls the problems with the Apollo Theater revitalization project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Pierre Sutton recalls his father's ambition to develop Africa's cable infrastructure
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Pierre Sutton talks about his father's impact on New York City's Harlem community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Pierre Sutton remembers the Telecommunications Act of 1996