Summers, William E. III(born: 1918 - died: 1996)
Born in Louisville, KY, William E. Summers, III is thought to be the first African American to manage a radio station in the U.S. (1967) as well as the first African American radio station owner in Kentucky (1970). Summers was also a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He served on the Kentucky Derby Board beginning in 1972, and was chair in 1984. For more see "1st black to own radio station in Ky., William Summers, dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 05/18/1996, Obituaries section, p. C2; and "First African-American to manage radio station," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/27/2004, City&Region section, p. B1. See also "Rev. Dr. William E. Summers III" at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rigts webpage.