Media Mogul, SC State Alumnus to Speak on Broadcast Industry

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Media mogul, political commentator, entrepreneur and SC State alumnus, Armstrong Williams, is the upcoming guest speaker for the Executive Speaker Series. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. He will offer students insight into the broadcast industry.

Armstrong WilliamsWilliams is the founder and CEO of Howard Stirk Holdings. HSH creates diverse content involving politics, entertainment and topics of social and cultural relevance. He manages six television stations and plans for more growth in the future. In addition to having mostly minority employees, Williams has been named the largest minority owner of broadcast television stations in the U.S., by the FCC. The broadcast television industry currently contains less than two percent of minority ownership.

Williams has extensive experience in television programming. Since 1995, he has produced weekly television shows that broadcast nationally and internationally. He currently operates subsidiary channels at the following locations: Birmingham, Alabama; Flint, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Charleston, South Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

During his career, he produced prime-time specials with several notable individuals including, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas; poet, Maya Angelo; former Vice President, Dick Cheney; retired professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather; comedian and television host, Steve Harvey and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Williams is also the host of “The Armstrong Williams Show,” which is a nationally broadcasted show that airs daily on SiriusXM Urban View, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

He is a columnist with Creators Syndicate and has been a frequent guest on several shows including, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Charlie Rose,” “Joy Behar Show” and TV One’s “News One Now” with journalist, Roland Martin. Moreover, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Sky News and DC TV.

He has served on several boards including, the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, Newsmax Advisory Council and Independence Federal S&L Bank. He currently serves on the Carson Scholars Fund board, which was founded by current U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson.

The media powerhouse formerly served as Carson's business manager.

Among his vast accomplishments, the SC State graduate has served as the executive editor of American Currentsee magazine in partnership with The Washington Times newspaper.

In 2016, he was named Media Owner of the Year by Multicultural Media.

Additionally, he created the Howard Stirk Holdings Media Fellows and D.C. Opportunity Media Scholarships. In March of 2017, he donated $250,000 to SC State University’s communications and journalism program and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater.

For more information about the Executive Speaker Series, contact the School of Business at (803) 536-8186.