November 2016 Honoree
Sheila L. Brown
CEO, Vision Multi-Media
Owner, WUFO 1080 AM radio
Sheila L. Brown is a multi-tasker supreme: she’s CEO of Vision Multi-Media and the owner of WUFO 1080 AM radio, and most recently she’s added author to her responsibilities. In 2015, Brown released her first book, “29 Years of Preparation.” The book describes the arc of her career, first as a Red Cross employee, moving on to salesperson at WUFO and then sales manager, and finally as Western New York’s first black, female owner of a radio station, WUFO 1080 AM.
Sheila hopes to inspire other women to entrepreneurship: “Dream write and pray. That’s all you have to do. If you know that you have a burning in your heart, and it keeps nagging at you, then the Lord is saying ‘This is what you have to do.’ If you’ve been praying on it and you know this is what you want to do, you have to start writing it down. You can’t just think that a dream is just going to jump out of the sky, because it’s not. There’s definitely preparation and planning that comes with it. If you really heard from the Lord, it will come to fruition. I took a leap of faith and every day I just try to increase my faith in Him.”
Brown is CEO of WUFO 1080 AM, the 52-year-old Buffalo Hall of Fame-inducted, heritage station which serves the African-American community. In 2013, WUFO from aging headquarters on 89 LaSalle to its new location in the African-American Heritage Corridor in Buffalo in company with the Colored Musicians Club, Nash House, and Michigan Street Baptist Church.
She is a lifelong member of The Pilgrim Baptist Church; Commission board member, The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor; and board member, BPO Diversity Council.
Family is very important to Sheila: she and her husband, Kenneth, have a 22-year-old daughter and twin 18-year-old sons. And she says, “Every day I stand before a collage of pictures of my deceased parents Charles and Frankie, and I am guided by their love and legacy still to this day.”