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Former ‘Power 98’ personality dies in accident

Mark Washburn
Mark Washburn writes television and radio commentary for The Charlotte Observer.

Sheila Stewart, who worked as news and public affairs director for Charlotte’s WPEG-FM ( “Power 98” 97.9) before moving on to a career in news for Radio One’s stations in Washington, was killed Thursday in a traffic accident in Atlanta.

Radio One, a national broadcaster based in Silver Spring, Md., whose properties include WOSF-FM (“Old School” 105.1) in Charlotte, said Stewart’s death was a sad moment for the company. “A talented colleague, Sheila’s contributions will long be felt by her Radio One family and the lives she touched through her various charitable connections and community organizations,” said Cathy Hughes, Founder of Radio One Inc.

Stewart left CBS Radio-owned WPEG-FM in 2004. Most recently, she was news and community affairs director for Radio One’s five Washington stations.

In Charlotte, Stewart started a small private foundation that awarded scholarships to minority college students. She grew up in Great Falls, S.C., the youngest of eight children, and got a communications degree from Benedict College.

Radio One said Stewart’s honors included the Crystal Award For Outstanding Community Service from the National Association of Broadcasters and a National Community Service Award from the FBI for raising $40,000 in one day for a missing 9-year-old girl.

Washburn: 704-358-5007
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